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mikefot
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear All,

When I boot up using the 4.9.0 kernel the login seems to go OK and then the screen goes blank and things seem to freeze up and I never see a login prompt.......

Why that is I am not sure.

Maybe the log files I posted can help with this.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having both xorg-server and xorg-x11 is redundant. Run "eselect --deselect xorg-server" to remove it from the world file without removing the files.

I think you should emerge the following packages using "emerge -a" : sudo, nano, gentoolkit, mirrorselect, wgetpaste and virtual/package-manager-0 (should bring in portage).
I highly recommend adding: lshw and either linux-firmware or radeon-firmware (didn't you have radeon-firmware before?)
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikefot wrote:
When I boot up using the 4.9.0 kernel the login seems to go OK and then the screen goes blank and things seem to freeze up and I never see a login prompt.......
Are you trying to run X? or is it the terminal screen that goes blank? Were you on openrc or systemd? This thread has gotten so long I forget.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Tony,

Many thanks for your reply.

It was the terminal screen that went blank - I don't even get to the point where I could run X......

I have installed the packages you recommended.

I have installed the 4.9.6 r1 kernel as well in case I had somehow messed up the kernels I had installed earlier in some way.

I am running openrc.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW,

I posted the world file you requested in an earlier post plus other log files.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikefot wrote:
BTW,

I posted the world file you requested in an earlier post plus other log files.

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Michael

Tha's what I generated my world recommendations from.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear All and Tony,

I tried emerging kde plasma - polkit crashed.

The build log is here:

Code:
(chroot) mikef-PC linux # wgetpaste /var/tmp/portage/sys-auth/polkit-pkla-compat-0.1/temp/build.log
Your paste can be seen here:
https://paste.pound-python.org/show/lCTS9T8s0M2MOmlmaPkU/

The error is "fowners failed" apparently.

Comments appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is some more relevant output:



Code:
(chroot) mikef-PC linux # wgetpaste -c 'emerge --info =sys-auth/polkit-pkla-compat-0.1::gentoo'
Your paste can be seen here:
https://paste.pound-python.org/show/lq0SzuZOCjPrFdAw4el0/

Code:
(chroot) mikef-PC linux # wgetpaste -c 'emerge -pqv =sys-auth/polkit-pkla-compat-0.1::gentoo'
Your paste can be seen here:
https://paste.pound-python.org/show/fRbdVwcREUYYdSApooD2/

Code:
(chroot) mikef-PC linux # wgetpaste /var/tmp/portage/sys-auth/polkit-pkla-compat-0.1/temp/environment
Your paste can be seen here:
https://paste.pound-python.org/show/GySc6joxMR2X80322EHJ/

Code:
(chroot) mikef-PC linux #


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:03 pm    Post subject: kernel configuration on AMD FX 8350 box, cpu utilisation etc Reply with quote

Dear All and Tony,

I have repaired my install and it is working OK now.

Do you think that if I used the
Code:
FEATURES="buildpkg"

in the make.conf file to accumulate binaries that would be a good idea in case I had a meltdown of some kind again in the future?

I will be more careful about dealing with any blocked package problems I get in the future.

The last one occurred when I did the sync to the portage tree and tried to run emerge deep world etc.

It seems that syncing after a several months or a year etc requires a bit of care.

Comments appreciated.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like once a week on Saturday morning using a cron job. Daily is too much hassle and you see the goofs first before anyone has ommented here on them. Monthly can get you into trouble as you see. Compromise on bi-weekly?

More later. Have to go to the dentist. :cry:
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:23 pm    Post subject: kernel configuration on AMD FX 8350 box, cpu utilisation etc Reply with quote

Dear Tony,

Many thanks for your response.

I now realise that unlike Debian where you can do upgrades in aptitude relatively infrequently and there usually is not a problem etc, that is not the best idea with Gentoo.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: kernel configuration on AMD FX 8350 box, cpu utilisation etc Reply with quote

Dear Tony,

I ran
Code:
quickpkg *.*
and generated a whole load of binaries in my install.....

Is that a useful backstop to have in case I bork the system somehow again in the future?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikefot,
My thinking on this is that while using quickpkg to generate lots of binaries seems like a good backup strategy, and a way to quickly get bailed out of an emergency situation with an emerge -K for your backup version, in practice It can become IMO very unwieldy.

Considering how often Gentoo packages are updated, you find yourself with a massive directory with out-dated stuff which needs to be constantly weeded out. Time consuming, but I quess you could use a modified eclean (if it can somehow be pointed to where you have your quickpkg packages), or design a custom script to auto-clean out packages older than a certain date.

Don't get me wrong- quickpkg is great, but I've found all I've ever needed in many years of running ~Arch systems was to keep a recent backup of the tool-chain packages, and a few other critical system packages with enough others to boot into a terminal so as to be able to fix virtually anything else. In other words, just enough for a basic non-X system with networking, portage, and the required assorted tools to compile, Once years ago I was careless with --depclean and didn't have a package required to compile or get online, but other than that one time no problems. Plus, you can always chroot in with a Gentoo live cd and fix almost anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you plan to package things regularly, use FEATURES=buildpkg so that it is done automatically and includes everything. The default invocation of quickpkg excludes certain files. You can use eclean-pkg to clean out old packages, whether they were made by quickpkg or by FEATURES=buildpkg. It's a quick and relatively simple process, if your retention policy aligns with one of the prepackaged choices.
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