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7<title>Gentoo Linux Frequently Asked Questions</title> 5<title>Gentoo Linux Frequently Asked Questions</title>
8<author title="Chief Architect"><mail link="drobbins@gentoo.org">Daniel Robbins</mail></author> 6<author title="Author">
9<author title="Reviewer">Colin Morey</author> 7 <mail link="drobbins@gentoo.org">Daniel Robbins</mail>
10<author title="Editor"><mail link="zhen@gentoo.org">John P. Davis</mail></author> 8</author>
9<author title="Reviewer">
10 Colin Morey
11</author>
12<author title="Editor"><!-- zhen@gentoo.org -->
13 John P. Davis
14</author>
15<author title="Editor">
11<author title="Editor"><mail link="stocke2@gentoo.org">Eric Stockbridge</mail></author> 16 <mail link="stocke2@gentoo.org">Eric Stockbridge</mail>
12<abstract>This FAQ is a collection of questions and answers collected from the gentoo-dev mailing list and from IRC -- if you have any questions (or answers!) to add, please contact either an author or a member of the documentation team.</abstract> 17</author>
18<author title="Editor">
19 <mail link="zhware@gentoo.org">Stoyan Zhekov</mail>
20</author>
21<author title="Editor">
22 <mail link="carl@gentoo.org">Carl Anderson</mail>
23</author>
24<author title="Editor">
25 <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
26</author>
27<author title="Editor">
28 <mail link="swift@gentoo.org">Sven Vermeulen</mail>
29</author>
30<author title="Editor">
31 <mail link="bennyc@gentoo.org">Benny Chuang</mail>
32</author>
33<author title="Editor">
34 <mail link="smithj@gentoo.org">Jonathan Smith</mail>
35</author>
36<author title="Editor">
37 <mail link="nightmorph"/>
38</author>
13 39
40<abstract>
41This FAQ is a collection of questions and answers collected from the gentoo-dev
42mailing list and from IRC.
43</abstract>
44
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48
14<version>1.1.2</version> 49<version>3.13</version>
15<date>06 December 2002</date> 50<date>2008-10-25</date>
51
52<faqindex>
53<title>Questions</title>
54<section>
55<title>Introduction</title>
56<body>
57
58<p>
59Please note that many of these questions are answered within the official
60Gentoo documents and guides. This is simply a list of common questions. Please
61read the documentation and/or man pages to gain a greater understanding of how
62Gentoo and GNU/Linux works, and for answers to questions which may not be
63answered here.
64</p>
65
66</body>
67</section>
68</faqindex>
16 69
17<chapter> 70<chapter>
18 <title>Getting Started</title> 71<title>Getting Started</title>
19 72
20 <section> 73<section id="pronunciation">
21 <title>How is Gentoo pronounced, and what does it mean?</title> 74<title>How is Gentoo pronounced, and what does it mean?</title>
22 <body><p>Gentoo is a species of small fast penguin, pronounced "gen-too" (The "g" in "gentoo" is a soft "g", as in "gentle".)</p></body> 75<body>
76
77<p>
78<e>Gentoo</e> is pronounced "gen-too" (the "g" in "Gentoo" is a soft "g", as in
79"gentle"). The scientific name of the <uri
80link="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentoo_penguin">Gentoo penguin</uri> is
81<e>Pygoscelis papua</e>. The name <e>Gentoo</e> has been given to the penguin
82by the inhabitants of the <uri
83link="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands">Falkland Islands</uri>.
84</p>
85
86</body>
23 </section> 87</section>
24 88<section id="differences">
25 <section>
26 <title>What makes Gentoo different?</title> 89<title>What makes Gentoo different?</title>
27 <body> 90<body>
28 <p>Gentoo Linux is a fast, modern distribution with a clean and flexible 91
29 design -- in this respect, Gentoo may appeal to 92<p>
30 <uri link="http://www.slackware.com/">Slackware</uri>, 93Gentoo uses a BSD ports-like system called <uri
31 <uri link="http://www.linuxfromscratch.org">Linux From Scratch</uri> or 94link="/proj/en/portage">Portage</uri>. Portage is a package management system
32 <uri link="http://www.bsd.org">BSD</uri> users. Unlike most Linux 95that allows great flexibility while installing and maintaining software on a
33 distros, Gentoo has a package system reminiscent of BSD's ports, 96Gentoo system. It provides compile-time option support (through <uri
34 meaning the packages are continually updated to the lastest 97link="/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=2&amp;chap=2">USE flags</uri>),
35 versions. 98conditional dependencies, pre-package installation summary, safe installation
36 </p> 99(through sandboxing) and uninstallation of software, system profiles, <uri
100link="/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=3&amp;chap=2#doc_chap3">configuration
101file protection</uri> amongst several other <uri
102link="/doc/en/handbook/handbook-x86.xml?part=2&amp;chap=1">features</uri>.
103</p>
104
105<p>
106With Gentoo you can build your entire system from source, using your choice of
107optimizations. You have complete control over what packages are or aren't
108installed. Gentoo provides you with numerous choices, so you can install Gentoo
109to your own preferences, which is why Gentoo is called a <e>meta-distribution</e>.
110</p>
111
112<p>
113Gentoo is actively developed. The entire distribution uses a rapid pace
114development style: patches to the packages are quickly integrated in the
115mainline tree, documentation is updated on daily basis, Portage features are
116added frequently, and official releases occur twice per year.
117</p>
118
37 </body> 119</body>
38 </section> 120</section>
39</chapter> 121</chapter>
40 122
41<chapter> 123<chapter>
42 <title>Installation</title> 124<title>Installation</title>
43 125<section id="optimizations">
44 <section> 126<title>
127 Things are really unstable and I'm using -O9 -ffast-math
128 -fomit-frame-pointer optimizations. What gives?
129</title>
130<body>
45 131
46 <warn>REPORT all bugs to <uri>bugs.gentoo.org</uri>! Do not report bugs to upstream (original) 132<p>
47 authors. Report the bugs to Gentoo, and we will move them upstream if necessary. 133Don't bother using anything higher than <c>-O3</c> since it isn't supported by
48 </warn> 134current versions of gcc. Very aggressive optimizations sometimes cause the
49 135compiler to streamline the assembly code to the point where it doesn't quite
50 <title>What is the difference between the .iso and .tbz2 files?</title> 136do the same thing anymore.
51 <body><p>The build <e>.tbz2</e> file is a minimal set of system files 137</p>
52 that is necessary for allowing a user to bootstrap and install 138
53 Gentoo Linux. The build <e>.iso</e> is a complete, bootable CD image that 139<p>
54 contains a system kernel, a reasonably complete set of kernel modules, 140Please try to compile with CFLAGS <c>-O2 -march=&lt;your_arch&gt;</c> before
55 necessary system tools such as <c>mkfs</c> and networking support, 141reporting a bug.
