The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, Debtember 11, 2003

Installation, Part II

I spent the day installing Gentoo on the second server, and while the instructions are fairly clear, it certainly helped that Mark walked me through an installation earlier in the week. The only hitch happened when I was trying to emerge Vixie Cron which failed with an ever so helpful message “could not resolve dependencies.” No about of bumping up the verbosity and debugging levels would reveal the actual problem, yet every other package I emerged did so without error.

I ended up asking Mark for help, seeing how he has a bit more experience with Gentoo than I do. Turns out that in the four days between installs, the Vixie Cron package was renamed from sys-apps/vcron to sys-apps/vixie-cron and the installation guide had yet to be updated (and it certainly would have helped had the error message said something like “such-n-such package does not exist. Please hang up and try your call again!”).

Update on Tuesday, December 16th

It seems that in the time since I did the install (can't say “since this was written” since this is actually being written on Tuesday, December 16th at about 4am) that the documentation has been updated.


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