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Portage rsync hardlink support - 11/07/2018 00:00 GMT

For users of the rsync tree, beginning with sys-apps/portage-2.3.42,
the default behavior for sync operations will use hardlinks in order
to ensure that a repository remains in a valid state if something
goes wrong [1]. For example, if signature verification fails during a
sync operation, the new hardlink behavior will preserve the previous
state of the repository.

The new behavior may conflict with configurations that restrict the
use of hardlinks, such as overlay filesystems. Therefore, users will
have to set "sync-allow-hardlinks = no" in repos.conf if they have
a configuration that restricts the use of hardlinks, but this should
not be very common:

sync-allow-hardlinks = no

Note that it is possible to sync more efficiently using git [2]
instead of rsync, though git consumes an increasing amount of disk
space over time unless shallow pull is enabled via the sync-depth
option in repos.conf [3] (requires sys-apps/portage-2.3.42 or later).

[1] sys-apps/portage: use rsync
    --link-dest to implement atomic repository updates (and abort if
    signature verification fails)
[3] sys-apps/portage: support shallow
    git pull by setting sync-depth = 1 in repos.conf

Posted By: Zac Medico

Python 3.6 to become the default target - 22/05/2018 00:00 GMT

On 2018-06-22, Python 3.6 will replace Python 3.5 in the default Python
targets for Gentoo systems.  The new default targets will be:

    PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_6"

If you have not overriden the value of those variables on your system,
then your package manager will want to use the new targets immediately.
In order to prevent dependency conflicts, please clean stray packages
and rebuild/upgrade all packages with USE flag changes after the change,

    emerge --depclean
    emerge -1vUD @world
    emerge --depclean

Please note that upgrading dependencies in place may cause some
of the package dependencies to be temporarily missing.  While this
should not affect scripts that are already fully loaded, it may cause
ImportErrors while starting Python scripts or loading additional
modules (only scripts running Python 3.5 are affected).

In order to improve stability of the upgrade, you may choose to
temporarily enable both targets, i.e. set in /etc/portage/make.conf
or its equivalent:

    PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_5 python3_6"

This will cause the dependencies to include both Python 3.5 and 3.6
support on the next system upgrade.  Once all packages are updated,
you can restart your scripts, remove the custom setting and run another
upgrade to remove support for Python 3.5.

If you would like to postpone the switch to Python 3.6, you can copy
the current value of PYTHON_TARGETS and/or PYTHON_SINGLE_TARGET
to /etc/portage/make.conf or its equivalent:

    PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 python3_5"

If you would like to migrate your systems earlier, you can do the same
with the new value.

If you are still using Python 3.4, please consider switching to a newer
version as it is reaching its end-of-life.  The end-of-life dates
for the currently used versions are:

  Python 3.4        2019-03-16
  Python 2.7        2020-01-01
  Python 3.5        2020-09-13 [1]


Posted By: Michał Górny

Radicale 2 requires pre-install migration - 02/04/2018 00:00 GMT

Radicale version 2 uses a new storage format and is not able to read
databases created by version 1. Version 1 releases starting from 1.1.3
include a --export-storage option which can be used to export their
databases in a format that Radicale 2 can use; you must do this before
upgrading to version 2.

If you have kept the Gentoo-default database configuration, this will
1. Stop any running instance of Radicale.
2. Run `radicale --export-storage ~/radicale-exported`.
3. Run `chown -R radicale: ~/radicale-exported`
4. Run `mv /var/lib/radicale /var/lib/radicale.old`.
5. Install Radicale version 2.
6. Run `mv ~/radicale-exported /var/lib/radicale/collections`.

For more details, or if you are have a more complex configuration,
please see the migration guide:
If you do a custom migration, please ensure the database is cleaned out
of /var/lib/radicale, including the hidden .props file.

Posted By: Christopher Head

Portage rsync tree verification unstable - 13/03/2018 00:00 GMT

Portage rsync tree verification is being temporarily turned off by
default, starting with sys-apps/portage-2.3.24. This permits
stabilization of sys-apps/portage-2.3.24 while still working on bugs
relating to tree verification [1]: deadlocks [2] & key fetching [3].

If users wish to enable the 'rsync-verify' USE flag for sys-apps/portage,
they need to follow these steps:

1) In order to unmask the 'rsync-verify' USE flag, create a file named
/etc/portage/profile/package.use.mask containing a line like the

    sys-apps/portage -rsync-verify

2) Once the 'rsync-verify' USE flag has been unmasked as described
in step 1, it can be enabled with a line like the following in

    sys-apps/portage rsync-verify

3) After the configuration changes in steps 1 and 2 have been made, run
the following command:

    emerge --oneshot --newuse '>=sys-apps/portage-2.3.24'

After all above steps are successfully completed, a line like the
following should appear in the emerge --info output for the gentoo

    sync-rsync-verify-metamanifest: yes

If you wish to disable it for some reason, you can set
'sync-rsync-verify-metamanifest = no' in your repos.conf.

