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What are some useful utils when using Gentoo Linux?

I want to make a list of utilities that come in handy in Gentoo? What tools and commands do you use and consider helpful in administration of a Gentoo system/server?
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“SSL error parse tlsext” on large commit to SVN via Apache, Gentoo

This happens only on large commit (resulting in a failed commit): Revelant section from virtual host config in Apache <LimitExcept GET PROPFIND OPTIONS REPORT> Require valid-user ...
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Is Gentoo worth the compile?

I'm working on getting my first server up and running and my dad is trying to convince me that Gentoo is the way to go. Is it worth the compile? I was just planning on using Ubuntu.
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Optimal procedure to upgrade Gentoo Linux?

This is how I have been upgrading Gentoo for a long time. Is this the recommended method? Any gotchas or better methods to use? emerge --sync emerge -uDav world emerge -av depclean revdep-rebuild ...
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How do I move a Linux software RAID to a new machine?

I have a newly built machine with a fresh Gentoo Linux install and a software RAID 5 array from another machine (4 IDE disks connected to off-board PCI controllers). I've successfully moved the ...
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Centralize authentication and user's home folder

We have about 7 Linux servers and from time to time we setup a new one... For each new install we have to create the same users and ask them to change their default passwords to new ones ... Plus for ...
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Bash can't start a programme that's there and has all the right permissions

This is a gentoo server. There's a programme prog that can't execute. (Yes the execute permission is set) About the file $ ls prog $ ./prog bash: ./prog: No such file or directory $ file prog prog: ...
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The Gentoo live-cd shows my drives as “hda”, but booting into my own kernel shows “sda” (therefore, boot fails). What should I do?

The Gentoo live-cd shows my drives as "hda", so I followed the Gentoo handbook and configured my partitions as "hda". However, the boot failed because, when booting into my kernel, it wanted to refer ...
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Linux bridging not forwarding packets

I am trying to set up a Linux bridge with 2 ethernet interfaces and cannot get it to work correctly. I am using Gentoo Linux and thought it would be quite easy but I end up having trouble getting ...
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maintenance/installation of ruby gems/ruby on rails on Linux in general and Gentoo

I am currently looking into Ruby/Ruby on Rails as an alternative to Python/Django. My main problem is that it is rather unclear what the best practices are when it comes to installing Ruby gems and/or ...
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Linux boot on a raid1 software raid?

I am trying to convert my single disk boot to a raid1 boot So far here is what i have: I sucessfully create the raid 1 as degraded with the new drive alone, I copied all the data on it I can mount ...
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Performance and Utilization monitoring of Xen Dom0

We run a mixed bag of Citrix XenServer and Gentoo/Xen virtualization platforms in our company. In general, we use XenServer where we have shared storage (SAN, iSCSI or whatever) and Gentoo/Xen where ...
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Can I stop a Gentoo “emerge world” to add a feature or use flag I forgot?

Can I stop a Gentoo "emerge world" to add a feature or use flag I forgot? If so, how much pain am I in for, and what steps would you recommend for safely getting the system back on its feet? Thanks.
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easy_install'ing under different Python version

I'm trying to easy_install a Python 2.5 package, but I've also got Python 3.1 installed, so I get a syntax error: except pkg_resources.VersionConflict, e: ...
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Exim TLS and Secure SMTP

I'm in the process of converting an existing mail server to support encrypted SMTP for our clients, but I've run into this brick wall with very little useful log data to help me forward. Everything ...
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Source based distros vs Prebuilt package based distros

I wonder what is the general preference and where does it come from. Having used FreeBSD actively for a couple of years I'm leaning towards Gentoo, but I've had an unpleasant experience of wasting ...
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Installing an OS from a netbooted Linux image [closed]

Let's say that you're working on a strange machine with these limitations: You don't have physical access at all. You get a serial console, and a network. You get one of six Linux installs to work ...
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While gentoo is doing emerge update world, can I safely work in another terminal window (ALT-F3 for example)?

Got a new Gentoo installation, and doing a long emerge update world. I noticed that the other terminal windows are still available (ALT-F2, ALT-F3, etc.). Is it safe for me to work in them while the ...
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Simple Quagga BGP router

We are attempting to setup a Gentoo Linux box to run a Quagga BGP router for our internet connection. We've tried many things, but everything we've tried results in Quagga reporting that there is no ...
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Layman overlays and Puppet

We're starting to use Puppet as a way of managing configuration across our various servers. We have a Portage repository with a few packages of our own, with each machine using Layman to manage the ...
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VMware: How to keep time in guest after suspend

I have Gentoo installed as guest OS. I have hardware clock synced with host system, but the clock of OS tend to be wrong after suspend. The only solution I find out is run hwclock -s frequently via ...
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Linux's best filesystem to work with 10000's of files without overloading the system I/O

It is known that certain AMD64 Linuxes are subject of being unresponsive under heavy disk I/O (see Gentoo forums: AMD64 system slow/unresponsive during disk access (Part 2)), unfortunately have such ...
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Mount an ext3 partition with a 16k blocksize?

