James | 24 May 16:43 2016
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DNS testing

Hello,

So I've been manually (hap-hazardly) testing a variety of dns servers by
just listing them first in /etc/resolv.conf. There seems to be a bit of buzz
about
OpenDNS and some other  dns servers as to speed and security.

What (automated) tools do we have on gentoo to profile various dns
server for speed?   Security?  Anything else?

I find myself using CLI and various tools and then the data is
not collected over time and averages. Surely there is some automated
tools for this? I'd like to get more pro-active on dns testing. Maybe
something more robust in nagios? munin?

Maybe the easiest thing to get something going is to alter mirrorselect? [1]
From a workstation with promiscuous ethernet. Eventually, I'd like the code(s)
running on a transparent bridge, if anyone has that sort of configuration
that you'd be willing to share?

[1] https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Mirrorselect

curiously,
James

Philip Webb | 24 May 13:09 2016
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NumLock puzzle

I've noticed that the NumLock key goes off after 'startx'.
My window manager is Fluxbox & I don't see any mention there
nor does there seem to be any setting under  /etc/X11 .
I have added 'numlock' to the default runlevel, but that makes no difference.

Can anyone suggest what I'm missing ?

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Marcin Cieslak | 24 May 09:41 2016
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Updating pretty old system - portage fail, stage3 gcc also broken...

Hi,

I try to upgrade a pretty old Gentoo system and different
variants of "emerge -Dupv world" fail complaining, among
others, about EAPI 6.

So when I try to emerge portage I fail with:

Calculating dependencies  ... ... ......... ......... ..... ... done!
[ebuild  N     ] sys-apps/install-xattr-0.5 
[ebuild     U  ] app-arch/tar-1.27.1-r2 [1.26-r1] USE="acl%* xattr* (-selinux)" 
[ebuild  N     ] dev-python/packaging-15.3-r2  USE="{-test}" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_4
(-pypy) (-pypy3) -python3_3 (-python3_5)" 
[ebuild     U  ] dev-python/setuptools-18.4 [12.0.1] PYTHON_TARGETS="python3_4* -python3_3*
(-python3_5)" 
[ebuild  N     ] dev-python/certifi-2015.11.20  PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_4 (-pypy) (-pypy3)
-python3_3 (-python3_5)" 
[ebuild  N     ] dev-python/pyxattr-0.5.5  USE="-doc {-test}" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_4
(-pypy) -python3_3 (-python3_5)" 
[ebuild     U  ] sys-apps/portage-2.2.26 [2.2.14] USE="xattr*" PYTHON_TARGETS="python3_4* -python3_3*
(-python3_5)" 

!!! Multiple package instances within a single package slot have been pulled
!!! into the dependency graph, resulting in a slot conflict:

dev-python/setuptools:0

  (dev-python/setuptools-18.4:0/0::gentoo, ebuild scheduled for merge) pulled in by

dev-python/setuptools[python_targets_pypy(-)?,python_targets_pypy3(-)?,python_targets_python2_7(-)?,python_targets_python3_3(-)?,python_targets_python3_4(-)?,python_targets_python3_5(-)?,-python_single_target_pypy(-),-python_single_target_pypy3(-),-python_single_target_python2_7(-),-python_single_target_python3_3(-),-python_single_target_python3_4(-),-python_single_target_python3_5(-)]
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Thanasis | 23 May 09:33 2016

downloading remote eix data file

I have a script that runs daily as a cron job, which among others, has 
the following command in it, in order to update locally the (remote) eix 
database.

wget -N http://gpo.zugaina.org/eix_cache/eix-cache.tbz2

But the command fails, and it looks like the file eix-cache.tbz2, which 
is downloaded, is either empty or corrupt.

Any one else faced/facing the same problem?

covici | 22 May 09:58 2016

whats going on with duplicity?

Sorry for the duplicate messages, having some mail problems with my
provider.

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covici | 22 May 09:47 2016

what goes on with duplicity?

