gentoo installer program

Christopher Covington covracer at
Tue Oct 17 18:53:23 UTC 2006

I've never known emerge to not give an error message, although the
root cause of compile errors that happen now and again are usually
above my head.

To the best of my knowledge, Gentoo has no system monitoring program
or automagic bug reporting application. They do however run bugzilla
at (multi-word searches require javascript). My
experience with the Gentoo bugzilla is that it is rather effective at
solving many problems, if slow to implement less dire fixes.

Emerge does have a --resume flag. I'm also curious as to how failing
to emerge gnopernicus "broke the install." Was it a dependency of
gnome and therefore gnome could not be emerged (and therefore a
"complete system" installed)? Emerge --resume --skipfirst can skip a
broken package and move on to the rest of the list.

On 10/16/06, Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at> wrote:
> Admitedly I stressed the installer by trying to do an emerge of
> gnopernicus on it along with other packages.  Nonetheless, I don't think
> that throwing an exception because a package couldn't be downloaded and as
> a result of that thrown exception leaving the install in a broken state
> was all that useful either.  Probably all linux installers that will
> depend on the internet to be a source of packages should have a --resume
> switch that can be used with them so that if a site is down or unavailable
> another installation attempt can be made later. The problem is no clear
> reason for throwing that exception was given, so it could just as easily
> be the file for download no longer exists either in that directory; the
> file was renamed, or the file no longer exists on that site.  As things
> stand, I have no way of knowing and neither do the people who wrote the
> installer since they did not collect bug information and information about
> the computer as well as what was trying to be emerged and from where from
> my computer automatically.  The internet connection certainly was open,
> it's just that the capture never happened.  So much for emerge; I've had
> occassion to use yum in my time and slaptget and aptitude on different
> flavors of Linux I've had installed here over the years and I'm not
> impressed with emerge at all.  I have a subscription to slackware, so do
> support the Linux community on some level at least but I don't plan on any
> gentoo donations any time in the near future at least.  It would be a
> questionable investment at best and an outright loss otherwise.
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