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gentoo-install

An install script for Gentoo Linux

copyright

Copyright (c) 2012, Michael Mol mikemol@gmail.com All rights reserved.

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description

In Gentoo installations, the installation sequence goes more or less this way:

1) Boot live environment 2) Create your system's filesystems 3) Unpack initial system binaries and package manager database 4) Configure your system's initial environment 5) chroot into your system 6) Configure your kernel and boot environment 7) Install (build) a few basic packages 8) Reboot 9) Finish building any remaining packages you need. 10) Add users 11) Use system

Even outside time spent compiling, this process is tedious (and thus error- prone) and time-consuming. Further, I assume most Gentoo users are like myself in that they spend a lot more time tweaking their already-configured systems than installing new ones, so it's difficult to avoid missing steps during the install process.

This script seeks to contract the interactive portion of the installation sequence to:

1) Build your boot-time block devices and non-/ filesystems. 2) Provide a boot kernel and boot mechanism. (Build your /boot, kernel, and install grub) 3) Populate the script with configuration parameters, including a pre-formed make.conf file, and specifying any packages you would like initially available. 4) Run the script 5) Reboot 6) Add your users. 7) Use the system.

(Wouldn't it be beautiful if the script handled steps 1 and 2? But it doesn't.)

The script also tries to automate several cleanup behaviors:

  • It tries to work around transient build failures such as those caused by race conditions in parallel make and package build orders by making extensive use of emerge's "--keep-going" and "--resume" features.
  • It tries to get a head start on two-step rebuilds, where the first pass of building a set of packages and the second pass have different results, because of the versions of packages already present during the first pass. To get around this, it does a full "emerge -e @world" twice. This also has the effect of guaranteeing the entire system is using your specified CFLAGS, and also has been built with the latest marked-stable version of the compilers used.
  • It runs dispatch-conf after every emerge, to ensure all configuration files are up to date.
  • It runs revdep-rebuild after every emerge, to fix anything that may have broken. (Though this is unlikely, since we don't emerge --depclean. Still, the script is largely unattended, so the time spent isn't very important.)
  • It runs perl-cleaner and python-updater after every emerge to guarantee bindings and modules in these languages are clean and up-to-date.

The script may fall into an infinite-rebuild-loop if an ebuild is broken. If this happens, try ensuring your specified rsync server has an up-to-date copy of portage. If it still happens, then file a bug! At some point, I'd like to get this script to emit and save emerge --info data in the event of an emerge failure, to help with the filing of these types of bug reports.

Oh, and the script spams your syslog with trace data. You can use tail -f /var/log/messages in your live environment in order to keep track of what's going on.

sys-process/htop is also very fun.

caveats

YOU WILL NEED TO MODIFY THE SCRIPT. It has several configuration variables currently set in ways that are very specific to my network.

This is all very rough at the moment, and it's strictly a "works for my systems, on mt network" thing. Hopefully things improve and are generalized.

The script assumes the /boot and /home partitions already exist, are formatted, and may be mounted by specifying the filesystems' UUID. It also presumes that there's an HTTP proxy server available.

The script does not currently support preconfiguring arbitrary individual packages (though this would be lovely, for distcc purposes), nor does it currently support things like /etc/portage/packages.mask or /etc/portage/packages.use . These would be wonderful enhancements.

The script ignores several parent environment variables, including http_proxy. It would obviously be very beneficial to accept environment variables for configuration. Perhaps in a future version.

Patches very welcome. The original git repository for this may be found at github: https://github.com/mikemol/gentoo-install

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