56 as well as the <e>.tbz2</e> minimal-system tarball. Most users will install 142</p>
57 Gentoo Linux by burning the .iso file onto a CD, booting off of the CD, 143
58 and installing from within the minimal linux environment provided by 144</body>
59 the Gentoo boot CD. It is possible, however, for users to install
60 Gentoo Linux directly from an already-existing Linux distribution.
61 Such users need only download the .tbz2 file, install the contents
62 on a spare partition (making sure to use the <c>p</c> flag when
63 untarring the tarball!), chroot, and install in the usual fashion.</p>
64 </body>
65 </section> 145</section>
146<section id="password">
147<title>How do I change the root (or any other user's) password?</title>
148<body>
66 149
67 <section> 150<p>
68 <title>Why do the build .iso and .tbz2 files sometimes have different -r (revision) numbers?</title> 151You can use <c>passwd</c> to change the password for the user you are logged
69 <body><p> 152into. As root, you can change any user password by issuing the command
70 The .tbz2 minimal-system tarball only needs to be revised when there have 153<c>passwd username</c> For extra options and setting, please <c>man passwd</c>.
71 been significant changes to the core Gentoo Linux system (such as baselayout
72 changes, or a new profile), and as such .tbz2 updates are relatively rare.
73 The .iso file tends to get updated whenever we discover that somebody has
74 hardware that won't boot from our .iso. Since new kernel modules and
75 patches are constantly being generated, this situation probably won't
76 stabilise anytime soon.
77 </p> 154</p>
155
78 </body> 156</body>
79 </section> 157</section>
80 158<section id="useradd">
81 <section>
82 <title>I have a Sony Super-Slim VAIO laptop, and the Gentoo Linux CD is having problems
83 finding my PCMCIA ATAPI CD-ROM.</title>
84 <body>
85 <p>Make sure the second IDE port is set to CDROM (it unsets itself if the device isn't
86 attached on boot) then do the following at the isolinux <c>boot:</c> prompt:</p>
87<pre>
88boot: <i>rescue ide2=0x180,0x386</i>
89</pre>
90<p>If you are using a 1.0_rc5 or earlier boot CD, apart from thinking about downloading the latest iso,
91type <c>gentoo</c> instead of <c>rescue</c>, above.</p>
92</body>
93
94</section>
95 <section>
96 <title>I'm finding things to be really unstable and I'm using "-O9 -ffast-math
97 -fomit-frame-pointer" optimizations. What gives?</title>
98 <body>
99 <p>When you use any optimizations beyond <c>-O3</c>, you're really taking the risk of
100 having broken packages.
101 Very aggressive optimizations sometimes cause the compiler to streamline the assembly code
102 to the point where it doesn't quite do the same thing anymore. <e>Loc-Dog</e> (on IRC)
103 uses <c>-O3 -mcpu=i686 -march=i686 -fforce-addr -fomit-frame-pointer -funroll-loops
104 -frerun-cse-after-loop -frerun-loop-opt -malign-functions=4</c>, which is about
105 as much as I'd want to push global optimization settings. Beyond this, it's best to use
106 ultra-high optimizations only with specific packages where you really need that extra 2%,
107 (eg graphics and various multimedia programs), and where you can easily test the package
108 to ensure that it hasn't been optimized into oblivion.</p>
109 <p>Please try first to compile with CFLAGS <c>-march= -O2</c> before reporting a bug</p>
110 </body>
111 </section>
112
113 <section>
114 <title>What's the default root password after installation?</title>
115 <body><p>The default password is blank; hit enter.</p></body>
116 </section>
117
118 <section>
119 <title>How can i change the root (or indeed any other user's) password?</title>
120 <body><p>You can use <c>passwd</c> to change the password for the user you are logged into.
121 for extra options and setting, please see <c>man passwd</c> once you've completed the install.
122 </p></body>
123 </section>
124 <section>
125 <title>How do i add a normal user?</title> 159<title>How do I add a normal user?</title>
126 <body><p>Everyone seems to think that i shouldn't be using <e>root</e> for everyday use, 160<body>
127 how can i add another user?</p> 161
128 <p>The command <c>adduser gentoo</c> will add a user called gentoo. The next step is to give 162<p>
129 this user a password and <c>passwd</c> will do exactly that.</p> 163The command <c>adduser username</c> will add a user called "username". However,
164this method does not give the user many of the rights you might want to grant
165him, so the following command is preferred:
166</p>
167
168<pre caption="Using useradd">
169# <i>useradd -m -G users,audio,wheel username</i>
170</pre>
171
172<p>
173This will add a user named "username". The option <c>audio</c> adds them to the
174<c>audio</c> group and allows the user to access sound devices. The option
175<c>wheel</c> adds the user to the <c>wheel</c> group, which allows the user to
176execute the command <c>su</c>, which in turn allows them to gain the
177privileges of the <c>root</c> user.
178</p>
179
130 </body> 180</body>
131 </section> 181</section>
132 <section> 182<section id="su">
133 <title>Why can't a user su to root?</title> 183<title>Why can't a user su to root?</title>
184<body>
185
186<p>
134 <body><p>For security reasons, users may only <c>su</c> to root if they belong to the 187For security reasons, users may only <c>su</c> to root if they belong to the
135 <e>wheel</e> group. To add a <i>username</i> to the <e>wheel</e> group, issue the following 188wheel group. To add a username to the wheel group, issue the following command
136 command as root:</p> 189as root:
137 <pre># <i>usermod -G users,wheel username</i></pre> 190</p>
191
192<pre caption="Adding a user to the wheel group">
193# <i>gpasswd -a username wheel</i>
194</pre>
195
138 </body> 196</body>
139 </section> 197</section>
140 <section> 198<section id="upgrade">
141 <title>How do I enable devfs?</title> 199<title>
200 Can I upgrade Gentoo from one release to another without reinstalling?
201</title>
142 <body> 202<body>
203
143 <p> 204<p>
144 If you're using 1.0_rc5 or greater, you don't need to do anything special to get 205In fact, there is no difference between the various releases after they have
145 devfs working; it's already active (you did make sure that devfs was built into the 206been installed. Gentoo 1.4 and later are <c>glibc-2.3.x</c> based. As such,
146 kernel, didn't you?). 207running <c>emerge --sync &amp;&amp; emerge -uDN world</c> will bring your
147 However, if you are using a version of Gentoo Linux <e>prior</e> to version 1.0_rc5, add 208entire system up to speed with the "latest Gentoo". The differences between
148 <c>devfs=mount</c> to your <c>GRUB</c> kernel boot options so that the line looks something 209individual releases lie in the installation medium and pre-compiled packages.
149 like <c>kernel /boot/boot/bzImage devfs=mount foo=bar</c> The kernel will then mount the 210See the <uri link="/doc/en/gentoo-upgrading.xml">Gentoo Upgrading Guide</uri>
150 <path>/dev</path> <e>devfs</e> filesystem automatically at boot-time. 211for more information about profiles and their role in upgrading.