[1] sys-apps/portage: [TRACKER] issues
    related to 'rsync-verify' USE flag
[2] app-portage/gemato-11.2: deadlock?
[3] sys-apps/portage: gpg key refresh
    needs exponential backoff with jitter

Posted By: Zac Medico

Portage rsync tree verification - 30/01/2018 00:00 GMT

Starting with sys-apps/portage-2.3.21, Portage will verify the Gentoo
repository after rsync by default.

The new verification is intended for users who are syncing via rsync.
Users syncing via git or other methods are not affected, and complete
verification for them will be provided in the future.

The verification is implemented via app-portage/gemato. Currently,
the whole repository is verified after syncing. On systems with slow
hard drives, this could take around 2 minutes. If you wish to disable
it, you can disable the 'rsync-verify' USE flag on sys-apps/portage
or set 'sync-rsync-verify-metamanifest = no' in your repos.conf.

Please note that the verification currently does not prevent Portage
from using the repository after syncing. If 'emerge --sync' fails,
do not install any packages and retry syncing. In case of prolonged
or frequent verification failures, please make sure to report a bug
including the failing mirror addresses (found in emerge.log).

The verification uses information from the binary keyring provided
by the app-crypt/gentoo-keys package. The keys are refreshed
from the keyserver before every use in order to check for revocation.
The post-sync verification ensures that the authenticity of the key
package itself is verified. However, manual verification is required
before the first use.

On Gentoo installations created using installation media that included
portage-2.3.22, the keys will already be covered by the installation
media signatures. On existing installations, you need to manually
compare the primary key fingerprint (reported by gemato on every sync)
against the official Gentoo keys [1]. An example gemato output is:

  INFO:root:Valid OpenPGP signature found:
  INFO:root:- primary key: 1234567890ABCDEF1234567890ABCDEF12345678
  INFO:root:- subkey: FEDCBA0987654321FEDCBA0987654321FEDCBA09

Please note that the above snippet does not include the real key id
on purpose. The primary key actually printed by gemato must match
the 'Gentoo Portage Snapshot Signing Key' on the website. Please make
sure to also check the certificate used for the secure connection
to the site!


Posted By: Michał Górny

systemd sysv-utils blocker resolution - 23/01/2018 00:00 GMT

Starting with systemd-236, the sysv-utils USE flag is enabled by

The sysv-utils USE flag controls installation of symlinks for several
key commands:

    /sbin/halt -> ../bin/systemctl
    /sbin/init -> ../lib/systemd/systemd
    /sbin/reboot -> ../bin/systemctl
    /sbin/poweroff -> ../bin/systemctl
    /sbin/runlevel -> ../bin/systemctl
    /sbin/shutdown -> ../bin/systemctl
    /sbin/telinit -> ../bin/systemctl

These commands are otherwise provided by sys-apps/sysvinit. This package
is blocked by systemd when the sysv-utils USE flag is enabled.

Enabling sysv-utils should cause Portage to un-merge sysvinit and OpenRC
if they are currently installed. emerge may emit a warning message
before doing so; if you are booting with systemd, this message is safe
to ignore.

If you wish to keep sysvinit (and openrc) installed, you may disable the
sysv-utils USE flag locally.

If you run into unresolvable blockers with sysv-utils enabled, ensure
that you do not have any reverse dependencies of sys-apps/sysvinit
selected (in your world file).

Common packages to look for:


The equery command from gentoolkit may help track down installed
packages that depend on openrc.

    equery depends sys-apps/openrc

Posted By: Mike Gilbert

GnuCash 2.7+ Breaking Change - 14/01/2018 00:00 GMT

Along with changes to use modern libraries, GnuCash 2.7+ has changed the
schema [1] it uses for both databases and files. GnuCash will
automatically modify the file or database in place upon open.

Therefore, it is imperative that you back up any files or databases
before using GnuCash 2.7 in case you run into an issue and want or need
to revert back to 2.6.

Close any open session of GnuCash including remote sessions, then
follow the relevant backup instructions as follows:

For XML (plain files):
$ cp /path/to/file.gnucash /path/to/file.gnucash.bak

For MySQL:
$ mysqldump gnucash_db | xz > gnucash-2.6.sql.xz

For PostgreSQL:
$ pg_dump -U gnucash_user -Z 5 gnucash_db > gnucash-2.6.sql.gz

For SQLite:
$ cp /path/to/sqlite.file.gnucash /path/to/sqlite.file.gnucash.bak


Posted By: Aaron W. Swenson

Experimental amd64 17.1 profiles up for testing - 26/12/2017 00:00 GMT

A new set of 17.1 amd64 profiles has been added to the Gentoo
repository. Those profiles switch to a more standard 'no SYMLINK_LIB'
multilib layout, and require explicit migration as described below. They
are considered experimental at the moment, and have a fair risk
of breaking your system. We would therefore like to ask our users to
test them on their non-production ~amd64 systems.

In those profiles, the lib->lib64 compatibility symlink is removed.
The 'lib' directory becomes a separate directory, that is used
for cross-arch and native non-library packages (gcc, clang) and 32-bit
libraries on the multilib profile (for better compatibility with
prebuilt x86 packages).

