Do you know how a lot of times when you goto the internets and you start reading websites how they always repeat over and over again how you need to read the documentation (then read it again) then check out mailing lists and if all else fails check #ourIRCroom? Yeah… that drives me crazy to. Though I do generally try to read as much of the documentation as I can stomach. I hate mailing lists I don’t actively participate in, hence I unsubscribed from all of them. On the other hand though I do enjoy IRC rooms. Why? Because I’ve learned how to solve more problems lurching silently in various chat rooms than by reading lame website docs.
So they got it half right. You should read enough of the website to intelligently listen in IRC so that you’ll understand when someone else has your problem and then has someone else explain it to them for you. How do you like them apples?
Enjoy the Penguins!
There is no way to make that faster? Really?
And by no way to make it faster I mean from the developer’s side, not mine. What is in that program??
So basically, if you can install Gentoo, with or without the handbook, you can install Exherbo. Granted at the moment I’m installing in a VM but that shouldn’t make much difference. It’s just easier for me to start over. Though I haven’t so far. On the same hand though I don’t recommend starting with the pre-made VM on the Exherbo website. The one for VirtualBox at least was so outdated I couldn’t get paludis to work properly to save my life. No matter what I did it just kept bombing because packages had invalid tags on the end of the names. Apparently paludis 0.3x.x.x doesn’t like having “beta1″ or “rc” on the end of your package ID.
While I still haven’t technically finished my fresh install it is running and while I have encountered some issues they have all been of the “package a failed a test” or “I can’t scroll back up so I have no idea what happened” kind. I laugh at my own laziness but these things tend to work themselves out. I have noticed for whatever reason, and I believe I’ve even mentioned it before on this blog, that when those kinds of things happen if you switch up which built-in set your installing those annoying errors disappear. For example, I was updating “everything,” it bombed on some package so I switched to updating “system.” That worked up till some other package, and then it bombed, so I switched to “world.” All of this makes me think there must be a little something missing about which packages needs what. I don’t honestly know enough about the process to intelligently comment though so I will leave well enough alone. The latest victim in my “install everything else till that package works” fiasco is vim. Right now I’m in the process of working my around it. If all else fails I guess I could file a bug report.
On a final note. Exherbo currently doesn’t really advertise they want help. In fact they more less tell you they don’t. But on the same hand while they may not want lots of people signing up as official developers they do look like they’d love to have a community full of patch submitters. Perhaps that’s what you should strive to be instead. Personally that’s what I’d rather be. If I ever get this VM install worked out properly maybe I’ll even submit as an updated version. If they read this post they’ll probably turn it down.
Enjoy the Penguins!