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Gentoo Live CD from Hard Drive: No Mountable Filesystems on root after modules loaded

I am attempting to install Gentoo on my PowerPC Mac. I have reached the point where I can boot the Live CD (I have no functional CD Drive, so it is from a spare Hard Drive), but after the kernel is ...
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Why does Chromium use so much disk space on Gentoo Linux?

I am a newbie on Linux, and I have chosen Gentoo for my Linux distribution. I installed it in VirtualBox for practice purposes only, so I just gave it 10GB of disk space. Yesterday when I tried to ...
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Non-Ebuild Programs on Gentoo

I like the "compile it yourself" philosophy that Gentoo runs on, but how is the support for non-ebuild programs? That might just mean binaries, but also programs in general that were not acquired ...
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What does “WHIRLPOOL size ;-)” mean?

Often when installing or upgrading packages the following appears in the log: * ….tar.gz SHA256 SHA512 WHIRLPOOL size ;-) ... What does this mean and what does the emoticon signify? ;-)
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Firefox and Thunderbird cannot resolve host names - anything else can

One night my firefox just started showing "Server not found" for all websites (i.e. "Firefox can't find the server at www.mozilla.com."). I noticed that it can find websites if make an entry in the ...
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How to find in which overlay is desired package?

How do I identify which overlays (if any) contain a particular package/application?
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How to install Gentoo with VirtualBox and use it as native OS later?

I'd like to try Gentoo (again...). I know that many steps require a lot of configuration and much more time. I'd like to do something else on computer during long waiting, because of that I would like ...
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How to view all packages in some overlay?

I have some overlay installed. How I can see all packages in there ?
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/etc/motd is not displayed when a named pipe?

Running Gentoo 3.4.0 Having recently heard about the /etc/motd file, i tried to have it display random cowsay fortunes. I wrote some random bash script to act as a daemon, feeding the /etc/motd as a ...
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How to use the EXTRA_FIRMWARE_DIR kernel option?

I am using Gentoo, and I need to load an extra firmware to get my USB Wifi adapter work. I found an EXTRA_FIRMWARE_DIR kernel option, but I do not understand if it is used during compile time only or ...
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Changing my toolchain architecture (in gentoo)

This is somewhat gentoo-specific, so I'll explain it in that context, then try to abstract it to a generic linux machine. I accidently set my CHOST to "i686-pc-linux-gnu" in the beginning, not paying ...
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Safe to delete System.map-* files in /boot?

I'm experimenting with generating some custom kernels using genkernel. However, each iteration leaves a file in /boot called System.map-genkernel-<arch>-<version>. Is it safe to rename ...
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russian letters in gentoo console as '?'

I managed to get russian language working in my Gnome apps, but neither in the console (Alt-Shift-F2 and such) nor in the Gnome Terminal valyagentoo va1en0k # locale LANG=ru_RU.UTF-8 ...
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Gentoo does not seem to be booting new kernel

I am pretty much a newbie with Gentoo. I need btrfs filesystem support. I followed the wiki article and rebuilt the kernel, adding btrfs as a built-in kernel object. When I boot the new kernel and try ...
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LVM2 pvdisplay and vgdisplay disagree

In my laptop, I have a single hard drive (/dev/sda). On this hard drive, I have an EFI partition (/dev/sda1), a boot partition (/dev/sda2), and an encrypted partition containing / (/dev/sda3). Inside ...
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Emerge on Gentoo fails with “Multiple package instances within a single package slot have been pulled … in”. How can I resolve this?

I'm trying to install Google Chrome on my recent Gentoo box. But emerge is throwing some errors that are way over my head. I genuinely don't know what the problem even is. !!! Multiple package ...
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How can I revert a package to a specific version on Gentoo?

I'm a Debian user pretty much new to Gentoo. I wanted to install a specific version of a package namely the 1.39.0 version of dev-libs/boost, http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/boost. But I ...
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Does Gentoo Hardened use -fstack-protector-strong?

I'm trying to build a fairly hardened Gentoo install and I'd like to at least make sure that everything is built with -fstack-protector-strong if not -fstack-protector-all. I'm on the ...
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How can I get a package manager on a Samsung Chromebook?

I have enabled developer mode, and I can access the shell, but I don't have the emerge command, I remember reading that ChromeOS is built on Gentoo. How can I get a package manager on ChromeOS?
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What's the difference between “equery depends” and “equery depgraph”?

xi@localhost /usr/src $ equery depgraph gcc | wc -l 872 xi@localhost /usr/src $ equery depends gcc * These packages depend on gcc: app-admin/eselect-python-20100321 (>=sys-devel/gcc-3.4) ...
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VirtualBox: mount a shared folder automatically in Gentoo

I'm currently writing a template (in veewee) to build a vagrant box running Funtoo x86_64. Currently, my box fails the last step for vagrant basebox validate, in which a shared folder has to be ...
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How to set secure permissions for multiple users and multiple websites?

