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cp /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/gentoo/etc/resolve.conf is NOT right. /etc/resolve.conf minus the e is correct
cp -a /mnt/cdrom/packages /mnt/gentoo/urs/portage/packages
Should be /usr
As for the rest:
That's an OLD portage snapshot, that shouldn't matter though...
You may have to source /etc/profile first? Can you post up the exact message you are getting, an illegal action is far from something to go off of
Sorry. I messed up. You type those after chroot is done. I only mentioned them because MasterC did. Did you try to redo the steps MasterC pointed out? I also just noticed that you left the .tar.bz2 out of the stage tarball file name. What happened when you untarred the stage tarball? Did you actually untar it?
Ok. The first time I did a Gentoo installation (also 1.4 stage 3 GRP), I had to restart three or four times. It's actually very simple if you read the instructions carefully and make sure that you do everything correctly, but it can be really tricky. It's not necessarily the resolv.conf that messes up the change of the root directory (though it may well be). You have to do everything exactly right for it all to work.
I remember doing everything (and I mean everything) over when restarting the installation. I'm not sure if it's necessary or not, but I'm sure that it will work if you redo it all. If you got past the making of filesystems once, you can do it again. Are you going straight into filesystems, or are you fdisk-ing over? When I started over, I would delete all the partitions from the unsuccessful installation, re-create them and format them, just like the first time. So, try it again, following the instructions down to the letter, and see what happens.
That's strange. I'm no Gentoo Linux guru, so I'm not sure what to tell you based on your error message. As I understand it, you're able to mke2fs -j on your boot partition and mkswap on hdc4 (based on your previous list of commands), but you can't mkreiserfs on hdc2? I would try creating a different filesystem (ext3) on hdc2, just to see what happens. I really don't know what else to suggest. Maybe you could post your partition table here.