Hi.  I  have been using (on advise from someone here),
app-backup/duplicity from the rinaldus overlay, but in the latest update
which I have postponed, gentoo has updated to the same version as the
overlay, but has chosen to have a mandatory use flag of -azure which
would cause my backups not to work, as I am updating to azure storage.
How can I prevent this from happening?  The versions are the same, so is
there a way to mask this off?

Note that I had to patch the back end for azure with something to fix a
typo, so I wonder if this has something to do with the  problem?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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covici | 22 May 08:52 2016

what goes on with duplicity?

Hi.  I  have been using (on advise from someone here),
app-backup/duplicity from the rinaldus overlay, but in the latest update
which I have postponed, gentoo has updated to the same version as the
overlay, but has chosen to have a mandatory use flag of -azure which
would cause my backups not to work, as I am updating to azure storage.
How can I prevent this from happening?  The versions are the same, so is
there a way to mask this off?

Note that I had to patch the back end for azure with something to fix a
typo, so I wonder if this has something to do with the  problem?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Mick | 21 May 17:11 2016
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apache-2.4.20 update doesn't like includes directive

I've updated apache to 2.4.20 and it now refuses to accept the httpd.conf.  In 
particular it says:
===================
# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
 * Caching service dependencies ...                                                                                                                                                     
[ ok ]
 * apache2 has detected an error in your setup:
apache2: Syntax error on line 153 of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf: Syntax error on 
line 7 of /etc/apache2/modules.d/70_mod_php.conf: Syntax error on line 2 of 
/var/lib/eselect-php/mod_php.conf: Cannot load modules/mod_php.so into server: 
/usr/lib/apache2/modules/mod_php.so: undefined symbol: unixd_config
 * ERROR: apache2 failed to stop
================================

Taking these one at a time:

Syntax error on line 153 of /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
===================================================
Line 153 of my /etc/apache2/httpd.conf has:

Include /etc/apache2/modules.d/*.conf

Should this be any different?

The /etc/apache2/modules.d/ directory contains:

# ls -la /etc/apache2/modules.d/
total 112
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 21 14:36 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 May 21 14:36 ..
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waltdnes | 21 May 04:36 2016

postgresql 9.5.2 versus Gentoo wiki install instructions?

  Yes, I did RTFM at https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/PostgreSQL/QuickStart
and that's part of my problem. <G>  I figured it would be a simple
search and replace "9.3" ==> "9.5" in the wiki, but...

1) The wiki recommends...
PG_INITDB_OPTS="--locale=en_US.UTF-8"

...but I get...

> The database cluster will be initialized with locale "en_US.iso88591".
> initdb: "en_US.UTF8" is not a valid server encoding name

"locale -a" returns...
C
POSIX
en_US
en_US.iso88591
en_US.utf8

2) The wiki says...
> This time the focus is upon the files in the PGDATA directory,
> /etc/postgresql-9.3 , instead with primary focus on the
> postgresql.conf and pg_hba.conf files.

"ls /etc/postgresql-9.5/" returns...
postgresql.conf  psqlrc

but postgresql seems to want them in /var/lib instead...

> mv: cannot stat '/var/lib/postgresql/9.5/data/pg_hba.conf': No such
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walt | 21 May 01:33 2016
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Surviving perl-5.24.0

I spent most of today updating from perl-5.22 to perl-5.24 because so
many packages failed to install.  I ran perl-cleaner about a hundred
times and tried emerge -ac in between, which always failed because it
falsely accused me of not doing emerge -auND.

Finally I got through the perl update and noticed a message saying
'emerge -auND --with-bdeps=y is the ultimate way to update...' so I
added the '--with-bdeps=y' and another twenty perl-related packages got
rebuilt after I thought I was done.

Now I'm really done, I think, but I'm afraid to reboot this machine.

TheXzoron | 19 May 22:47 2016
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In Any Build of Firefox I Make it Uses a Poor Method of Downscaling

This a repost from the forums in an attempt to hopefully reach someone
who only reads one medium regularly
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7921188.html
but I still haven't managed to find the reason why my build chooses to
use a bad downscaling method.


Gmane