On a Gentoo 3.2.12 server with apache2+php, there are several websites running: /www /website1 /website2 ...etc The apache user should have read-only access to all the websites. There ...
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Display package.mask info gentoo

Is there a tool available in gentoo to simply output why a package has been hard masked? Scrolling through the /usr/portage/profiles tree and reading every package.mask file applicable for your ...
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Strange refresh issue with Chromium on Gentoo

My system is Gentoo 64bit, with KDE4. I have installed chromium and have been using it for a long time without any problem. But recently, I noticed a strange issue. For example, in a text box, if I ...
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No locate.db even after running updatedb

Any clue what's up with this? djc@miles rebar $ sudo updatedb djc@miles rebar $ locate .dialyzer_plt locate: can not stat () `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db': No such file or directory djc@miles rebar $ ...
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Laptop does not power off after it has been suspended to ram

I suspend my laptop using echo mem > /sys/power/state. That works fine and it resumes nicely. Once I try to power it off, it shuts down fine until i see the message Power down. (or similar). ...
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Migrating from Funtoo to Gentoo on a running system

I have a Funtoo system now, but want to migrate (back) to Gentoo. If possible keeping a usable system during the installation (not rebuilding from scratch using a live CD). Both systems should be ...
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setxkbmap switches between 2 out of 3 layouts

Issuing that command: setxkbmap -layout "us,ua,ru" -variant ",winkeys" -option "grp:shift_caps_toggle,grp_led:scroll" -model pc105 -rules xorg When hitting Caps Lock+Shift I'm switching between ...
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Grub2 RAID /boot

I'm using Gentoo on my HomeServer. My HDDs are raid1 mirrored with mdadm. My problem is how to boot the /boot partition correct? /dev/md1 consists of /dev/sdc2 & /dev/sdd2 mounted on /boot In ...
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How to disable portage LICENSE checks

Whenever I install a package with an EULA, portage asks me to add it to package.license: The following license changes are necessary to proceed: (see "package.license" in the portage(5) man page for ...
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Present USE flags upon emerging a package in gentoo

I was wondering if there are any tools to present the compile time options/ flags of a package in Gentoo when emerging. I am referring to something like this
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If you SSH into another computer, how to access other X displays?

This is a query based on personal use. A troll in our local network had downloaded Crikey, the key-event simulator. He used it to simulate events on other computers, leading to unwanted things. For ...
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Why does linux scan my cdrom on boot?

My linux system scans my cdrom on boot. Can I disable that feature without removing my cdrom tray?
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Remove 1 disk from mdadm RAID 0 array

The server has a 7-disk RAID 0 array, and sdf is starting to die. Is there a way to remove sdf while keeping the array intact? # df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/md1 14T ...
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Where can you host a custom Linux Distribution?

I've recently been creating a custom Linux distribution based on Gentoo that includes a custom installer, artwork, development tools, and desktop environment. I have an ISO image and a local mirror ...
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On Gentoo, what is loading up my network interfaces?

I have 2 networking interfaces eth0 (wired) and wlan0 (wireless). Every time the computer boots it tries to bring up both. Most often when there is a LAN cable I don't need wlan0, and vice versa, so ...
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Configure Atheros AR9285 wireless in Gentoo

My laptop has an Atheros AR9285 wireless card. By following the "Network Configuration" section in the Gentoo handbook I chose the ath9k module. The modules seem to be loaded correctly: # lsmod | ...
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Creating one-time cgroup

I would like to be able to create a one-time temporary group in hierarchy. For example: #!/bin/sh run_with_csubgroup /sys/fs/cgroup/group/subgroup/ Which creates group say ...
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Fatal mistake: Uninstalled sys-devel/binutils - emerge don't work anymore

I cleaned up my system 3 weeks ago and made a fatal mistake. Well, I don't really know why, but I uninstalled sys-devel/binutils. After I recognized the mistake I tried re-emerge, but it doesn't ...
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Cannot get Systemd working on GENTOO: Where am i going wrong?

I'm having a massive amount of trouble installing gentoo with systemd; this is a fresh install and not an upgrade. Steps (after partitions etc.. are setup): Unpack AMD64 stage3 and emerge-webrsync ...
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Gentoo Linux Still Popular Today? [closed]

I have installed Gentoo Linux on a Thinkpad T42 and an earlier version Acer Laptop. But it has been years, installation on one laptop after another. I even planned to go further to install Funtoo ...
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Excessively high memory usage reported (3 GB) after reboot

Brief problem description: A 64-bit Gentoo on Intel Core-2 Q6600 reports about 3GB used out of 8GB total memory after reboot. This memory is neither claimed by any process, nor is it used by ...
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How can I query for obsolete/outdated installed packages (ebuilds) on Gentoo?

Installed packages sometimes become obsolete because the package got version bumped and the ebuild for the old version got dropped. Also it happens that packages are dropped completely from the tree ...
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Launching Gentoo from external hard drive

I have an external hard drive (Transcend TS500GSJ25M - not sure M1, M2 or M3, but guess it's M1) and I'd like to install Gentoo on it. It's pretty easy, using genkernel, though it compile a lot of ...
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Is a disabled kernel option equivalent to not loading the corresponding module?

Suppose I set a tristate kernel configuration option to be built as a module, but I don't load the corresponding kernel module at runtime (and it doesn't get loaded automatically). Is the ...
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Installl a specific version of a portage overlay package

I need to install an older version of x11-libs/bamf package , as you can see below there are different versions available I want to install 0.5.0[2], but it always go to 9999 version using "emerge ...
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How to summarize error messages of an emerge run?

An update on a gentoo system with # emerge --update --newuse --deep --keep-going @world creates lots of text on the console. Error messages and warnings appear between less important informative ...
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Debian Jessie GRUB2 on a multi-boot EFI laptop cannot start a Gentoo kernel-initramfs

I have an HP Pavillion Touch 14-N009LA laptop running on an AMD A8-4555M CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 750 GB HD, currently running on dual boot Windows 8.1 accessible via the system's EFI boot manager, and ...
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“provide net” in gentoo init script doesn't work as I thought

I'm running into a strange (to me) problem. I'm running a gentoo with two net interfaces: enp5s0 (wired interface) and wlan0 (wifi). When I try to run a program, for example openvpn, from its script ...
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Mount /etc from disc into squashfs

I've created a gentoo-live system which should be booted from a CF-card. The whole file-system is in a squashfs. I've created a custom initrd which first mounts the CF-card and from there the squashed ...