Migration from both 13.0 and 17.0 profiles is supported. In case
of the former, please read the news item for 17.0 upgrade first
and enable gcc 6.4.0 or newer first as explained there.

The migration is performed using app-portage/unsymlink-lib tool.
The following steps can be used to upgrade your system:

1. Sync and upgrade your system to the newest package versions
   to reduce the risk of issues.

2. Install the tool, e.g. via 'emerge -1v app-portage/unsymlink-lib'

3. Run 'unsymlink-lib --analyze' and check the output for obvious
   mistakes. If you need to perform any changes to the system, remember
   to run 'unsymlink-lib --analyze' again afterwards.

[past this point do not call emerge or modify /usr manually]

4. This is a very good time to make a backup.

5. Run 'unsymlink-lib --migrate'. You can add '--pretend' first to see
   what is going to happen.

6. Reboot your system and see if it still boots. Check if important
   programs work. In particular, check if e.g. 'emerge --info' works
   (but do not install anything). If you hit any serious problems,
   you can use 'unsymlink-lib --rollback' to revert the changes
   and return to step 3.

7. Run 'unsymlink-lib --finish'. You can add '--pretend' first to see
   what is going to happen but note that you're going to see a very long
   list of files to remove.

8. Switch the profile, e.g.:

     eselect profile set --force default/linux/amd64/17.1/desktop

[at this point you can start using emerge again]

9. Rebuild sys-devel/gcc. If you are switching from 13.0 profiles,
   rebuild sys-devel/binutils and sys-libs/glibc afterwards.

10. If you are using a multilib profile, rebuild all 32-bit packages.
    This can be done using:

      emerge -1v /lib32 /usr/lib32

    Alternatively, if you are switching from one of the 13.0 profiles
    you can rebuild all packages as detailed in the 17.0 news item.

11. Once the last 32-bit package is rebuilt, your package manager
    should remove the orphaned /lib32 and /usr/lib32 symlinks. If that
    does not happen, remove them manually.

For known issues, please see bug #506276 [1]. If you have any problems
with the new profiles or the migration procedure, please report a bug
and make it block the tracker.

For more information on the layout, please see the wiki article
on AMD64 multilib layouts [2].


Posted By: Michał Górny

New 17.0 profiles in the Gentoo repository - 30/11/2017 00:00 GMT

We have just added (for all arches except arm and mips, these follow
later) a new set of profiles with release version 17.0 to the Gentoo 
repository. These bring three changes:
1) The default C++ language version for applications is now C++14.
   This change is mostly relevant to Gentoo developers. It also
   means, however, that compilers earlier than GCC 6 are masked 
   and not supported for use as a system compiler anymore. Feel 
   free to unmask them if you need them for specific applications.
2) Where supported, GCC will now build position-independent
   executables (PIE) by default. This improves the overall
   security fingerprint. The switch from non-PIE to PIE binaries,
   however, requires some steps by users, as detailed below.
3) Up to now, hardened profiles were separate from the default
   profile tree. Now they are moving into the 17.0 profile
   as a feature there, similar to "no-multilib" and "systemd".

Please migrate away from the 13.0 profiles within the six weeks after
GCC 6.4.0 has been stabilized on your architecture. The 13.0 profiles
will be deprecated then and removed in half a year.

If you are not already running a hardened setup with PIE enabled, then
switching the profile involves the following steps: 
If not already done,
* Use gcc-config to select gcc-6.4.0 or later as system compiler
* Re-source /etc/profile:
    . /etc/profile
* Re-emerge libtool
    emerge -1 sys-devel/libtool
* Select the new profile with eselect
* Re-emerge, in this sequence, gcc, binutils, and glibc
    emerge -1 sys-devel/gcc:6.4.0
    emerge -1 sys-devel/binutils
    emerge -1 sys-libs/glibc
* Rebuild your entire system
    emerge -e @world

Switching the profile from 13.0 to 17.0 modifies the settings of 
GCC 6 to generate PIE executables by default; thus, you need to do 
the rebuilds even if you have already used GCC 6 beforehand.
If you do not follow these steps you may get spurious build
failures when the linker tries unsuccessfully to combine non-PIE
and PIE code.

Posted By: Andreas K. Hüttel

No stable KEYWORDS for Gentoo Games - 22/11/2017 00:00 GMT

As the Games team does not have enough manpower to keep tabs on all
games packages, we have dropped all ebuilds maintained by the games
project to unstable KEYWORDS (without those required by other stable
packages). If you have any of these stable games packages installed,
you will have to add them to /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords/
manually. Failures related to missing stable KEYWORDS will show up as

  The following keyword changes are necessary to proceed:
   (see "package.accept_keywords" in the portage(5) man page for more details)
  # required by @selected
  # required by @world (argument)
  =games-action/0verkill-0.16-r4 ~amd64

While we accept that this will cause some irritation for the community,
pretending we have a well supported games collection by having a
wealth of stable games packages is misleading at best. We welcome
contributions from outsiders willing to polish up the games landscape
in Gentoo via the Proxy Maintainers Project.

Posted By: David Seifert