gentoo installer program

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Wed Oct 18 05:12:48 UTC 2006

Gnome wasn't the problem, hal was the problem.  The error that came back 
was couldn't calculate Linux version.  I submitted this to bugzilla and 
got some sarcastic email back from what was evidently one of the 
developers claiming what I had listed as an error message wasn't even a 
real error message.  Unfortunately for that developer, the script program 
does exist and I used it to good effect.

On Tue, 17 Oct 2006, Christopher Covington wrote:

> 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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