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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:45 pm    Post subject: What command to start install process for min. or stage3? Reply with quote

It's been a little more than 10 years since I've done a clean install of gentoo, and I thought I'd try it again for sh__'s and giggles. (I've built a great new box). Well, I guess I've lost more mental neurons than I thought!

I have booted both a minimum install cd and a stage3 install cd and can't figure out what I'm supposed to do first/next. Someone, please, point me in the right direction.
Help greatly appreciated.

TIA,
Bill
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you go: Gentoo Handbook.

(Looks like I could've almost shouted the link and you'd've heard me. ;))

- John

P.S.: What's a "stage3 install CD"?
P.P.S.: Last year you were complaining that you'd lost all your posts and a couple of moderators noted that they had found your old account. What happened? Why aren't you using it?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you John. You're right, we could have just shouted back n forth. :D

Here's where I am at this time:
/sda1 ext3 BIOSboot 2mb
/sda2 ext3 Boot 150 mb
/sda3 swap SWAP 1 gb
/sda4 extended 697.51 gb
/sda5 reiserfs Var 1 gb
/sda6 reiserfs Root 696.53 gb

On your P.S. - I thought the Stage 3 was an install CD
P.P.S. - By the time I tried to remember what email account I had and then what the password might have been, I just said, uh, the heck with it.

Though I've kept a form of my original logon name, I think I'm going to modify it. I suspect most people who see it, probably pronounce it as "need learn".
But if I do it this way - needle_rn - they might have a different view.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

needlern,

I guess /tmp is in tmpfs ?

Code:
/sda5 reiserfs Var 1 gb
is too small as building happens in there.
At least one package needs 6Gb to build ... or is /var/tmp/portage in tmpfs too?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks NeddySeagoon. At this point there isn't anything anywhere, other than my current partition setup. I put in a brand new SSD. Put in a System Rescuecd and came out with this setup. I'm certainly open to and welcome ideas.

Is the BIOSboot really needed?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installation of Gentoo from 30,000 feet (since that seems the fashionable height):

Boot some sort of linux CD/USB stick and either get a network connection or use sneakernet.
Partition the drive you want to use for your Gentoo install and format the partitions with the filesystems you want to use.
Fetch a recent stage 3 for your architecture and unpack it on your / partition
Fetch a recent portage snapshot and unpack it into your /usr/portage directory.
Chroot to your soon-to-be Gentoo installation.
Edit /etc/fstab, /etc/portage/make.conf
Build a kernel, or copy across one that you have lying around (not forgetting the appropriate modules).
Install and configure a boot loader.
Reboot into Gentoo.
PROFIT!!!

(well, actually, re-establish a network connection and update everything via portage, but where's the fun in that?)

That isn't meant to show you how to build Gentoo (although it's how I build Gentoo), but it's a summary which
avoids the multiplicity of details found in the Gentoo Handbook.

To do a real install, start at the beginning of the Handbook, go on to the end, and then (perhaps) stop.

Good luck - Will
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