I have had two problems with Gentoo that make me shudder.
One, an update linked /bin/ls against a /usr/lib dynamic library. A real no-no. Boot partition commands should NEVER link outside the boot partition. This one caught me because I had added some debugging ls commands to a startup script.
The second problem was updating some library which removed the old version of the library (1.00) when installing the new 1.01 version. As a result, boot failed trying to mouont LVM volumes. I luckily was able to add a temporary symlink from the new lib to the old name, reboot, and update all commands which were still linked against the old version. I hate to think of the nightmare I would have had if the library change had introduced incompatible changes.
Both indicate, for want of a better word, amateurs in control. I switched to gentoo from slackware because I got a new Opteron system and wanted 64 bit Linux. I am going to try slamd64 one of these days; gentoo is nice in a lot of ways, but it has gotten to the point that I literally do not know if a reboot will succeed or I will have to break out the rescue disk again. That is a pretty sorry state of affairs.
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