151 </p> 212</p>
213
152 </body> 214</body>
153 </section> 215</section>
154 <section> 216<section id="bootrescue">
155 <title>How to I disable devfs?</title> 217<title>My kernel doesn't boot, what should I do now?</title>
156 <body> 218<body>
157 <p>Under Gentoo Linux 1.0_rc6 and later, you can disable devfs by passing the 219
158 <c>gentoo=nodevfs</c> to the kernel.</p> 220<p>
221You don't need to redo every step of the installation, but investigating the
222kernel and all associated steps is necessary. Suppose you have installed Gentoo
223on <path>/dev/hda1</path> (/boot) and <path>/dev/hda3</path> (/) with
224<path>/dev/hda2</path> being the swap space:
225</p>
226
227<pre caption = "Reconfiguring the kernel">
228<comment>Boot from the Install CD and wait until you receive a prompt</comment>
229<comment>We first mount all partitions:</comment>
230# <i>mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/gentoo</i>
231# <i>mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/gentoo/boot</i>
232# <i>swapon /dev/hda2</i>
233# <i>mount -t proc none /mnt/gentoo/proc</i>
234<comment>Then we chroot into our Gentoo environment and configure the kernel:</comment>
235# <i>chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash</i>
236# <i>env-update &amp;&amp; source /etc/profile</i>
237# <i>cd /usr/src/linux</i>
238# <i>make menuconfig</i>
239<comment>Now (de)select anything you have (de)selected wrongly at your</comment>
240<comment>previous attempt. Then quit and compile your kernel:</comment>
241# <i>make &amp;&amp; make modules_install</i>
242<comment>Now copy over your bzImage file, overwriting your previous one:</comment>
243# <i>cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/&lt;kernel_name&gt;</i>
244<comment>If you use LILO, rerun lilo -- GRUB users should skip this:</comment>
245# <i>/sbin/lilo</i>
246<comment>Now exit the chroot and reboot.</comment>
247# <i>exit</i>
248# <i>umount /mnt/gentoo/proc /mnt/gentoo/boot /mnt/gentoo</i>
249# <i>reboot</i>
250</pre>
251
252<p>
253If, on the other hand, the problem lies with your bootloader configuration,
254follow the same steps, but instead of configuring/compiling your kernel, you
255should reconfigure your bootloader (recompilation isn't necessary).
256</p>
257
159 </body> 258</body>
160 </section> 259</section>
161 <section> 260<section id="proxy">
162 <title>How do I get a <path>/dev/mouse </path> that 261<title>My proxy requires authentication, what do I have to do?</title>
163 doesn't go away when I reboot (when using devfs)?</title>
164 <body> 262<body>
263
165 <p> 264<p>
166 If you are using 1.0_rc6 or later, then you can just use <c>ln -s</c> 265To have Portage automatically use this scheme, define it in
167 to make the usual symbolic link from <path>/dev/mouse</path>, and 266<path>/etc/make.conf</path>:
168 it will be preserved between reboots.
169 </p> 267</p>
170 <p>All other users need to edit <path>/etc/devfsd.conf</path> 268
171 and add these lines:</p> 269<pre caption = "/etc/make.conf">
270http_proxy="http://username:password@yourproxybox.org:portnumber"
271ftp_proxy="ftp://username:password@yourproxybox.org:portnumber"
272RSYNC_PROXY="rsync://username:password@yourproxybox.server:portnumber"
172<pre> 273</pre>
173REGISTER ^misc/psaux$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL symlink misc/psaux mouse 274
174UNREGISTER ^misc/psaux$ CFUNCTION GLOBAL unlink mouse
175</pre>
176 <p>If you are not using the devfs PS/2 mouse <path>/dev/misc/psaux</path> device,
177 adjust the <c>misc/psaux</c> strings above accoringly. You'll then want to
178 <c>killall -HUP devfsd</c>
179 to get devfsd to reread <path>/etc/devfsd.conf</path>.</p>
180 </body> 275</body>
181 </section> 276</section>
182 <section> 277<section id="isoburning">
183 <title>Grub can't find stage x.y?</title> 278<title>How do I burn an ISO file?</title>
184 <body><p> 279<body>
185 During installation the grub boot files are copied 280
186 to <path>/boot/grub</path> (<path>/boot/boot/grub</path> in Gentoo Linux 1.0_rc5 and 281<p>
187 earlier.) Grub automatically looks in the <path>/boot/grub</path> directory on the boot 282You need to burn the file in raw mode. This means that you should <e>not</e>
188 partition. (We strongly recommend having a separate no-auto boot partition mounted at 283just place the file on the CD, but interpret the file as an entire CD.
189 <path>/boot</path>, since that way it is much more difficult to clobber your kernel and boot
190 info by accident.) The above error generally arises from (a) not using a separate boot
191 partition, (b) forgetting to mount the boot partition at <path>/boot</path> before either
192 unpacking the build snapshot or running
193 <c>emerge --usepkg system</c>, or (c) forgetting the
194 <c>notail</c> option when mounting a ReiserFS <path>/boot</path> partition.
195 You can get more information on grub, including how to
196 debug grub from the grub prompt, by reading the
197 <uri link="http://www-105.ibm.com/developerworks/education.nsf/linux-onlinecourse-bytitle/0F1731DC664023B7862569D0005C44AF?OpenDocument">IBM developerWorks Grub tutorial</uri>.
198 </p> 284</p>
199 </body> 285
286<p>
287There are lots of CD burning tools available; covering them all would be a
288Sisyphean problem. However, describing a few popular tools never hurts:
289</p>
290
291<ul>
292 <li>
293 With EasyCD Creator you select <c>File</c>, <c>Record CD
294 from CD image</c>. Then you change the <c>Files of type</c> to <c>ISO image
295 file</c>. Then locate the ISO file and click <c>Open</c>. When you click on
296 <c>Start recording</c> the ISO image will be burned correctly onto the CD-R.
297 </li>
298 <li>
299 With Nero Burning ROM, cancel the wizard which automatically pops up and
300 select <c>Burn Image</c> from the <c>File</c> menu. Select the image you
301 want to burn and click <c>Open</c>. Now hit the <c>Burn</c> button and watch
302 your brand new CD being burnt.
303 </li>
304 <li>
305 With cdrecord, you simply type <c>cdrecord dev=/dev/hdc</c> (replace
306 <path>/dev/hdc</path> with your CD-RW drive's device path) followed
307 by the path to the ISO file :)
308 </li>
309 <li>
310 With K3B, select <c>Tools</c> &gt; <c>CD</c> &gt; <c>Burn CD Image</c>.
311 Then you can locate your ISO file within the 'Image to Burn' area. Finally
312 click <c>Start</c>.
313 </li>
314 <li>
315 With Mac OS X Panther, launch <c>Disk Utility</c> from
316 <path>Applications/Utilities</path>, select <c>Open</c> from the
317 <c>Images</c> menu, select the mounted disk image in the main window and
318 select <c>Burn</c> in the <c>Images</c> menu.
319 </li>
320 <li>
321 With Mac OS X Jaguar, launch <c>Disk Copy</c> from
322 <path>Applications/Utilities</path>, select <c>Burn Image</c> from the
323 <c>File</c> menu, select the ISO and click the <c>Burn</c> button.
324 </li>
325</ul>
326
327
328</body>
200 </section> 329</section>
201 330<section id="cpus">
202 <section> 331<title>What CD/stage should I use for my CPU?</title>
203 <title>My ASUS CUV4X-D won't boot and it freezes during various stages of kernel loading and hardware
204 detection. </title>
205 <body> 332<body>
206 <p>Disable MPS 1.4 (multi-processor-system) in the BIOS or switch this 333
207 function to 1.1. By using this option you just switch the MPS version. The Multi-Processor-System 334<p>
208 will still work properly. Make sure to boot Gentoo Linux with the following boot option, noapic. </p> 335First you need to find out what CPU you use. Suppose it's a Pentium-M. Then you
336need to find out what CPU it is, instruction-wise, compatible with. You may
337need to consult the CPU's vendor website for this, although <uri
338link="http://www.google.com">Google</uri> is at least as efficient :-).
