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Gentoo Help!
« on: March 17, 2008, 01:56:24 pm »
i'm trying to do a couple things on my computer, which runs Gentoo...and i don't know how to do them. the first thing is: I tried to update Gaim into Pidgin. it has doen that but now i can't run or find pidgin. I know that everything i download gets downloaded to the desktop, but i haven't a clue how to run things when i want them. I do know how to get onto the root Konsole so if you give me the code, i can probably do it.

Thanks a bunch!
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 03:51:10 pm »
If it downloaded onto your desktop, then just open a console. 

If you type ls -a then you should see a listing of all files (I'm assuming the console opens with your desktop as the default dir).  You should see pidgin-2.4.0.tar.bz2.  If you do, then just type:

tar xvjpf pidgin-2.4.0.tar.bz2

I'm not entirely certain if there's anything to be done beyond that.  You might email/PM whitelynx, he'll help.  Your bro is so incredibly busy lately that he hardly has time to scratch his butt, and he'd probably take a while to get back to you.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 04:01:19 pm »
Ok, first, Ignore what Caenus just said. Normally, he'd be right. However, he was mislead by what you said.

Ok, if pidgin was installed, then it should be right there in the k menu. If it's not, open a konsole, and type: pidgin

That should be all you need to do.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 04:11:24 pm »
i hate to tell you chris, Cae was more right than you were...but you're both wrong...for some reason i have the file pidgin-2.3.1.tar.gz not the other one. can you do anything from there?
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 04:23:29 pm »
When you install something using Gentoo, you don't need to download the file yourself; if that file is on your desktop, you can delete it.

Type all the following commands in a root console.

First, we'll make sure gaim is uninstalled:
Code: [Select]
emerge -C gaim
Then, we'll ensure that pidgin is installed:
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emerge pidgin
After that, you should be able to run pidgin from a (non-root) console by typing:
Code: [Select]
pidgin
If you get any errors from the above commands, post them here.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 05:31:17 pm »
i'm getting the following error message: ARCH is not set.... are you missing the /etc/make profile symlink? Is the symlink correct? Is your portage tree complete?

it worked up till then.... :blush:
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2008, 05:59:09 pm »
Ouch... that's very very bad.

This is straight Gentoo, right? (not Sabayon or something)

First, check that /etc/make.profile exists:
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file /etc/make.profile
If it doesn't, you can try this, then retry the commands in my previous post:
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ln -s /usr/portage/profiles/default-linux/x86/2007.0 /etc/make.profile
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2008, 07:16:35 pm »
it says the following : broken symbolic link to ../usr/portage/profiles/default-linux/x86/2005.1

i really hope it's possible for me to fix this!
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2008, 07:18:09 pm »
It's definitely possible, don't worry about that.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2008, 07:21:26 pm »
thank you all for your help! *hugs* :happy: but i have to go to bed now... so what ever you can give me....night all!
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2008, 09:06:21 pm »
Ok, try this... (as root)
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eselect profile list
That should print out something like this:
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Available profile symlink targets:
  [1]   default-linux/x86/2006.1
  [2]   default-linux/x86/no-nptl
  [3]   default-linux/x86/2006.1/desktop
  [4]   default-linux/x86/2007.0 *
  [5]   default-linux/x86/2007.0/desktop
  [6]   hardened/x86/2.6
  [7]   selinux/2007.0/x86
  [8]   selinux/2007.0/x86/hardened

Choose one of the ones that starts with 'default-linux' and has nothing after the year/release number. (so something like default-linux/x86/2007.0) Then, type this in as root: (replacing the number with the number that matches the profile you chose)
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eselect profile set 4
If this doesn't give you any output, it should have worked; after you've done this, try those emerge commands from the earlier post I had made.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2008, 11:11:00 pm »
... dude, she killed her portage tree. I told her to to an emerge --sync, and I think she killed it in the middle of that.

So, do
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emerge --sync

Then do what was instructed. And no, you and Keith were both wrong. Not your fault but on gentoo you never download files to install something.
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2008, 05:02:18 am »
see chris, it's all your fault! But seriously, thanks for all your help! *hugs*

it still says that the link is broken...how do i fix that? unfortunately i have to go to school now, but i might be able to get on for help after i  make some bread when i get home...would you guys be offended if asked anouther person for help? he's just as geeky as you guys and he might know what he's doing..or at least how to explain it to me.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2008, 05:40:03 am by Erica »
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Re: Gentoo Help!
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2008, 05:08:20 pm »
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How dare you!
I don't think anyone would care haha.