I am trying to install Gentoo on an old laptop following the online handbook. I got as far as installing the kernel sources (see here): the installation with

emerge --ask sys-kernel/gentoo-sources

seems to run fine, until it fails with no precise error message. The log file


contains no error message. The last lines in this file read

* Final size of build directory: 1 KiB
* Final size of installed tree: 623669 KiB

ecompressdir: bzip2 -9 /usr/share/doc

I also looked at /var/log/emerge.log which also does not contain any error message:

1473188561: Started emerge on: set 06, 2016 21:02:40
1473188561:  *** emerge --ask sys-kernel/gentoo-sources
1473188622:  >>> emerge (1 of 1) sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6 to /
1473188622:  === (1 of 1) Cleaning (sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6::/usr/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources/gentoo-sources-4.4.6.ebuild)
1473188698:  === (1 of 1) Compiling/Merging (sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6::/usr/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources/gentoo-sources-4.4.6.ebuild)
1473189553:  === (1 of 1) Merging (sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6::/usr/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources/gentoo-sources-4.4.6.ebuild)
1473190741:  *** Finished. Cleaning up...
1473190743:  *** exiting unsuccessfully with status '1'.
1473190751:  *** terminating.

I do not know what I should check next. Any idea?


Here is the content of /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/temp/build.log (I have removed some non-printable characters that appeared at the beginning of each line):

Package:    sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6
Repository: gentoo
Maintainer: [email protected]
USE:        abi_x86_32 elibc_glibc kernel_linux userland_GNU x86
FEATURES:   preserve-libs sandbox userpriv usersandbox
>>> Preparing to unpack ...
>>> Unpacking source...
>>> Unpacking linux-4.4.tar.xz to /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work
>>> Unpacking genpatches-4.4-8.base.tar.xz to /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work/patches
>>> Unpacking genpatches-4.4-8.extras.tar.xz to /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work/patches
Excluding Patch #5000_enable-additional-cpu-optimizations-for-gcc.patch ...
Excluding Patch #5015_kdbus*.patch ...
Applying 1000_linux-4.4.1.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1001_linux-4.4.2.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1002_linux-4.4.3.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1003_linux-4.4.4.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1004_linux-4.4.5.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1005_linux-4.4.6.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1500_XATTR_USER_PREFIX.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 1510_fs-enable-link-security-restrictions-by-default.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 2700_ThinkPad-30-brightness-control-fix.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 2900_dev-root-proc-mount-fix.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 4200_fbcondecor-3.19.patch (-p1) ...
Applying 4567_distro-Gentoo-Kconfig.patch (-p1) ...
>>> Source unpacked in /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work
>>> Preparing source in /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work/linux-4.4.6-gentoo ...
>>> Source prepared.
>>> Configuring source in /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work/linux-4.4.6-gentoo ...
>>> Source configured.
>>> Compiling source in /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/work/linux-4.4.6-gentoo ...
>>> Source compiled.
>>> Test phase [not enabled]: sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6

>>> Install gentoo-sources-4.4.6 into /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/image/ category sys-kernel
>>> Copying sources ...
>>> Completed installing gentoo-sources-4.4.6 into /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/image/

Final size of build directory: 1 KiB
Final size of installed tree: 623669 KiB

ecompressdir: bzip2 -9 /usr/share/doc
  • What is in /usr/src?
    – aventurin
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 20:16
  • @Giorgio: please post the whole output of emerge gentoo-sources
    – user22304
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 20:19
  • @Francesco Turco: Do you mean the content of /var/tmp/portage/sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-4.4.6/temp/build.log
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 20:25
  • @aventurin: /usr/src contains the directory linux-4.4.6-gentoo and a symbolic link to it named linux. However, I am not sure if the content of linux-4.4.6-gentoo is complete.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 20:29
  • @Giorgio: in order to check if a package is fine you can use equery check gentoo-sources. Specify package version if needed. The equery command belongs to the gentoolkit package.
    – user22304
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 15:24

2 Answers 2


simply have downloaded the kernel in / usr / src , you just need to fill it out by inserting the necessary forms for your pc wiki gentoo: "Installing new kernel sources doesn't provide the user with a new kernel. It is necessary to make and install a new kernel from the new sources and then reboot the system to actually run the new kernel. " enter image description here

  • I know that I need to compile to kernel after installing the sources. Since running emerge --ask sys-kernel/gentoo-sources reported a failure and each time I run it it tries to install the sources again and again, I was wondering if the sources are now correctly installed and whether I should try to compile using a broken package.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 8, 2016 at 16:18
  • once downloaded the package you went into / usr / src and you did the various ` make menuconfig , make -jX make module_install etc ` ? it did not work? if you really can not test genkernel Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 9:08
  • cd /usr/src/linux followed by make menuconfig gives: make: *** No rule to make target 'menuconfig'. Stop.. As far as I understand, emerge has not completed the installation of the kernel source code.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 12:35
  • sudo make menuconfig Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 18:28
  • emerges you downloaded the kernel , but may not know what configuration you want to use then you are creating the configuration , if you do not know do use genkernel Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 18:28


  1. rm -vR /usr/portage/distfiles
  2. emerge-webrsync
  3. emerge --sync && emerge -av sys-kernel/gentoo-sources.

From the looks of your output, you didn't download the tarball correctly. If you'll notice @oscarandrea's screenshot his build directory is 4 kb's. Yours is only 1 kb.

  • @Giorgio See new comment in your question...
    – eyoung100
    Commented Sep 19, 2016 at 19:26

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