Alexander Kapshuk | 16 Sep 17:51 2014

emerge output: [ebuild UD ]

Recently, I updated xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager to version 1.3.1,
which is unstable, in order to prevent lvm2 from being pulled in as a

grep xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager /etc/portage/package.*
/etc/portage/package.accept_keywords:=xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager-1.3.1 ~x86

As I ran 'emerge -avuND  <at> world' today, I got this output:
These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies  ..... . .. ..... done!
[ebuild  N     ] sys-apps/sg3_utils-1.37  USE="-static-libs" 0 kB
[ebuild  N     ] sys-apps/rescan-scsi-bus-1.29  0 kB
[ebuild  N     ] sys-block/thin-provisioning-tools-0.3.2-r1  USE="{-test}" 0 kB
[ebuild  N     ] sys-fs/lvm2-2.02.109  USE="readline thin udev (-clvm)
(-cman) -device-mapper-only -lvm1 -lvm2create_initrd (-selinux)
-static -static-libs -systemd" 0 kB
[ebuild  NS    ] sys-fs/udisks-1.0.5-r1:0 [2.1.3:2] USE="nls -debug
-remote-access (-selinux)" 0 kB
[ebuild     UD ] xfce-extra/xfce4-power-manager-1.3.0 [1.3.1]
USE="policykit udisks%* -debug -networkmanager -systemd (-lxpanel%)"
XFCE_PLUGINS="brightness -battery" 0 kB

Total: 6 packages (1 downgrade, 4 new, 1 in new slot), Size of downloads: 0 kB

emerge trying to downgrade a package, Is that a bug or feature? This
is the first time I've encountered it. I googled it as well, but so
far found nothing relevant.

The list's input would be appreciated.
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Joseph | 16 Sep 06:29 2014


After recent emerge I get few blockers, that I don't know what to do with it
My box has not been updated for 3-months :-/

* Error messages for package dev-perl/glib-perl-1.301.0:

 * ERROR: dev-perl/glib-perl-1.301.0::gentoo failed (configure phase):
 *   Unable to build!
 * Call stack:
 *, line   93:  Called src_configure
 *   environment, line 2371:  Called perl-module_src_configure
 *   environment, line 1979:  Called perl-module_src_prep
 *   environment, line 2051:  Called die
 * The specific snippet of code:
 *               perl Makefile.PL "$ <at> " <<< "${pm_echovar}" || die
"Unable to build!";
 * If you need support, post the output of `emerge --info
 * the complete build log and the output of `emerge -pqv
 * The complete build log is located at
 * For convenience, a symlink to the build log is located at
 * The ebuild environment file is located at
 * Working directory:
 * S: '/var/tmp/portage/dev-perl/glib-perl-1.301.0/work/Glib-1.301'
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Nilesh Govindrajan | 16 Sep 05:14 2014

[OT] installing sabayon from stage3 gentoo

I'm trying to install sabayon from gentoo amd64 stage3 as per

but for some reason equo rescue generate hangs on futex(0x88e650,

Why does this happen? Some search directed me toward insufficient
entropy, but /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail shows me ~1000

Bill Kenworthy | 16 Sep 01:41 2014

gentoo based live usb key

What is a good gentoo based live usb key to use as a seed for custom
use? - start from the install one?

I've always created one from one of my running systems but they are
currently too targeted to hardware to make that easy.  A combination of
office apps (libreoffice) and networking tools will need to be added.


James | 15 Sep 20:12 2014

FhGFS or BeeGFS on Gentoo?


Any "brave souls" put FhGFS on a gentoo system? [1]  It's a distributed File
System and some run it on top of ZFS or EXT4 or BTRFS, with
very positive results. It is in the process of going "open source"
from what I've read about.  It is suppose to be wonderful when
compared to Gluster, HDFS or any other "distributed" file system,
as I've heard from several sources.