339</p>
340
341<p>
342If you are uncertain, take a "lower" CD/stage file, for instance a i686 or even
343generic x86 (or the equivalent in your arch). This will ensure that your system
344will work, but may not be as fast as further optimizations.
345</p>
346
347<p>
348Please note that many more options exist than those for which Gentoo builds
349binary stages. Please see the <uri
350link="http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc-3.4.4/gcc/i386-and-x86_002d64-Options.html#i386-and-x86_002d64-Options">gcc
351guide</uri> for setting <c>-march</c>.
352</p>
353
209 </body> 354</body>
210 </section> 355</section>
211 356<section id="dhcp">
357<title>I can't get online after rebooting. What is wrong?</title>
358<body>
359
360<p>
361First you need to check if your network card is discovered properly by the
362kernel. Run <c>ifconfig&nbsp;-a</c> and look for eth0 or wlan0 (in case of
363certain wireless network cards). You might need to load specific kernel modules
364for the kernel to properly detect the network card. If that is the case, make
365sure that these kernel modules are listed in
366<path>/etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6</path> (or <path>kernel-2.4</path> if
367you are still using a 2.4 kernel).
368</p>
369
370<p>
371If you have forgotten to include support for your network card in your kernel,
372you will need to reconfigure your kernel.
373</p>
374
375<p>
376If your network card is found by your kernel, but you have set your networking
377configuration to use DHCP, you might have forgotten to
378<c>emerge&nbsp;dhcpcd</c>. You will need to reboot with your installation CD to
379install <c>dhcpcd</c>.
380</p>
381
382<p>
383Information on how to rescue your system using the installation CD is <uri
384link="#bootrescue">available</uri> as well.
385</p>
386
387</body>
388</section>
389<section id="dualboot">
390<title>
391I want to boot Windows from grub or lilo but it shows only black screen. What
392should I do?
393</title>
394<body>
395
396<p>
397This is a known problem. Windows refuses to boot when it isn't installed on the
398first hard drive and shows a black/blank screen. To handle this, you will have
399to "fool" Windows into believing that it is installed on the first hard drive
400with a little tweak in your boot loader configuration. Please note that in the
401below example, Gentoo is installed on <path>hda</path> (first disk) and Windows
402on <path>hdb</path> (second one). Adjust your config as needed.
403</p>
404
405<pre caption="Example dual boot entry for Windows in grub.conf">
406title Windows XP
407 map (hd1) (hd0)
408 map (hd0) (hd1)
409 rootnoverify (hd1,0)
410 chainloader +1
411</pre>
412
413<pre caption="Example dual boot entry for Windows in lilo.conf">
414other=/dev/hdb1
415 label=WindowsXP
416 table=/dev/hdb
417 map-drive = 0x80
418 to = 0x81
419 map-drive = 0x81
420 to = 0x80
421</pre>
422
423<p>
424This will make Windows believe it is installed on the first hard drive and boot
425without problems. More information can be found in the <uri
426link="http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/html_node/DOS_002fWindows.html">GRUB
427documentation</uri> and in <c>man lilo.conf</c>, depending on the boot loader
428you're using.
429</p>
430
431</body>
432</section>
433<section id="stage12">
434<title>How do I Install Gentoo Using a Stage1 or Stage2 Tarball?</title>
435<body>
436
437<p>
438The Gentoo Handbook only describes a Gentoo installation using a stage3 tarball.
439However, Gentoo still provides stage1 and stage2 tarballs. This is for
440development purposes (the Release Engineering team starts from a stage1 tarball
441to obtain a stage3) but shouldn't be used by users: a stage3 tarball can very
442well be used to bootstrap the system. You do need a working Internet connection.
443</p>
444
445<p>
446Bootstrapping means building the toolchain (the C library and compiler) for
447your system after which you install all core system packages. To bootstrap the
448system, perform a stage3 installation. Before you start the chapter on
449<e>Configuring the Kernel</e>, modify the <path>bootstrap.sh</path> script to
450suit your needs and then run it:
451</p>
452
453<pre caption="Bootstrapping the system">
454# <i>cd /usr/portage/scripts</i>
455# <i>vi bootstrap.sh</i>
456
457# <i>./bootstrap.sh</i>
458</pre>
459
460<p>
461Next, rebuild all core system packages with the newly built toolchain. We need
462to rebuild them since the stage3 tarball already offers them:
463</p>
464
465<pre caption="Rebuilding the core system packages">
466# <i>emerge -e system</i>
467</pre>
468
469<p>
470Now you can continue with <e>Configuring the Kernel</e>. You can not use the
471prebuilt GRP packages anymore though.
472</p>
473
474</body>
475</section>
212</chapter> 476</chapter>
213 477
214<chapter> 478<chapter>
215 <title>Package Management</title> 479<title>Package Management</title>
216 <section> 480<section id="ebuilds">
217 <title>In what format are the packages stored?</title> 481<title>In what form are the packages stored?</title>
218 <body><p>They exist in our portage tree as <e>ebuild</e> autobuild scripts; we are primarily 482<body>
219 a ports-based distribution, meaning that we provide scripts (<c>.ebuild</c> files) and a 483
220 special system (Portage) so that you can build apps from sources. We generally only build 484<p>
221 binaries for releases and snapshots. The <uri link="/doc/gentoo-howto.html">Development HOWTO 485Packages aren't "stored" per se. Instead, Gentoo provides a set of scripts
222 </uri> covers the contents of an ebuild script in detail. For full binary ISO releases, we 486which can resolve dependencies, fetch source code, and compile a version of the
223 create a full suite of binary packages in an enhanced <c>.tbz2</c> format (<c>.tar.bz2</c> 487package specifically for your needs. We generally only build binaries for
224 compatible with meta-information attached to the end of the file.)</p> 488releases and snapshots. The <uri
489link="/proj/en/devrel/handbook/handbook.xml?part=2&amp;chap=1">Gentoo Ebuild
490HOWTO</uri> covers the contents of an ebuild script in detail.
491</p>
492
493<p>
494For full ISO releases, we create a full suite of binary packages in an enhanced
495<c>.tbz2</c> format, which is <c>.tar.bz2</c> compatible with meta-information
496attached to the end of the file. These can be used to install a working (though
497not fully optimized) version of the package quickly and efficiently.
498</p>
499
500<p>
501It is possible to create RPMs (Redhat package manager files) using Gentoo's
502Portage, but it is not currently possible to use already existing RPMs to
503install packages.
