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Correctly setting environment

I'm using zsh and gdm to run gnome. Some time ago I discovered that variables are not set correctly. For example LANG/LC_ALL are incorrect ("" instead of en_GB.UTF-8). I split the .zshrc into .zshrc ...
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Redirect traffic through vpn on an as needed basis

My problem is really simple yet it sounds complex, but I have zero to none experience with this. I have set up a box using gentoo which has its own semi-static WAN-IP and acts as router for my LAN. I ...
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How to find which package provides a file?

For example, I can't install package qcad because of error: "can't find qdict.h". How can I find the package which provides the file qdict.h so I can install the package qcad?
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what does elibc_FreeBSD mean in gentoo portage overlays?

I have a gentoo overlay which has been added to http://gpo.zugaina.org/. One of my ebuilds recMD5 now shows the use flag elibc_FreeBSD even though I didn't add it. I am also running into it for a ...
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What is the basic difference between Arch and Gentoo Linux? [closed]

What is the difference between Arch Linux and Gentoo Linux? Their ideologies seem quite similar to me.
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Packages to rebuild after upgrading gcc on gentoo systems

Which packages should be rebuilt after upgrading gcc on a gentoo system? Is it sufficient to run # emerge -a --oneshot `equery depends gcc |awk '{print " ="$1}'` as suggested similar for perl in ...
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Why people recommend the -j3 option for make when having a dual-core CPU?

In Gentoo Linux it is possible to set the MAKEOPTS variable in /etc/portage/make.conf to tell make how many jobs it should run in parallel when building packages. Since I have a dual-core CPU, I ...
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On Gentoo, how do I rebuild all packages depended on some other package?

I made mistake and changed perl non-threaded version to threaded by unmerge first, change USE flags to include ithreads and emerge perl again. Now most packages depending on perl are broken. How do I ...
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Suggestions needed for udev, udisks, autofs, notification setup for a complete automounting solution on Linux

Continuing on Automounting plugged devices in linux, which left things a bit basic. Running Gentoo, I'm automounting a combination of local and network devices on my laptop with autofs-5.0.4-r5. Doing ...
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Installing Gentoo packages as an ordinary user (non-root)

Is it possible to install Gentoo packages (ebuild-enabled programs, programs with support for portage) as an ordinary user (non-root) to one's own home directory (--prefix=$HOME or sth. like that)?
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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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Change the number of generated /dev/tty devices

I'm building an embedded Linux system, based on Gentoo. Using udev, all tty devices are probed with a PROGRAM stanza to determine if they are a modem. Right now the system boots up with 64 /dev/tty*. ...
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linux multiple internet connections load balancing with fail handling

I have two ISP connections and need automatic load balancing between them. I also need to handle failed connections (not use one that does not work). First link is a PPTP connection (ppp0), second is ...
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Customize ebuild in Gentoo within the portage tree

How can I customize an ebuild in Gentoo without maintaining a customized package in own overlay? The case is that I need to mark compiled binaries with paxctl. But there are about 100 of such ...
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How can I get full Unicode font coverage for Gentoo Linux?

I've installed over 159 new fonts, all that were possible in Gentoo mirror. But even then, gnucharmap doesn't have: Arabic mathematical alphabet symbols 01ee00 1eebb Arabic Extended-A ࢠ ࣾ Chakma ...
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What is the equivalent of apt-file in portage, if any? [duplicate]

Hunting for dependencies when compiling software from the scratch is practically unavoidable. In Debian-based Linux distributions which use the apt-get utility to manage packages, there is also a nice ...
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Find files that were not installed by the package manager

I'd like to get a list of all files in my Gentoo Linux system that were not installed by the package manager (Portage). This is because I want to keep my system as clean as possible, removing all ...
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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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Trying to transplant bash to /mnt for chroot, what does bash want in order to work?

I have a stage 3 gentoo tarball.. extracted it to /mnt which is hosting /dev/sda3. Though there was no bin and no sign of bash after unpacking. Far as I'm aware, the rest of the configuration involves ...
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How / where to get sources for kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r4 in Gentoo Linux distribution?

How can I get (i.e. what command to use) sources for kernel-2.6.36-r4 (uname -a says that it is version 2.6.36-gentoo-r4), or where from I can download it? I want to compile the userside 'perf' tools,...
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Realtek RTL8723BE Network Card not working on Chromium OS

I use the Lenovo ThinkPad E550 with Realtek rtl8723be network card and the wifi works perfectly on Windows8.1 or Ubuntu 15.04 . Now , i run Chromium OS build by ArnoldTheBat on it . The build-weekly-...
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Using package.env for phase hooks

Following this answer I've set up a simple file /etc/portage/env/echo.conf: post_pkg_postinst() { echo "updating $P to $PV" } with the line sys-apps/util-linux echo.conf in /etc/portage/...