Last night I set out to update my Gentoo system1 using emerge with the simple commands:
$ emerge sync
$ emerge world
This was to be a fairly major upgrade as I was going from Gnome 2.4 to 2.6 which wasn’t anything to be laughed at but onto of this I would be upgrading gcc as well. I once tryed to upgrade gcc on Red Hat Linux 8 which ended in a system that would not boot so I thought I might be in for a rather hands on upgrade process, however I was wrong.
I also once upgraded Gnome on my Red Hat Linux 9 using GARNOME which took ages and killed my laptop when it ran out of hard disk space, but that’s another story, it rendered my system basically useless as I upgraded diffent libraries from underneath the currently running gnome. However with this upgrade everything still worked, except for Evolution (I see now it’s Novel Evolution instead of Ximian Evolution) during it’s upgrade from 1.4.5 to 1.4.6. Other than that all went well some icons went missing after the upgrade to GTK but it still kept going.
In the end it was time to get some rest but it was still upgrading so I did a quick ctl-c to call up halt and then issued a:
$ emerge world && poweroff
Then went off to bed got up this morning started it up again and it just booted and Gnome started no problems what so ever ran a:
Merged like 17 files and that was it. It just worked. I am so happy I knew Gentoo was good but hey now I’m a real Gentoo addict. It might be alot harder to install than a Red Hat and source distrobution takes ages to compile but hey who cares? When updating is this easy who needs to ever re-install anyway It has made my very boring week not too bad.
Should be taking some screenshots sometime soon check back then to see my Gnome 2.6 in all of it’s glory.
1 I am running a stable x86 Gentoo system with a 2.6.5-gentoo-r1 kernel with a Gnome window manager.