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2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 2<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
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5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-upgrading.xml"> 5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-upgrading.xml">
6<title>Gentoo Upgrading Guide</title> 6<title>Gentoo Upgrading Guide</title>
7 7
8<author title="Author"> 8<author title="Author">
67<title>Releases and Profiles</title> 67<title>Releases and Profiles</title>
68<body> 68<body>
69 69
70<p> 70<p>
71A recurring question about the Gentoo release process is: "Why roll out new 71A recurring question about the Gentoo release process is: "Why roll out new
72releases frequently, if they are not intended to let users update software?". 72releases frequently, if they are not intended to let users update software?"
73There are various reasons: 73There are various reasons:
74</p> 74</p>
75 75
76<ul> 76<ul>
77 <li> 77 <li>
78 A new release means new Installation CDs with bugfixes and more features. 78 A new release means new Installation CDs with bugfixes and more features
79 </li> 79 </li>
80 <li> 80 <li>
81 A new release provides an updated set of GRP packages, so that users that 81 A new release provides an updated set of GRP packages, so that users that
82 choose "the fast way" to install (stage3 + precompiled packages) end up 82 choose "the fast way" to install (stage3 + precompiled packages) end up
83 with a system that is not outdated. 83 with a system that is not outdated
84 </li> 84 </li>
85 <li> 85 <li>
86 Finally, a new release may, from time to time, implement some features that 86 Finally, a new release may, from time to time, implement some features that
87 are incompatible with previous releases. 87 are incompatible with previous releases
88 </li> 88 </li>
89</ul> 89</ul>
90 90
91<p> 91<p>
92When a release includes new incompatible features, or provides a set of core 92When a release includes new incompatible features, or provides a set of core
115<p> 115<p>
116Profiles obsoleted by new ones are kept in <path>/usr/portage/profiles</path> 116Profiles obsoleted by new ones are kept in <path>/usr/portage/profiles</path>
117along with the current ones, but they are marked as deprecated. When that 117along with the current ones, but they are marked as deprecated. When that
118happens a file named <path>deprecated</path> is put in the profile directory. 118happens a file named <path>deprecated</path> is put in the profile directory.
119The content of this file is the name of the profile that should be "upgraded 119The content of this file is the name of the profile that should be "upgraded
120to"; portage uses this information to automatically warn you when you should 120to"; Portage uses this information to automatically warn you when you should
121update to a new profile. 121update to a new profile.
122</p> 122</p>
123 123
124<p> 124<p>
125There are various reasons that a new profile may be created: the release of 125There are various reasons that a new profile may be created: the release of
138<section> 138<section>
139<title>Releases without profile changes</title> 139<title>Releases without profile changes</title>
140<body> 140<body>
141 141
142<p> 142<p>
143If a new Gentoo release is announced that does not include a new profile 143If a new Gentoo release does not include a new profile then you can safely
144then you can safely pretend that it never happened :). 144pretend that it never happened. :)
145</p> 145</p>
146 146
147<p> 147<p>
148If you update your installed packages 148If you update your installed packages
149<uri link="/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=2&amp;chap=1">as explained in 149<uri link="/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=2&amp;chap=1">as explained in

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