504</p>
505
225 </body> 506</body>
226 </section> 507</section>
227 508<section id="configure">
228 <section> 509<title>I want to perform the ./configure step myself. Can I?</title>
229 <title>Why write a new port system (Portage) instead of using BSD's version?</title>
230 <body> 510<body>
231 <p>In one sentence, because Portage is much better in so many ways. One of the design 511
232 philosophies of the <c>.ebuild</c> syntax was to make it an analog of what you'd type to 512<p>
233 install the program manually, thus making Portage very easy to learn and modify to your 513Yes, but it is not trivial, nor is it recommended. Since the method to do this
234 needs. We also have OpenBSD-style "fake" installs, safe unmerging, system profiles, 514requires a good understanding of Portage internals and commands, it is instead
235 package masking, a real dependency system, and lots of other good stuff.</p> 515recommended that you patch the ebuild to do whatever it is that you want and
516place it in a Portage overlay (that's why overlays exist). This is <e>much</e>
517better for maintainability, and usually easier. See the <uri
518link="/proj/en/devrel/handbook/handbook.xml?part=2&amp;chap=1">Ebuild
519HOWTO</uri> for more information.
520</p>
521
236 </body> 522</body>
237 </section> 523</section>
524<section id="firewall">
525<title>How do I use emerge from behind a firewall?</title>
526<body>
238 527
239 <section> 528<p>
240 <title>How does this differ from Debian's apt or BSD's ports?</title> 529See the questions on <uri link="#proxy">proxies</uri>, <uri
241 <body><p>Portage features the best of apt and ports; for example, USE options, a full 530link="#norsync">rsync</uri>, and <uri link="#manualdownload">downloading source
242 dependency system, safe installs and uninstalls, and a true package database. Think of 531files manually</uri>.
243 Portage as the best of both worlds; a ports system with the sensibilities and safety of a 532</p>
244 Linux package management system built-in.</p></body> 533
534</body>
245 </section> 535</section>
246 536<section id="norsync">
247 <section>
248 <title>How do I install and uninstall packages?</title>
249 <body>
250 <p>The <uri link="/doc/portage-user.html">Portage User Guide</uri> details how to install
251 and uninstall packages, and update Portage.</p>
252 </body>
253 </section>
254
255 <section>
256 <title>How can I set a global configuration for compiling packages?</title>
257 <body><p><path>/etc/make.conf</path> should be modified to override global and
258 profile-specific default options used to compile and merge packages. The most common options
259 are as follows:</p>
260 <table>
261 <tr>
262 <th>Flag</th>
263 <th>Description</th>
264 </tr>
265 <tr>
266 <ti>CHOST</ti>
267 <ti>This sets the HOST variable for compiles, e.g. <c>i686-pc-linux-gnu</c></ti>
268 </tr>
269 <tr>
270 <ti>CFLAGS</ti>
271 <ti>The options for <c>gcc</c> when compiling programs written in C (*.c files)</ti>
272 </tr>
273 <tr>
274 <ti>CXXFLAGS</ti>
275 <ti>The options for <c>gcc</c> when compiling programs written in C++ (*.c,*.cpp etc.
276 files)</ti>
277 </tr>
278 <tr>
279 <ti>USE</ti>
280 <ti>This allows you to set what optional components you'd like compiled-in, if
281 available. For example, if you have <c>gnome</c> inside the USE string, then when
282 you compile <c>xchat</c>, it will include GNOME support. All our dependencies are
283 also USE-aware.</ti>
284 </tr>
285 <tr>
286 <ti>GENTOO_MIRRORS</ti>
287 <ti>A space separated list of URIs currently mirroring the Gentoo packages. Portage
288 will attempt download from a <c>GENTOO_MIRROR</c> first before trying the official
289 <c>SRC_URI</c>. To force Portage to skip mirrors, set this variable to "".</ti>
290 </tr>
291 </table>
292 </body>
293 </section>
294
295 <section>
296 <title>What happened to <path>/etc/make.defaults</path>?</title>
297 <body>
298 <p>As of Portage 1.5 onwards, <path>/etc/make.defaults</path> is antiquated;
299 if you have portage-1.5-r1 or above installed then you can safely delete it.
300 This file has been replaced by <path>/etc/make.profile/make.defaults</path>
301 (<path>/etc/make.profile</path> should actually be a symlink to,
302 <path>/usr/portage/profiles/default</path>),
303 which contains system profile-specific default settings. The priority order of
304 the various configuration files is as follows (highest first):
305 <ol>
306 <li>Environment variables</li>
307 <li><path>/etc/make.conf</path>, for your use</li>
308 <li><path>/etc/make.profile/make.defaults</path>, for profile-specific defaults</li>
309 <li><path>/etc/make.globals</path>, for global defaults (settings not specified in
310 any other place come from here)</li>
311 </ol></p></body>
312 </section>
313
314 <section>
315 <title>Is there a way to upgrade all installed packages
316 e.g. <e>apt-get upgrade</e> or <e>make World</e>?</title>
317 <body><p><b>YES!</b> Type <c>emerge --update system</c> (use it with <c>--pretend</c> first) to
318 update all core system packages, and use <c>emerge --update world</c> (again, use it with
319 <c>--pretend</c> first) to do a complete system upgrade of all installed packages.
320
321
322 </p></body>
323 </section>
324
325 <section>
326 <title>When updating a package using <c>emerge</c> or <c>ebuild</c>, how do I avoid
327 clobbering my config files?</title>
328 <body><p>
329 Portage now includes config file management support by default. Type
330 <c>emerge --help config</c> for more details. The (overly) simple answer is that if
331 a package installs <path>foo</path> somewhere under <path>/etc</path>, and
332 another <path>foo</path> already exists there, then the new <path>foo</path> will
333 instead be renamed to <path>._cfgxxxx_foo</path> in that directory. A useful
334 tool for examining and updating any protected config files is <c>etc-update</c>,
335 currently obtained by <c>emerge app-admin/gentoolkit</c>.
336 </p></body>
337 </section>
338
339 <section>
340 <title>I want to perform the <c>./configure</c> step myself. Can I?</title>
341 <body><p>
342 Yes, but it is not trivial. First do <c>man ebuild</c> followed by
343 <c>ebuild foo-x.y.z.ebuild unpack</c>. Then <c>cd</c> to
344 <path>/var/tmp/portage/foo-x.y.z/work</path>. You can manually perform
345 the <c>./configure</c> and <c>make</c> steps yourself (you'll have to do
346 both, since Portage does not separate the configure and build steps). To
347 have Portage finish the installation (so that you can easily remove it later,
348 should you desire to do so, and it will be registered in Portage as a possible
349 dependency) you first need to <c>touch /var/tmp/portage/foo-x.y.z/.compiled</c>
350 (tricking Portage into thinking that <c>ebuild foo-x.y.z.ebuild compile</c> has
351 completed), followed by <c>ebuild foo-x.y.z.ebuild merge</c>.
352 </p></body>
353 </section>
354
355 <section>
356 <title>What if rsync doesn't work for me?</title> 537<title>What if rsync doesn't work for me?</title>
357 <body><p> 538<body>
358 If you're behind a firewall that doesn't permit 539
359 rsync traffic, then you can instead download the daily 540<p>
360 /usr/portage snapshots from 541If you're behind a firewall that doesn't permit rsync traffic, then you can use
361 <uri>http://cvs.gentoo.org/snapshots/</uri>. Just unpack 542<c>emerge-webrsync</c> which will fetch and install a Portage snapshot for you
362 the tarball (using <c>tar xvjf portage-foo.tbz2</c>) in 543through regular HTTP. See the <uri link="#proxy">proxy section</uri> of this
363 the <path>/usr</path> directory. 544document for information on downloading source files and Portage snapshots via
364 </p></body> 545a proxy.
