Package management in Gentoo Linux
Posted Jul 8, 2007 20:29 UTC (Sun) by dirtyepic
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3. Transactional upgrades. If you want to upgrade a slew of software,
merge all the files into a temporary holding directory and wait until all
packages and their dependencies have successfully compiled before
updating the live system. Having to chase down build failures in the
middle of an "emerge", when your system is currently in a broken state,
Interesting idea, but I'm not sure how that would work or why introducing massive changes to the system all at once rather than incrementally would help anything. Would you link to the system libraries or to the ones you've just built in the holding area? What happens when those libraries are suddenly relocated or overwritten?
The best way to handle updating is one package at a time. If something breaks, then you only have to deal with that package. Blindly running emerge world is usually what gets people into trouble in the first place.
4. A better etc-update. The one that is included should be taken out back and shot :P
I don't honestly know why it's still around and the default. dispatch-conf forever.
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