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

Tom Dexter digitalaudiorock at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 22:01:38 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 5:55 PM, Tom Dexter<digitalaudiorock at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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"
> PORTAGE_ELOG_SYSTEM=save_summary
> 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
> hitch.
> 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.
> Tom

I almost forgot:

d) If you want a stable system, don't use ~arch packages unless you
have to.  It's great to help the Gentoo community debug unstable
packages, but don't run ~arch on everything and then say Gentoo is
unstable ;)...that seems to be a common practice for some reason.


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