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Laptop2250 12-16-2003 07:19 PM

gentoo -- grub.conf is a read only i need help soon please
I want to install gentoo and everything is going fine but I when i was up to the very last part!! (I did stage 1, so there were 23423 printed pages and setting up grub seems like the last page)

I have the following set up....
Windows XP- /dev/hda1
Linux boot- /dev/hda2
Linux swap- /dev/hda3
Linux root- /dev/hda4

I followed everything in the gentoo install perfectly and everything worked like it the manual said it should should, but I am not allowed to save the nano -w /boot/grub/grub.conf file.

To try to solve this I tried to overwrite the original grub by doing:
emerge -k grub
but this gave the error "emerge is not a command"

I am at a friends ocmputer, and would really appreciate any help somebody could give me on this subject

XavierP 12-17-2003 03:11 PM


I have never used Gentoo, but I would say that "emerge is not a command" means that emerge is not installed, either fully or at all.

Or that you need to do it all as root.

Laptop2250 12-18-2003 06:36 AM

I was root, and several times during the install I used emerge program

Zerodark 12-18-2003 12:35 PM

If you are in the process of installing it, and it gave you that error you need to run this command before you can use the emerge command:


chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
If you already have Gentoo installed, then change the permissions on the file, so root can edit it.

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