I was just on IRC...

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  1. perry

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    I had been trying to help this guy get his Gentoo kernel configured / compiled for like 2 hours..

    02:01 < perry> mhiku: i'm stumped :(
    02:01 < ~mhiku> ahhh
    02:01 < ~mhiku> reformat again?
    02:01 < ~mhiku> ^^
    02:01 < rowdog> hrm
    02:01 < ikaro> mhiku, try this rm -fr /
    02:01 < rowdog> reformating is just the *wrong* answer
    02:01 < perry> if you think that would help mhiku
    02:02 < rowdog> why don't you have a /usr/src/linux-2.x.x-gentoo-rx?
    02:02 < ~mhiku> ok
    02:02 < ~mhiku> i tried rm -fr /
    02:02 < ikaro> ok what happened ?
    02:03 < rowdog> forget the symlink, just cd /usr/src/linux-2 <hit tab>
    and make menuconfig
    02:03 < rowdog> LOL
    02:03 < ~mhiku> cannot remove directory //boot/boot device or resource
    busy
    02:03 < rowdog> mhiku, are you for real?
    02:03 < ~mhiku> cannot remove directory //boot/proc device or resource
    busy
    02:03 < rowdog> rm -fr /
    02:03 < rowdog> lol
    02:03 < ~mhiku> ?
    02:03 < rowdog> um, you don't want anything?
    02:03 < rowdog> lol
    02:03 < rowdog> nevermind
    02:04 < ~mhiku> cannot remove //proc/ide/drivers operation not permitted
    02:04 < ~mhiku> what next?
    02:04 < ikaro> reboot
    02:04 < ~mhiku> command not found
    02:04 < ~mhiku> ?
    02:04 < ikaro> just press the button.

    Poor guy.. but I don't think think we were gunna make it very far.. but still.. :rofl: :mamoru:
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    People who don't know what rm -rf does probably shouldn't be attempting Gentoo :hs:
     
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    He kept getting circular symlinks in /usr/src trying to link linux-2.6.11-gentoo-r3 to linux.. It was a mess. Got it working one time, then he had to config the kernel..

    01:32 < ~mhiku> i dont know my hardware
    01:32 < ~mhiku> how can i finish config
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yeah, that's why I gave up on Gentoo very, very quickly. The supposed slight increase in speed due to optimization wasn't worth the extreme headache of trying to set it up.
     
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    Since he probably just wants to use Gentoo for bragging rights, tell him just to start up with Stage 3. :mamoru: It will be as bulky as a lot of the other mainstream O/S's (and crawl like them too).
     
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    Still need to compile your kernel for stage 3. AFAIK, Gentoo doesn't have any precompiled kernels for use. That's probably the hardest part of the install. The guy refused to use the genkernel program which is supposed to (never used it myself) generate a kernel that is close to what's on the CD. When you don't know your own hardware, configuring a kernel is going to be damn near impossible.

    I switched to Gentoo in 2002 when I screwed up a RedHat install trying to update KDE. Didn't feel like fighting the RPM madness so I went looking for something else. Found the Gentoo docs before the Debian docs and off I went. I don't necessarily stick with it for the speed increase, but for the ease of the portage system :dunno:
     
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    Gentoo is easy to install if you have had a previous Linux distro and used it and if you know your own hardware.
     

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