There's even a guide on skipping the partitioning of the devices
and putting the file system directly "on the device"; even SSD
and such. [2] 




Joseph | 15 Sep 16:48 2014

ERROR: postgresql - exceeded maxAllocatedDescs "/usr/share/zoneinfo"

After upgrade when I try to start postgresql-9.1 I get an error:

* Starting PostgreSQL ...
 * start-stop-daemon: did not create a valid pid in `/var/lib/postgresql/9.1/data/'
 * Check the log for a possible explanation of the above error.
 *     /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/data/postmaster.log                                                                                                                 [ !! ]
 * ERROR: postgresql-9.1 failed to start

tail /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/data/postmaster.log
LOG:  database system is shut down
FATAL:  exceeded maxAllocatedDescs (16) while trying to open directory "/usr/share/zoneinfo"
FATAL:  exceeded maxAllocatedDescs (16) while trying to open directory "/usr/share/zoneinfo"



James | 15 Sep 00:21 2014

OT: old farts slum_code enforcement

> Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon <at>> writes:

> You are a C man.
> Working with bash must be .... excruciatingly painful 

Ah yes, State machine design; not much fittering around with
escaping silly little symbols.....

sh/csh/bash/scripting is not bad.  I just 'lift' the tough stuff
from others mostly. With some codes, like Java, you read
and follow 90%, then there is another code to find and read.
It never ends, on and on and on....  Then instead of one choice
you have 3 or 4 choices....... Maven is a whole nutter beast.... 
Why it is becoming so important is still a wee bit confusing to me.

I'm just not use to that sort of world. In embedded, you
over design before you begin coding. You do not have megabytes
of lib stuff to find and read and test  the dozens of variants.

I like to code. It's debugging the stuff that drives me crazy(er?).....
These kids have no respect for us old farts. I remember when
"numerical recipies in C" [2] was the stuff. Now it's C++ or Java. [3]
I have a book on my shelf (where it belongs) on "Concurrency  State
Moels & Java" by Magee and Kramer, 1999 - Wiley. What a hoot!

I'm still looking for "Numerical recipies in Bash" ?
Ju gonna code that up?

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James | 14 Sep 21:31 2014



Anyone given it a whirl yet, running on btrfs?

The download is currently crawling, but that could
easily be my local ISP......

Any other cools things, besides lxqt anyone wants to mention
would be cool....


Henrique Lengler | 14 Sep 17:47 2014

Update a portage package


There is a package on portage that have a bug, the package is officially
hosted on github, so the software author fixed the bug and committed to 
git without mark as a new version of the software.

How can I make gentoo include this software with this bugfix?


Henrique Lengler

Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
	Wanna talk with me? Ask me for my TOX ID.

Joseph | 14 Sep 17:46 2014

xscreensaver - error missing "bc"

I get a strange error when trying to emerge xscreensaver"

checking for bc... no

configure: error: Your system doesn't have "bc", which has been a standard
                  part of Unix since the 1970s.  Come back when your vendor
                  has grown a clue.

What is "bc"?



Gevisz | 14 Sep 09:24 2014

unix2dos blocks dos2unix

I have just installed unix2dos utility
(never had a need to use it before) and
just after that tried to install dos2unix
but the installation of dos2unix failed
complaining on the fact that

"app-text/unix2dos" is blocking app-text/dos2unix-6.0.5

I find it very strange as I think that if someone
needs unix2dos utility he usually also needs dos2unix
utility, especially taking into account that unix2dos
by default overwrites its input file.

This is the output from the emerge command:

# emerge --ask dos2unix

These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies... done!
[ebuild  N     ] app-text/dos2unix-6.0.5  USE="nls -debug" 
[blocks B      ] app-text/unix2dos ("app-text/unix2dos" is blocking
[blocks B      ] >=app-text/dos2unix-5 (">=app-text/dos2unix-5" is
blocking app-text/unix2dos-2.2-r1)

 * Error: The above package list contains packages which cannot be
 * installed at the same time on the same system.

  (app-text/dos2unix-6.0.5::gentoo, ebuild scheduled for merge) pulled
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