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Finally got Gentoo up and running from a stage1 tarball (yay!), installed X, kde, etc...
Now trying to install ltmodem, so I do 'emerge ltmodem' and it runs through it's stuff but then it stops and I get
My guess is that a user (or root) tried to write to a file called /var/local/lib/rpm/__db.001 and the user does not have write permissions for that file. Take a look at the permissions for /var/local/lib/rpm/__db.001 with:
ls -l /var/local/lib/rpm/__db.001
and see what you can find out.