[mythtv-users] gentoo, latest mythtv - mythfrontend has no text

Tom Dexter digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 21:55:41 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Brad Fuller<bradallenfuller at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree gentoo install (in the past) is a bit rough. Once you get it
> going, emerge is MUCH better than packages. I've run several distros
> (and still do) and gentoo is much easier to manage in the long run. I
> always have dependency problems with RPM and the like.

I could't agree more.  I've used nothing but Gentoo for _all_ my linux
machines...mythtv, home, work etc for years.  I find the compiled
packages to be generally more stable than any binary distro I've used.
 Gentoo is great as long as you:

a) Pay attention to any major upgrade guides, which are now easy to
find out about via 'eselect news' messages available after you sync.

b) Always read elogs after upgrades.  I like using this in my make.conf:

PORTAGE_ELOG_CLASSES="warn error log"

They will alert you to potential revdep-rebuilds etc that may be
needed saving serious headaches.

c) Always use etc-update (or one of the others) to check/modify config
files after upgrading.

I couldn't live with binary dependency traps after using Gentoo.  I've
never had a problem with mtyhtv that turned out to be Gentoo related.
They've always been from issues with some upstream code, nVidia
drivers, etc.  I just got done switching to the 2.6.28 kernel and
recompiling all my machines with the gcc 4.3.2 compiler without a

Yea...I don't want to start distro wars either, but I hate hearing
Gentoo badmouthed, especially when it truly is great for building a
really lean myth front/backend.  But if used incorrectly, Gentoo isn't
good for anything.


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