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Old 11-06-2004, 11:06 AM   #1
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Arch is not set (Gentoo 2004.2) ?

Hi i'm trying to install gentoo 2004.2. Everything went correctly until i have to do this

 emerge gentoo-dev-sources

It gives me the following error:

ARCH is not set... Are you missing the /etc/make.profile symlink ? Is the symlink correct? Is your portage 3 complete?

So i opened the make.profile file, and it was empty . Tried going back in the manual and redo everything resulted in the same error.

Can anyone help me fix this error ?
Old 11-10-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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make.profile is NOT a file... its a symbolic link to a directory....
for example on my system (a 32 bit PC) its a symbolic link to /usr/portage/profiles/default-x86-2004.2

have a look in the /usr/portage/profiles directory for the architechture that matess your machine and add a symbolic link...

ln -s /usr/portage/profiles/whatever /etc/make.profile

however im not sure wether or not your system will have been dameger by getting this far without a profile set. did you start from stage 1 2 or 3 ?
Old 03-04-2005, 03:36 PM   #3
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ARCH is not set

I ran into this same problem when installing Gentoo 2004.3.

After some poking around I realized I simply left off the "-C /mnt/gentoo/usr" switch when extracting the portage snapshot. Simply returning to this step in the install and correcting the mistake fixed it. (section 5.d in the PPC install handbook).


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