546</p>
547
548</body>
365 </section> 549</section>
366 550<section id="manualdownload">
367 <section> 551<title>
368 <title>How do I use <i>emerge</i> from behind a firewall?</title>
369 <body><p>
370 Edit the PROXY settings in <path>/etc/make.conf</path>. If that doesn't work,
371 edit <path>/etc/wget/wgetrc</path> and edit http_proxy and ftp_proxy
372 appropriately.
373 </p></body>
374 </section>
375
376 <section>
377 <title>Can I rsync from another operating system?</title>
378 <body><p>There's a program called unison that works under both UNIX and Win32, available from
379 <uri>http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/</uri>.</p></body>
380 </section>
381
382 <section>
383 <title>I have only slow modem connection at home. Can I download sources somewhere else and 552 I have only slow modem connection at home. Can I download sources somewhere
384 add them to my system?</title> 553 else and add them to my system?
385 <body><p> 554</title>
555<body>
556
557<p>
386 Definitely. You can run <c>emerge --pretend package</c> to see what programs 558Definitely. You can run <c>emerge --pretend package</c> to see what programs
387 are going to be installed. Download sources and bring them on any media 559are going to be installed. To find out the sources for those packages and where
388 home. Put the sources into <path>/usr/portage/distfiles</path> and run 560to download the sources from, you can run <c>emerge -fp package</c>. Download
389 <c>emerge package</c> to see it picking up the sources you just brought in! 561sources and bring them on any media home. Put the sources into
390 </p></body> 562<path>/usr/portage/distfiles/</path> and then simply run <c>emerge package</c>.
563Be warned, however, that this is a tedious process.
564</p>
565
566</body>
391 </section> 567</section>
568<section id="distfiles">
569<title>
570 Source tarballs are collecting in /usr/portage/distfiles/. Is it safe to
571 delete these files?
572</title>
573<body>
392 574
393 <section> 575<p>
394 <title>.tar.gz sources for installed software are piling up in /usr/portage/distfiles/ using 576Deleting these files will have no negative impact on day-to-day performance.
395 valuable space. Is it safe to delete these files?</title> 577However, it might be wise to keep the most recent version of the files; often
396 <body><p> 578several ebuilds will be released for the same version of a specific piece of
397 Yes, you can safely delete these files. But if you are on a slow 579software. If you have deleted the archive and you upgrade the software it will
398 connection, such as a modem, you might want to keep the archives if 580be necessary to download them from the internet again.
399 possible; often several ebuilds will be released for the same version of 581</p>
400 a specific piece of software - if you have deleted the archive and you 582
401 upgrade the software it will have to be downloaded from the internet 583<p>
402 again. 584You can use the <c>eclean</c> script from <c>app-portage/gentoolkit</c> to
403 </p></body> 585manage the contents of <path>/usr/portage/distfiles/</path> and a few other
586locations. Please read <c>man eclean</c> to learn more about its usage.
587</p>
588
589</body>
404 </section> 590</section>
405 591<section id="tmpportage">
406 <section> 592<title>
407 <title>How can I manage my own ebuilds without destroying them by (r)sync?</title> 593 What's in /var/tmp/portage? Is it safe to delete the files and
594 directories in /var/tmp/portage?
595</title>
408 <body> 596<body>
409 <p>The simplest method is to use anonymous CVS instead of rsync, and 597
410 maintain your local 598<p>
411 ebuilds in /usr/portage/local. Here's how to do it:</p> 599During compilation, Gentoo saves the sources of the package in
412 <pre> 600<path>/var/tmp/portage</path>. These files and folder are usually deleted upon
413# <i>emerge cvs</i> <comment>(if necessary)</comment> 601a successful merge, but this sometimes fails. It is safe to clean out all
414# <i>cd <path>/usr</path></i> 602contents of this directory <e>if</e> emerge is not running. Just to be sure,
415# <i>cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@gentoo.org:/home/anoncvs login</i> <comment>(hit &lt;enter&gt;)</comment> 603always <c>pgrep emerge</c> before cleaning out this directory.
416# <i>cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@gentoo.org:/home/anoncvs get gentoo-x86</i> 604</p>
417# <i>cp /usr/portage/distfiles/* gentoo-x86/distfiles/</i> 605
418# <i>cp -a /usr/portage/packages/* gentoo-x86/packages/</i>
419# <i>mv portage portage.old</i>
420# <i>ln -s gentoo-x86 portage</i>
421# <i>mkdir /usr/portage/local</i>
422# <i>echo local &gt;&gt; /usr/portage/profiles/categories</i>
423# <i>cp /etc/make.conf /etc/make.conf.orig</i>
424# <i>sed -e 's/#SYNC="cvs/SYNC="cvs/' /etc/make.conf.orig &gt; /etc/make.conf</i>
425 </pre>
426 </body> 606</body>
427 </section> 607</section>
428
429 <section>
430 <title>I went to emerge blackdown-jdk and blackdown-jre, and afterwards
431 <c>java-config --list-available-vms</c> would only list blackdown-jre.
432 Openoffice would then refuse to emerge. What do I do? </title>
433
434 <body>
435 <p>Solution: </p>
436 <pre caption = "Solution">
437# <c>emerge unmerge blackdown-jre blackdown-jdk </c>
438# <c>CONFIG_PROTECT="" emerge blackdown-jdk </c>
439 </pre>
440
441 </body>
442 </section>
443</chapter> 608</chapter>
444 609
445<chapter> 610<chapter>
446 <title>Usage</title> 611<title>Usage</title>
447 <section> 612<section id="intkeyboard">
448 <title>I have installed openssh on my box, but can only log in as root - my normal user
449 account doesn't work. </title>
450 <body>
451 <p>
452 This is most probably because your user account doesn't have a valid shell specified. Check
453 for your user entry in
454 <path>/etc/passwd</path> and see if it ends in /bin/bash (or any other shell). If it doesn't,
455 you must set a shell for the user. This is done using the usermod command, like this ;
456 </p>
457 <pre># <i>usermod -s /bin/bash myuser</i></pre>
458 </body>
459 </section>
460
461 <section>
462 <title>I can start X applications as root only.</title>
463 <body><p>Your <path>/tmp</path> directory has the wrong permissions (it needs the sticky bit
464 set). Type the following as root:</p>
465 <pre># <i>chmod 1777 /tmp</i></pre>
466 </body>
467 </section>
468
469 <section>
470 <title>How do I set up an International Keyboard Layout?</title> 613<title>How do I set up an International Keyboard Layout?</title>
614<body>
615
616<p>
471 <body><p>Edit the <c>KEYMAP</c> variable in <path>/etc/rc.conf</path>. 617Edit the <c>KEYMAP</c> variable in <path>/etc/conf.d/keymaps</path>. To have
618console working correctly with extended characters in your keymap you might
619also need to set up variables <c>CONSOLETRANSLATION</c> and <c>CONSOLEFONT</c>
620in your <path>/etc/conf.d/consolefont</path> (for further information on
621localising your environment, refer to <uri
622link="/doc/en/guide-localization.xml">our localisation guide</uri>).
