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Old 09-23-2003, 01:41 PM   #1
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Gentoo Again

Hi, well another system - and another Gentoo adventure. (Not). I think all in all I have probably installed gentoo somewhere around 20 times now, so I think it's fair to say that my experience has shown that the gentoo install process is more or less completely random. I have had the install fail at almost every point in the process, generally with no good or logical reason for the failure.

Lol well anyway, to cut a long story short I have another problem to report and hopefully you guys will have some suggestions for a possible resolution.

Just for kicks I have tried two times today to install gentoo on two seperate systems, but every time I try I get an error message saying:

copy /var/tmp/portage/baselayout- -> /dev/.keep
!!! (errono 13) Permission denied. '/dev/.keep#new'

Now you would imagine that gentoo ought to be able to correctly set it's own file permissions during its own install process, but clearly it can't. So my question is, how do I fix the permissions on these files so that I no longer get this error during bootstrap?

I hope you will forgive my frustration, but I have encountered many such errors in the past, and readily put my hands up to those that were my own dumbass fault. But very often things like this happen too that are completely beyond my control. Why does the gentoo install process always have to be so completely random?

Lol anyway, one thing is for sure, if I get gentoo installed this time round, I'm building a ghost image of my install and saving it, I'm not going to go through all this again.

In the mean time any advice anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.




BTW I tried asking this on the Gentoo Linux forums, but some of the guys there seem to have thought I was putting Gentoo down, because i said the install process was currently less than perfect. Sigh, well I really didn't mean that at all. If something doesn't work, it doesn't work, or am I somehow to blame for gentoo being broken? This kind of attitude often confuses me.

Last edited by raid517; 09-23-2003 at 01:43 PM.
Old 09-23-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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You might want to try this
At the last post is an attachment that might fix it.
BTW - If you really are in search for stability gentoo might not be your best bet.I spend about 6 hrs so far recompiling everything that links to openssl because apps compiled against an older version that I had on before might break with the new one.Stuff like that does come up with a source based distro.
Old 09-23-2003, 10:37 PM   #3
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No it'ws not the same bug, this happens on bootstrap and is specific to GCC. Thanks anyway.

Isn't there just a quick and simple way to edit the permissions on these files, or does it necessarily always have to be so complex?

All input is welcome.



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