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dpshak
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:25 pm    Post subject: Stage4 releases?!? Reply with quote

Alright, this is the SECOND new (uefi) box that I've had a problem getting up and running...

Based on my experience with the last one, I changed the 'BIOS' settings (on the current machine) to legacy and installed away. The end result was, on the initial start-up of KDE, an error talking about "can't save [something or other] to /root/..../.... - usually this means a full disk"
WTF?!?
This is a brand new laptop with a ONE GiG hard-drive!!!! NO-WAY-IN-HELL that hard drive is full! On further inspection, my new laptop looks like a matryoshka doll... In other words, the root partition is nested in the root partition, is nested in the root... you get the picture.

This is a new machine for my wife (hardware failure on the last one). She saves everything and anything to the hard-drive so, when I built the system, I used 'parted' to partition the disk - because I wanted more than 4 primary partitions. The 4 partitions (per the current handbook) PLUS a separate HUGE 'home' partition for her stuff. This resulted (I assume) in my matryoshka'd hard drive - because I 'named' /dev/sda4 "/root".
So, I save all the '/etc/portage/*' files to the boot directory, to make my life easier on the the rebuild, and mosey on over to the autobuilds directory of my favorite rsync mirror.

There, I stumble over "latest-stage4-amd64-***", what give here?!? A quick search, on this site reveals no answers, the *.txt files on my rsync mirror are useless, and Google is useless too!
Past experience dictates that Stage4 builds are, basically, backups of your current system.

So my question is, WTF are the stage4 releases??? Are they pre-built systems that I can use to populate my '/' directory (I have no problem with going back and modifying the kernel to my specs) with a working system?
Or what?!?
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cyisfor
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Stage4 releases?!? Reply with quote

Aren't stage 3 releases pre-built images that you can populate your / directory with?

I think "stage 4" is just those, plus some extra programs installed, according to whatever the person who made that stage4 wants. But I don't really know.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stage3 is a generic image, you could consider a customised one, modified to serve some particular purpose, a stage4.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dpshak,

Stage4 is supposed to be something you can boot, unlike a stage3, where you need to a a few essential bits like a kernel and possibly a boot loader.

I was aware that stage4 installs were under discussion but I didn't know that they were in the wild yet.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: Stage4 releases?!? Reply with quote

dpshak wrote:
So my question is, WTF are the stage4 releases???
Some weeks ago on planet.gentoo.org: »The tarballs can be found in the normal place
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folk!
(especially charles17 that link was useful!)

I guess I might have a go at one, just to see what I can see! What the heck, the box is already stripped back to nothing anyway! :)
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