kevin at bantamtech.com
Mon Sep 13 00:46:07 MSD 2004
I just read your article in Linux Gazette online on Installing Gentoo,
and thought I could help with a few of the problems you have experienced.
If OpenOffice did not compile, you could try openoffice-bin.
When I want to see what version of a package is installed, I use "emerge
Gentoo must have other users who commented on the "packages.debian.org"
web page, because Gentoo adopted the same thing a couple of months ago.
http://packages.gentoo.org/ is a similar page where you can find lots of
info including searching by category or name.
I'm not sure if I can help with package documentation. There is good
general documentation on how Gentoo-specific nuances work by following
the "Docs" link from the top of the home page.
The best way to implement a package differently than the package
maintainer intended is to create a local overlay of the portage tree.
This should be is the docs, but here's my quick notes:
1. Uncomment the "PORTAGE_OVERLAY" option in /etc/make.conf
2. mkdir -p /usr/local/portage/dev-php/php/files
3. Copy /usr/portage/dev-php/php/php/php-<version>.ebuild to
/usr/local/portage/dev-php/php - I suggest changing the build version or
release number to identify your version
4. Tweak the ebuild file
5. Run 'ebuild /usr/local/portage/dev-php/php/php-<version>.ebuild digest'
Now, if you use "emerge -pv php" you should see your build and a
notation that the ebuild is coming from the /usr/local/portage overlay
location. The biggest problem with all this is that now you are a
package maintainer but it's on your local system. Keeping your changes
in sync with new ebuilds from Portage can be a hassle. It's a good idea
to request a new USE flag for your desired ./configure arguments in
http://bugs.gentoo.org/ and let the official package maintainer worry
about it going forward.
I hope these suggestions help. I have found the Gentoo documentation and
the Forums to be infinitely helpful. Now this former Windows advocate
compiles his own kernel on a regular basis including software RAID and
bootsplash tweaks. It's addicting!
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