So yesterday I finally finished upgrading my Gentoo machine which hosts all
my services to the latest stable software. I hadn't updated for well over 6 months and knew when going into it there would be headaches."Wow,
Basically, I started checking into what needed to be updated last Sunday.
over 6 months and only ~130ish packages to upgrade? Not too bad, new GCC, new kernel version, let's go for it!"Had
Started compiling.. after about 5 packages it breaks on something stuipid.
to etc-update and merge a config file. Okay, not bad. Good thing I didn'twalk
away from the computer yet. Continue compiling.. walk away.from
Monday morning before work I check on it.. It only went about 3 more packages into the upgrade, and broke on gcc (which takes the longest to compile, somewhere around 1.5hrs). Didn't have time to mess with it till I got home
work. Upgrade stalled..till
Get home from work, don't want to see gcc fail again, so continue the upgrade with the --skipfirst option, so as to not compile gcc. Before work Tuesday, I check on it. Everything is upgraded except gcc. Great, I'll leave it alone
I get home from work again.. lolagain,
Get home, decide I'm going to compile the kernel before messing with gcc. Kernel fails to compile. They added new options that I needed to turn off, basically "64-bit kernel" is now an option, and I had to disable it. Try
kernel fails on some wireless modules. I completely remove wireless optionsin
the kernel (that computer doesn't have any wireless anyways), and try again. Success! Had to recompile glibc due to some modules being broken.Realized
Wednesday after work, it's time to try to compile gcc. Sure enough, it fails again. Fuggit, I'm not messing with it anymore.
To Mercyful Fate: You remember the past couple years of me having an issue compiling gcc, well.. had I looked into it back then, lol..
Thursday I get off work early. Nice. Got some time to look into this.
I only originally specified like 512mb of swap space for this machine when it has 2gb of ram. So look into any decent options to resize partitions. SystemRescueCD seems to be the only option nowadays that can at least makeyou
feel secure about doing it without messing up your data. Downloaded, butwhile
downloading I found some threads on creating a swap file. Hell, no need to resize my partitions? Bonus!when
Created a 2gb swap file as /var/swap.img. Okay, let's give it another go..
GCC compiles perfectly. Heyo! Finally! After 3 unsuccessful compiles, and
you start them, you don't stick around.. you leave and come back after 12hours
or more, to find out it failed an hour in..had
When I started this, I told myself if there was a problem I couldn't fix, I
backed up my entire BBS machine, and had the latest Archlinux ISO burned toCD
and ready to switch. Well, looks like Gentoo is sticking around for awhile longer. :)still
As much as I despise it at times, it was my first jump into Linux, and is
to this day the most challenging Linux distribution out there. I guess I like the challenge too much to move on. LOL
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Oh yes, in gentoo you compile everything right?
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