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Old 08-09-2004, 11:33 AM   #1
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gentoo pkg manager?

I do NOT use gentoo, but I am thinking about putting it on one of my machines. The gentoo homepage seems to be very nice and has much info...I wanted to know if gentoo has any package manager like rpm, tgz, or deb as other distros do. If so please give me a quick way to use it and list any other nice features of this distro (and not so nice features) so I can truly decide if I want it.
Old 08-09-2004, 12:35 PM   #2
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I'm probably not the best person to explain it, but up until 2 days ago I was completely new to gentoo.
The package manager is one of the central things to a Gentoo system. It's similar to apt-get from Debian.
There's no need to go to sites to download any files, nearly all of it is taken care of automatically.
It uses a similar process to what you would do to manually compile software, that is to download the source, configure, make and then make install.
The package manager is called emerge and it does all this automatically. For example if you want to install Mozilla Firefox you do this:
emerge mozilla-firefox
and a while later you'll be able to run it.
And it's not like tools such as swaret or slapt-get (if your familiar with those?). The Gentoo Portage has a very large amount of apps. Check out for the list, it's huge!
Of course one of the great things about this is that if you've set your make.conf file correctly you can get a lot of speed improvements.
I've only been using gentoo for about a day (the other day was compiling after chroot in Slackware) and I'm beginning to see some speed improvements, Firefox is definatedly more responsive than i've seen it before.
If your fed-up of downloading and installing (plus hunting down dependancies - damn that was a nightmare with RPMs) then Gentoo is definatedly a distro to consider.
Old 08-09-2004, 01:13 PM   #3
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The Gentoo package manager is in my opinion the strongest point of the distrobution. Installing software is extremly easy using the Gentoo portage system.

As of right now their are 7413 packages available in the portage tree. This is way above most of the other distrobutions who have similar package management systems.

Installing software goes like this:

emerge sync

which will get a snapshot of the current portage tree to make sure you are installing the most up to date software available.

emerge -s <package name>

this will search portage for the package name to see if it is available.

If you want to install mplayer you would simply do this:

emerge mplayer

and it will automatically download mplayer and all its dependencies and install it them for you.
Old 08-09-2004, 07:24 PM   #4
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awesome. now i'm going to need to figure out how to install the bloody thing.
Old 08-10-2004, 09:01 PM   #5
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lol.. does gentoo have a package manager...
gentoo has THE best package manager !

rpm's dont even come close.

auto dependency solving, auto downloading, auto optimising compiling installing.. madness !


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