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Friday, February 18th, 2011
8:54 am
Owner Election
Hello all. You've probably received an e-mail about an owner election for this community. Here is my manifesto. ;) I don't post on LJ much anymore but I do still check it regularly and I'm still a very active Gentoo user. I am considering becoming an official developer once the Portage migration to git happens. I would therefore be happy to take responsibility for this community. Thank you.
Thursday, July 15th, 2010
10:03 pm
clean emerge list
When I run, say, emerge -vp system, here's a snippet of the output:

[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/net-tools-1.60_p20090728014017-r1 [1.60_p20071202044231-r1] USE="nls -static" 195 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-apps/gawk-3.1.6 [3.1.5-r5] USE="nls" 1,818 kB
[ebuild   R   ] app-arch/tar-1.23-r2  USE="nls -static" 0 kB
[ebuild   R   ] sys-devel/make-3.81  USE="nls -static" 1,125 kB
[ebuild   R   ] sys-apps/diffutils-2.8.7-r2  USE="nls -static" 1,038 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-devel/autoconf-2.65 [2.63] USE="-emacs" 1,302 kB
[ebuild   R   ] virtual/editor-0  0 kB
[ebuild   R   ] sys-devel/automake-1.11.1  0 kB
[ebuild     U ] sys-devel/binutils-2.20.1-r1 [2.18-r1] USE="nls -multislot -multitarget -test -vanilla" 17,106 kB
[ebuild   R   ] sys-apps/man-1.6f-r3  USE="nls -lzma" 0 kB
[ebuild   R   ] sys-devel/libtool-2.2.6b  USE="-test -vanilla" 0 kB

For some reason, it lists a bunch of packages to reinstall. If I do reinstall it, it stays in the list. Any ideas? This is pretty annoying.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
12:23 pm
Keepin' that Gentoo love-hate alive
Did a DirectFb update yesterday, with a highly keyworded/unmasked system, and it turned out that anything involved with gtk+ was tits-up because the libdirectfb-0.9.2.so was gone.
So I had the fun of repeatedly trying startx (a total of three times) and putting symlinks in /usr/lib to forward to the new version.
Everything is easy when you know how to do it, but that seems like a fairly avoidable PITA. If I was a greener FNG, I'd have been stymied.
So I gripe aloud: is there a cleaner way of knowing when a new library version is going to punk me, or is this just cost-of-doing-business?
That is all.
Monday, November 24th, 2008
4:22 pm
RUSSIAN HDL LINUX COMUNNITY: http://community.livejournal.com/ru_hdl_linux/
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
11:46 am
Changes in Gentoo over the past 4 years...
Hey folks,

About 4 years ago, I ran Gentoo for about a year (initial install was 2004.0). I ended up moving away from it because:

(1) Compiling things from source takes forever
(2) Every week or so (or when I saw a security notice come out), I would run emerge -uDv world, and would spend 4 hours merging config files.

Eventually, I moved away from Gentoo because of this maintenance burden. However, some friends of mine have recently been poking it and have said that this has gotten a lot better.

Now, (1) I can see getting better, since laptops are now more powerful than desktops of 4 years ago, but have they really fixed (2)? If so, how? The simple solution is to include an unmaintained file which handles local config, but not all applications support this.

Thanks in advance.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
3:45 pm
I have a SE m600i, and can't seem to charge it via USB. I havn't evern tried
to sync it yet, or access the memory card. dmesg shows that it can see
something being plugged/unplugged, but its not providing power or even
trying to see what it is. USB mass storage, SCSI disk etc support are all
in I just dont get why its being so annoying.
Any Ideas?

Actually I was totally wrong, dmesg was showing me unplugging the mouse *blush*. The phone isnt recognised at all

I figured it out, and its a weird one!
If I plug the cable into the PC, then the phone ... No worky
If I plug the cable into the phone, then the pc ... Worky
Thursday, September 6th, 2007
11:56 pm
Tri Monitor Setup
I've been at this for a few days and for the life of me I can not get it to work. I want to set up three monitors. The hardware I have is:

1 GeForce 6800 PCI-E (VGA+DVI)
1 GeForce MX440 PCI (VGA)

I've searched google and found mostly Dual-Config setups. I thought that by adding another card would be as easy as adding a secreen, monitor, and device section then modifying the ServerLayout section. The only thing that works is the dual display for my 6800. I can also get one of the heads to display on my 6800 and the mx440. But I can't get all the heads to display at once.

Here is the output from when I start X:

XOrg outputCollapse )

From what I see is that X doesn't seem to be able to associate PCI:1:6:0 to the mx440 card.

Here is the lspci output:

lspciCollapse )

Finally here is my xorg.conf file:

xorg.confCollapse )

From what little I've seen posted, in theory, this config file SHOULD work, but still the monitor that is connected to the mx440 card is still blank.

What could I be missing?
Thursday, July 5th, 2007
1:55 am
Feed the Penguin
Wake up!  :)  I don't really have a Gentoo specific question but I hope to find a geeky solution and this community shouldn't fall asleep.

What I'm trying to do is setup Google's Reader to feed from all my LJ friends.  This was very simple to do for Facebook friends -- syndicate link; *poof* it works -- but it seems LJ barfs at the idea.  From what I've read on the FAQ's, I have to pay for a membership here OR subscribe to each and every friend's feed manually!  UGH. 

Anyone know of another solution?  The most specific FAQ  about this was written Dec. '06 so I'm hoping someone found a work-around during the past six months ...
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
1:09 pm
According to wikipedia, dvd=ram works more or less the same as a hard drive, and linux supports the drives rather well. So if the dvd-ram can be written to and read from in the same manor as a normal hard disk, whats stopping me from having a bootable dvd-ram to run linix from without farting about with dual booting and/or memory sticks or shared partitions for the normal live-cd's?

