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I've got a list of packages from a Gentoo server, like that:

media-libs/libsdl-1.2.13 -X -aalib -alsa -arts -custom-cflags -dga -directfb -esd -fbcon -ggi -libcaca -nas -noaudio -nojoystick -novideo -opengl -oss -pulseaudio -svga -xinerama -xv
media-libs/libsndfile-1.0.17-r1 -alsa -flac -sqlite
media-libs/libtheora-1.0_beta3-r1 -doc -encode -examples
media-libs/libvorbis-1.2.1_rc1 -doc
media-libs/t1lib-5.0.2 -X -doc
media-libs/tiff-3.8.2-r2 +zlib -jbig -jpeg -nocxx
media-libs/win32codecs-20071007-r2 -real
media-libs/x264-0.0.20070924 -debug -threads
media-libs/xvid-1.1.3 -altivec -examples
media-sound/lame-3.98.2 -debug -mmx -mp3rtp -sndfile
media-video/ffmpeg-0.4.9_p20070616-r3 +a52 +aac +amr +encode +ogg +sdl +theora +truetype +v4l +vorbis +x264 +xvid +zlib -X -altivec -debug -doc -ieee1394 -imlib -mmx -network -oss -test -threads
media-video/mplayer-1.0_rc2_p24929-r4 +a52 +aac +aalib +amrnb +amrwb +dvb +encode +ftp +iconv +kernel_linux +mp2 +mp3 +sdl +teletext +theora +truetype +unicode +v4l +v4l2 +video_cards_mga +video_cards_s3virge +video_cards_tdfx +video_cards_vesa +vorbis +win32codecs +x264 +xanim +xvid -3dnow -3dnowext -X -alsa -altivec -arts -bidi -bindist -bl -cddb -cdio -cdparanoia -cpudetection -custom-cflags -debug -dga -directfb -doc -dts -dv -dvd -enca -esd -fbcon -ggi -gif -gtk -ipv6 -jack -joystick -jpeg -ladspa -libcaca -lirc -live -livecd -lzo -mad -md5sum -mmx -mmxext -musepack -nas -nemesi -openal -opengl -oss -png -pnm -pulseaudio -quicktime -radio -rar -real -rtc -samba -speex -srt -sse -sse2 -ssse3 -svga -tga -tivo -vidix -xinerama -xv -xvmc -zoran

And I want to install them on a another gentoo server (fresh install). The problem is I want to be sure to have the exact same version of software and exact same flags.

I've search on google, try to set /etc/portage/package.use and package.accept_keywords according to information I got on this list but it did'nt succeed.

Some can help me please? Thanks in advance =)

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Would it be useful for you to use quickpkg to create binary packages from existing system and then deploy those to your new server with emerge -k?

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Hi, I'd like to but I don't have any more access to my "source" server. Moreover when I got access I haven't a root access but just a regular user. It's not a problem if the rebuild take a long time. – plop Nov 22 '11 at 14:37

What did you try? Given, e.g.,

media-libs/tiff-3.8.2-r2 +zlib -jbig -jpeg -nocxx

you'd put

media-libs/tiff zlib -jbig -jpeg -nocxx

in /etc/portage/package.use--note lack of version number and no +-- and


in /etc/portage/package.mask.

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When you say it didn't succeed, I could imagine that the problem you are having might be that the portage tree the old server was using is a lot older than the one you are using now, and a number of the old versions of software have meanwhile been dropped from the tree.

E.g. the first ebuild in your list, media-libs/libsdl-1.2.13, isn't in my portage tree any more.

If you really need the exactly same versions, you also need a portage tree from the time these ebuilds were installed.

I've never done that, but one way to get such a tree might be to check it out from CVS, for the respective date. Portage CVS is located at

Should this install complete, I'd recommend to update the portage tree and check for security updates. Then you can decide which exact versions you want to keep.

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