I have some really old systems (like prehistoric in gentoo timescale) and I would like make binary packages there, but I do not have all the sources for normal compilation, as it was deleted from web many years ago.
Is there way to make binary packages from what I have already installed (even at the risk of changed configs, missing/modified files and so)?
I would like to create "snapshot" of the system at current state, then try update something here and there and if it went wrong, reinstall it from that packages. I understand, that such packages have nearly no meaning on other computers, or after some larger changes in make.conf/USE etc. etc., but anyway ... is there way to somehow extract actual files from living system, make binary package from it and reinstall it later other, than manually copy everything to other tree, zip that tree and in case of emergency just unzip the tree and copy it back?