I get that its alot slower, but surely for light use, ie. not playing WoW in cedega whilst rendering that 1440x900 image of a 32k poly stargate you made, dvd-ram would be alright?
Friday, March 30th, 2007
5:56 am
Kernel config and SATA woes
When I boot from the LiveCD 2006.1, I see that it loads modules libata, ata_piix, and sata_mv.
I can certainly mount my desired / partition and chroot to it at will.
However, I cannot use genkernel to create a bootable system. I'm getting errors that suggest I haven't got the right hardware drivers to mount /.
My basic question: is there any place that shows clearly a mapping between all kernel modules and the kernel configuration parameters? One could become passionate about the easter-egg hunt here...
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
3:59 pm
This is my first Gentoo install, so there's a good chance I've done something wrong at any step along the way...

Every time I try to emerge some things, it spits out a huge circular dependencies error, most everything depending on xorg-server. The full error is here, from when I tried to install xorg-x11: http://nwatson.org/stuff/emerge-xorg-x11

emerge --info at http://nwatson.org/stuff/emerge-info

Any ideas?
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
2:18 pm
new laptops?
I'm looking to buy a new laptop. Since I'll only be using it for Gentoo, I don't really want to shell out $$$ for Windows and other pre-installed crud. Does anyone know of a good source for high-quality empty laptops?

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
11:47 am
Possible LVM issue or hardware failure.
Hi all. I had an oops last night while running a pvmove from an old harddrive to a newer one.
Some of the gory detailsCollapse )

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
11:29 pm
a compiling environment q
It can take forever waiting for an answer on the forum.. and this seems to be rather newbish question, pretty misterious though, as they always are.

Now, my system is quite weird when it comes to xFLAGS, and sometimes I just want to ease'em a bit; or two;) I even have a bunch of aliases for different CFLAGS/LDFLAGS combinations )))) like "easy", "safe", "safest" etc. :))

I'm experiencing some troubles with Superkaramba apps complaining I don't have PyQt. Whereas I do, of course. Some forum browsing put me into an attempt to recompile PyQt while omitting -fvisibility-inlines-hidden and -fvisibility=hidden from CXXFLAGS. BUT. Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
8:47 pm
2 Problems
I'm having a couple of problems regarding Gentoo, which I'm hoping that somebody could help me with.

1. Regards the new version of openSSH (and probably openSSL) (specifically, openssh-4.4_p1-r6 and openssl-0.9.8d). When I updated my system, I was no longer able to ssh. I would type ssh me@system, it would ask me for my password (and would seemingly log in), and then hang before I could get a prompt. Intersetingly enough, scp worked fine. I unmerged openssh and merged ssh, and that fixed the problem - I'm now able to ssh into the system I want to. However, using thunderbird to connect to the system using SSL also won't work (it used to before I did the update). Is there a known problem with SSL (or SSH), or is there some config options I don't know about?

2. Has anybody here used v4l2 devices? I was trying to set up a USB webcam (Microdix Sweex 0c45:6005) which uses the sn9c102 driver. I have the driver built into the kernel (Linux samlaptop 2.6.18-gentoo-r2) and when I plug in the camera, running dmesg correctly identifies it. Running xawtv -hwscan also recognizes the device, but as soon as I try to capture from it, I get a stream of errors (and certainly no picture).

Thanks for your help.
Monday, November 13th, 2006
1:38 pm
php не интерпретируется
Настраиваю сервер Apache под Gentoo Linux. Поставил вручную php (emerge не сработало). На сервере команды типа php [file] выполняются, а вот в браузере нет.
Пытался прописывать AddType и Action, тогда говорит, что
The requested URL /usr/local/bin/php/index.php was not found on this server.

Интерпретатор здесь /usr/local/bin/php
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
9:43 pm
ZD-1211 problems
Hey community, this is a problem I've been having on and off for the last month or 2 concerning the zd1211 driver.

Basically it's flooding dmesg and causing my whole system to hang. It hangs at such weird intervals that it could happen in the middle of a keydown/keyup...causing my computer to think the key is still down until the zd1211 driver gives control back, it seems. I don't really know how the kernel works, so that's my best guess. I would really like to be able to type long sentences again without it hanging. Happeningly, it hasn't happened once while typing this, but happens a lot while I'm using quanta/anything KDE-based. It does happen in non-kde though, before anybody jumps on the "it's kde's fault" bandwagen.

partial dmesg outputCollapse )

I've googled and googled for what the hell it means, and the best I can come up with is that BCN means beacon :P

I'm running the dongle in Master mode to provide my apartment with sweet, sweet wireless, but if this can't be resolved I'll have to get a stupid router or something.

Can anybody help me to make this go away?

Thanks in advance

(x-posted to gentoolinux)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
7:55 am
Unstable audio in flash.
Does anybody know how to fix problem with audio in firefox/flash ?
Sound in flash appears very seldom. I suppose that this is because
the libflashplayer.so uses OSS to operate with sound, and OSS works
with sound device in exclusive manner. So, if any other process uses
sound device - flash cann't play sound. Am I right? Is it possible
to cope with this?
Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
11:21 pm
qt-4.1.4 emerge fails..
I tried many times to search the forum.. emerge fails with the this message:Read more...Collapse )
Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
4:12 am
Finally compiled and booted the latest -mm
...patchset, in my sluggish quest to try my hand at kernel development.
Didn't make it past a console boot, though: the emerge of nvidia-drivers actually worked, except the part where the insmod was supposed to happen.
When purging one's penguin of binary blobs, what is the preferred video driver advice?
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