472 Then either reboot or restart the keymaps script: 623Then, either <c>reboot</c>, or restart the keymaps and consolefont scripts:
624</p>
625
626<pre caption="Restarting keymaps">
473 <c>/etc/init.d/keymaps restart</c>.</p> 627# <i>/etc/init.d/keymaps restart</i>
628# <i>/etc/init.d/consolefont restart</i>
629</pre>
630
474 </body> 631</body>
475 </section> 632</section>
476 633<section id="rootdns">
477 <section>
478 <title>DNS name resolution works for root only.</title> 634<title>DNS name resolution works for root only</title>
635<body>
636
637<p>
479 <body><p><path>/etc/resolv.conf</path> has the wrong permissions; <c>chmod</c> it as follows: 638<path>/etc/resolv.conf</path> has the wrong permissions; <c>chmod</c> it as
639follows:
480 </p> 640</p>
641
642<pre caption="Changing permissions on /etc/resolv.conf">
481 <pre># <i>chmod 0644 /etc/resolv.conf</i></pre> 643# <i>chmod 0644 /etc/resolv.conf</i>
644</pre>
645
482 </body> 646</body>
483 </section> 647</section>
648<section id="crontab">
649<title>Why can't my user use their own crontab?</title>
650<body>
484 651
485 <section> 652<p>
486 <title>Why is KDE not reading <path>/etc/profile</path>?</title> 653You need to add that user to the <c>cron</c> group.
487 <body><p>You need to add <c>--login</c> to the first line in <path>/opt/kde2.1/bin/startkde 654</p>
488 </path>, so that it reads as follows:</p> 655
489 <pre>#!/bin/sh --login</pre>
490 <p>This fix has been added to recent versions of KDE.</p>
491 </body> 656</body>
492 </section> 657</section>
658<section id="numlock">
659<title>How do I get numlock to start on boot?</title>
660<body>
661
662<p>
663If you work in command line, you only need to <c>rc-update add
664numlock default &amp;&amp;/etc/init.d/numlock start</c>.
665</p>
666
667<p>
668Each GUI provides different tools for this sort of thing; please check the help
669section or online manuals for assistance.
670</p>
671
672</body>
673</section>
674<section id="clear">
675<title>How do I have my terminal cleared when I log out?</title>
676<body>
677
678<p>
679To have your terminal cleared, add <c>clear</c> to your
680<path>~/.bash_logout</path> script:
681</p>
682
683<pre caption = "Clearing the terminal during logout">
684$ <i>echo clear &gt;&gt; ~/.bash_logout</i>
685</pre>
686
687<p>
688If you want this to happen automatically when you add a new
689user, do the same for the <path>/etc/skel/.bash_logout</path>:
690</p>
691
692<pre caption = "Making new users their terminal clear on logout">
693# <i>echo clear &gt;&gt; /etc/skel/.bash_logout</i></pre>
694</body>
695
696</section>
493</chapter> 697</chapter>
494 698
495<chapter> 699<chapter>
496 <title>Maintenance</title> 700<title>Maintenance</title>
497 <section> 701<section id="filecorruption">
498 <title>ReiserFS and filesystem corruption issues -- how to fix'em, etc</title> 702<title>ReiserFS and filesystem corruption issues -- how to fix them, etc</title>
499 <body> 703<body>
704
500 <p> 705<p>
501 If your
502 ReiserFS partition is corrupt, try booting the Gentoo 706If your ReiserFS partition is corrupt, try booting the Gentoo Install CD and
503 Linux boot CD and run <c>reiserfsck --rebuild-tree</c> on 707run <c>reiserfsck --rebuild-tree</c> on the corrupted filesystem. This should
504 the corrupted filesystem. This should make the filesystem consistent 708make the filesystem consistent again, although you may have lost some files or
505 again, although you may have lost some files or directories due 709directories due to the corruption.
506 to the corruption.
507 </p> 710</p>
711
508 </body> 712</body>
509 </section> 713</section>
510<!-- is this still relevant? -cpm -->
511 <section>
512 <title>How to I view the timestamps in /var/log/syslog.d, etc. on a pre-1.0_rc5 Gentoo
513 system?</title>
514 <body>
515 <p>To view multilog (Gentoo Linux 1.0_rc5 and earlier) timestamps, you need to pipe the
516 current log through the <c>tai64nlocal</c>command:</p>
517
518<pre>
519# <i>cat /var/log/syslog.d/current | tai64nlocal | less</i>
520</pre>
521
522<p>Or, alternatively, if you want to "tail" the log:</p>
523
524<pre>
525# <i>tail -f /var/log/syslog.d/current | tai64nlocal</i>
526</pre>
527
528</body>
529 </section>
530</chapter> 714</chapter>
531 715
532<chapter> 716<chapter>
533 <title>Development</title> 717<title>Development</title>
534 <section> 718<section id="reportbugs">
535 <title>Where can I report bugs?</title> 719<title>Where can I report bugs?</title>
536 <body><p>For bugs within a specific program, contact the program's author. Otherwise, use our 720<body>
537 Bugzilla bug tracker at <uri>http://bugs.gentoo.org</uri>. You can also visit us in 721
538 <c>#gentoo</c> on the <uri link="http://www.openprojects.net">OpenProjects</uri> IRC network. 722<p>
539 </p></body> 723Use our <uri link="https://bugs.gentoo.org">Bugzilla</uri>. If you are unsure if
724your problem is an actual bug, you can visit <uri
725link="irc://irc.gentoo.org/gentoo">#gentoo</uri> on IRC.
726</p>
727
728</body>
540 </section> 729</section>
541 730<section id="releases">
542 <section>
543 <title>How often are new releases made?</title> 731<title>How often are new releases made?</title>
544 <body><p>New releases are announced on the <uri link="http://lists.gentoo.org/mailman/listinfo/gentoo-announce">gentoo-announce</uri> 732<body>
545 mailing list<!-- TODO: approximatley every X months -->, In reality the packages themselves 733
546 are updated shortly after the main authors release new code. As for when new Cd images etc 734<p>
547 are released, that tends to be whenever there are any major updates to the base code, or when 735Gentoo's packages are usually updated shortly after the main authors release
548 new modules get added.</p></body> 736new code. As for when Gentoo itself makes new stage/profile/ISO releases, check
737our <uri link="/proj/en/releng">Release Engineering Project</uri> page. New
738releases are announced on the <uri
739link="/main/en/lists.xml">gentoo-announce</uri> mailing list. See the question
740on <uri link="#upgrade">upgrading</uri> for more information.
