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11<abstract> 11<abstract>
12This chapter explains the "simple" steps a user definitely needs to know to 12This chapter explains the "simple" steps a user definitely needs to know to
13maintain the software on his system. 13maintain the software on his system.
14</abstract> 14</abstract>
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16<version>4</version> 16<version>5</version>
17<date>2011-10-26</date> 17<date>2012-05-22</date>
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19<section> 19<section>
20<title>Welcome to Portage</title> 20<title>Welcome to Portage</title>
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506There are also packages that provide the same functionality but are implemented 506There are also packages that provide the same functionality but are implemented
507differently. For instance, <c>metalogd</c>, <c>sysklogd</c> and <c>syslog-ng</c> 507differently. For instance, <c>metalogd</c>, <c>sysklogd</c> and <c>syslog-ng</c>
508are all system loggers. Applications that rely on the availability of "a system 508are all system loggers. Applications that rely on the availability of "a system
509logger" cannot depend on, for instance, <c>metalogd</c>, as the other system 509logger" cannot depend on, for instance, <c>metalogd</c>, as the other system
510loggers are as good a choice as any. Portage allows for <e>virtuals</e>: each 510loggers are as good a choice as any. Portage allows for <e>virtuals</e>: each
511system logger provides <c>virtual/syslog</c> so that applications can depend on 511system logger is listed as a provider of the logging service in the
512<c>virtual/syslog</c>. 512<c>logger</c> virtual package of the <c>virtual</c> category, so that
513applications can depend on the <c>virtual/logger</c> package.
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516Software in the Portage tree can reside in different branches. By default your 517Software in the Portage tree can reside in different branches. By default your
517system only accepts packages that Gentoo deems stable. Most new software titles, 518system only accepts packages that Gentoo deems stable. Most new software titles,

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