741</p>
742
743</body>
549 </section> 744</section>
745<section id="beeping">
746<title>
747 My speaker beeps like crazy. How do I disable console beeps?
748</title>
749<body>
550 750
551 <section> 751<p>
552 <title>I would like a package to be added to Portage; how would I go about this?</title> 752Console beeps can be turned off using setterm, like this:
553 <body><p>Head over to <uri>http://bugs.gentoo.org</uri> and submit a new bug of the type 753</p>
554 "ebuild". Attach your ebuild to the bug report.</p></body> 754
755<pre caption="Using setterm">
756# <i>setterm -blength 0</i>
757</pre>
758
759<p>
760If you would like to turn off the console beeps on boot, you need to put this
761command in <path>/etc/conf.d/local.start</path>. However, this only disables
762beeps for the current terminal. To disable beeps for other terminals, pipe the
763command output to the target terminal, like this: </p>
764
765<pre caption="Using setterm (bis)">
766# <i>setterm -blength 0 >/dev/vc/1</i>
767</pre>
768
769<p>
770You need to replace /dev/vc/1 with the terminal you would like to disable
771console beeps for.
772</p>
773
774</body>
555 </section> 775</section>
556
557 <section>
558 <title>How can I add a question or answer to this FAQ?</title>
559 <body><p>Submit a new bug over at <uri>http://bugs.gentoo.org</uri> and add it to the
560 "Docs-user" product.</p></body>
561 </section>
562
563 <section>
564 <title>make -f Makefile.cvs on a KDE app produces "invalid unused variable" errors</title>
565 <body><p>
566 Export <c>WANT_AUTOMAKE_1_4=1</c> for all KDE projects before running
567 <c>make -f Makefile.cvs</c>. Also, for KDE2 apps export <c>WANT_AUTOCONF_2_1=1</c>,
568 and for KDE3 apps export <c>WANT_AUTOCONF_2_5=1</c>.
569 </p></body>
570 </section>
571
572
573 <section>
574 <title>My speaker beeps like crazy while compiling Mozilla. How do I disable console beeps?
575 </title>
576 <body>
577 <p>
578 Console beeps can be turned off using setterm, like this ;
579
580 <pre># <i>setterm -blength 0</i></pre>
581
582 If you would like to turn off the console beeps on boot
583 you need to put this command in
584 <path>/etc/conf.d/local.start</path>. However, this only
585 disables beeps for the current terminal. To disable
586 beeps for other terminals, pipe the command output to the
587 target terminal, like this ;
588
589 <pre># <i>setterm -blength 0 >/dev/vc/1</i></pre>
590
591 You need to replace /dev/vc/1 with the terminal
592 you would like to disable console beeps for.
593 </p>
594 </body>
595 </section>
596</chapter> 776</chapter>
597 777
598<chapter> 778<chapter>
599<title>Resources</title> 779<title>Resources</title>
600 <section> 780<section id="resources">
601 <title>Where can I find more about supervise used by default in Gentoo Linux 1.0_rc5 and earlier?</title>
602 <body><p><!-- TODO: --><uri>http://cr.yp.to/daemontools.html</uri></p></body>
603 </section>
604
605 <section>
606 <title>Where can I find more information about Gentoo Linux?</title> 781<title>Where can I find more information about Gentoo Linux?</title>
607 <body><p>The official Gentoo documentation can be found on <uri>http://www.gentoo.org</uri>; general Linux information is at <uri>http://www.linuxdoc.org</uri>.</p></body> 782<body>
783
784<p>
785The official Gentoo documentation can be found at
786<uri>http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/</uri>.
787</p>
788
789</body>
608 </section> 790</section>
609 791<section id="buycd">
610 <section>
611 <title>Can I buy a CD of Gentoo Linux?</title> 792<title>Can I buy a CD of Gentoo Linux?</title>
612 <body><p>Yes! Fresh CDRs are available for $5 USD apiece from 793<body>
613 <uri link = "http://cart.cheapbytes.com/cgi-bin/cart/0070010805">Cheapbytes</uri>. 794
795<p>
796Install CDs for all supported architectures are available on our <uri
797link="http://www.cafepress.com/officialgentoo/">Gentoo Store</uri>. When you
798purchase a CD from our store, you are also supporting our development. So,
799please consider buying from our store if possible.
614 </p> 800</p>
615 <p>There are also CDs for sale at <uri link = "http://www.tuxcds.com/section.php?section=42"> 801
616 tuxcds</uri> for a very good price. These people also bounce back a portion of the profits 802<p>
617 to the Gentoo project, so buy them while they are hot! </p> 803You can also find fresh CDs from various resellers listed on our <uri
804link="/main/en/where.xml">Get Gentoo!</uri> page.
805</p>
806
618 </body> 807</body>
619 </section> 808</section>
620 809<section id="help">
621 <section>
622 <title>Why, when I hit reply to a post on a Gentoo mailing list, does my answer
623 only go to the original poster and not the entire list?</title>
624 <body>
625 <p>The mailing list administrators have decided to go with minimal munging
626 (altering of mail headers), which means that they have decided against
627 altering headers to have replies go to the mailing list. There are various
628 reasons for this. For example, if a subscriber has a full mailbox, the
629 entire list receives notice of this every time that something is posted.
630
631 Most GUI based mailers have a "reply to all" function. This will ensure that
632 your reply goes to the mailing list as well as the original poster. Most
633 users of text based emailers already know the methods to use, but if you
634 don't, in Pine, there is a "reply to group" option. Setting Mutt to reply to
635 the list is covered in the unofficial documentation at
636 <uri link="http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=1085">forums.gentoo.org</uri>.
637
638 Some list members do not like this method, but it was very heavily
639 discussed when it went into effect, with arguments on both sides.
640 Eventually the list administrators decided to keep it this way. Discussing
641 it on the mailing list will sometimes bring a polite explanation and other
642 times a rather brusque comment to check the archives. Although the
643 administrators regret the inconvenience that it may cause some users, it is
644 felt that at present it is preferable to the alternative for several
645 reasons, many of these covered
646 <uri link="http://www.unicom.com/pw/reply-to-harmful.html">here</uri>.
647
648 (There are other eloquent arguments in favor of munging, and yes, the list
649 administrators have seen them.) </p>
650 </body>
651 </section>
652
653 <section>
654 <title>This FAQ hasn't answered my question. What do I do now?</title> 810<title>This FAQ hasn't answered my question. What do I do now?</title>
655 <body> 811<body>
656 <p>A good first step is to browse through the relevant doumentation <uri link="http://www.gentoo.org/index-docs.html">here</uri>, 812
657 failing that, the various Gentoo Linux mailing 813<p>
658 lists listed on <uri link="http://www.google.com">Google</uri>. To search through the Gentoo mailling lists, just enter "lists.gentoo.org foo" to search for "foo". If all else fails, or you just want 814A good first step is to browse through the relevant <uri
659 to hang out with Gentoo folks, visit us on irc: <i>#gentoo</i> 815link="/doc/en/index.xml">documentation</uri>, failing that, the various Gentoo
660 on <i>irc.freenode.net</i>. 816Linux mailing lists listed on <uri link="http://www.google.com">Google</uri>.
817To search through the Gentoo mailing lists, just enter "lists.gentoo.org foo" to
818search for "foo". If all else fails, or you just want to hang out with Gentoo
819folks, visit us on irc: <uri link="irc://irc.gentoo.org/gentoo">#gentoo</uri>.
661 </p> 820</p>
821
662 </body> 822</body>
663 </section> 823</section>
664</chapter> 824</chapter>
665</guide> 825</guide>

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