We are attempting to recover data from a drive which was formated by Netgear ReadyNas Duo. We have dropped it in a linux box and discovered that it is formated as ext3 with a 16k block size. Mounting ...
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What next after Ubuntu? Arch Linux / FreeBSD / Gentoo

I have been using Ubuntu, mainly as a production system for a very long time. Fedora Core and Mandrake before that. I am a developer, mostly working over networking core - L3/L4. I wish to graduate to ...
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How to choose python version to install in gentoo

I'm using linux gentoo and i want to install python2.5 but it's a problem. emerge -av python shows These are the packages that would be merged, in order: Calculating dependencies... done! [ebuild ...
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Howdo I tell which kernel modules are required?

Say, I have a default Gentoo install with all the modules (e.g. device drivers) compiled. From this point, is there an easy way to exclude the unused modules the next time I recompile the kernel?
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Why is my filesystem being mounted read-only in linux?

I am trying to set up a small linux system based on Gentoo on a VirtualBox machine, as a step towards deploying the same system onto a low-spec Single Board Computer. For some reason, my filesystem is ...
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Someone from china wants kill my entry bandwidth?

Someoen from china with two different ip is downloading the same big file from my server. Their ip are: 122.89.45.210 60.210.7.62 They requesting this file and downloading more than 20 times per ...
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upgrading kernel from 2.6.27 to 2.6.32

I have an openvz server, currently running on linux-2.6.27-openvz-kiprensky.1-r1 Now, I'm upgrading server and part of the upgrade is kernel upgrade. Now, I'm offered ...
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Is it possible to create and setup a virtual machine from command line?

I currently have a dedicated server running Gentoo Linux with only an SSH access and I was wondering if it's possible to create and setup a virtual machine from command line using VirtualBox ? (Like ...
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Gentoo Portage, why PostgreSQL 8.4 is named as postgresql-base?

Where does the -base come from? Why the word base, as version 8.1 is simply named postgresql.
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Execute specific bash script on Gentoo Linux startup

I own a VDS running Gentoo Linux and I am curious about how to execute specific bash script at startup of my VDS. I just want to startup apache2 at boot time and run two thin instances.
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PHP Threading on Gentoo

PHP on Gentoo supports the threads USE flag. As far as I know, PHP does not support true threading; I am only aware of the ability to fork using pcntl_fork(), but this functionality is provided by the ...
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How to use postfix to carbon copy HP ePrint [closed]

I'd like to print using ePrint using a local e-mail (or alias) like printer@example.com instead of myprinter@hpeprint.com. For what I've already played with the ePrint service from HP, the service ...
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Move an existing RAID 5 array from Ubuntu to Gentoo

I have a 64-bit Ubuntu machine with a 4-disk RAID 5 using software raid (md). I've been able to boot an Ubuntu LiveCD and recognize the array with a simple mdadm -A /dev/md0. It was easy to mount ...
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Sharing distfiles between FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Gentoo

Currently I have a few FreeBSD servers with one of them acting as build box sharing its /usr/ports and /usr/ports/distfiles (as separate file systems) through NFS. Recently I've added OpenBSD and ...
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Postgresql migration disaster?

I am running Gentoo. I upgraded from Postgresql 8.2.7 to 9.0.1. Somewhere in the upgrade process, the old Postgresql got unmerged unstead of getting slotted, so it's gone. The old version is also gone ...
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Using gentoo, how does one stick -9999 ebuild to a specific svn revision?

As an example given the django-9999 ebuild, to match a developer's environment I need to checkout R12120 from trunk. Installing Django manually is not an option due to package management reasons. But ...
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Distribution/setup for shared web hosting

I'm currently administrating a Gentoo server hosting a few dozen websites for friends and people with common interests. I may be moving to a new server soon, and with that comes the possibility to ...
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“Crashed” for init script

After moving to new baselayout2 in gentoo I always have rtorrentd [ crashed ] even though it runs in screen with no issues. Here are the conf.d: # Owner of ...
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spawn-fcgi/ fast CGi php crashes without traces in logs, on Gentoo

I recently moved from apache to a Nginx/fastcgi solution, I had it running on a Fedora system and had no problems, but, since i moved all to Gentoo , the Spawn-fCGI / fastcgi php daemon dies, and i ...
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I'm stuck on choosing the right Linux bootloader for software RAID-10

I'm installing Gentoo on a SOHO server with 4 500GB Hitachi hard drives. I was able to boot from Live USB, created RAID-10 array /dev/md0 with the following command: mdadm --create /dev/md0 ...
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I am unable to connect to my netbook from any machine on my network until the netbook has pinged it

I have a rather strange issue with my netbook on my local network. When trying to connect to it in any way from a remote system it does not appear to find it. However if I get the netbook to ping the ...
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Enable HAProxy logging in Amazon Gentoo

I am attempting to enable HAProxy logging in Gentoo 1.12.11.1 on an Amazon EC2 Server (managed through EngineYard). I have modified the syslog.conf file as follows: local0.* ...
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Monit won't run

I have two identical EC2 instances (the second is a replica of the first), running Gentoo. The first instance has monit running which monitors a single process and some system resources and functions ...
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Graphite not running

I'm currently trying to install graphite 0.9.9 on a gentoo box using these instructions from the graphite wiki. Essentially, it fronts graphite using apache and mod_wsgi. Everything seems to have ...
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Using Gentoo's `ebegin`, `eend` etc under Ubuntu

We're quite fond of the style of the ebegin, eend, eerror, eindent etc commands used by Portage and other tools on Gentoo. The green-yellow-red bullets and standard layout make for very quick spotting ...
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Failed installing APC?

I am trying to install APC on a gentoo with php 5.2 Here teh full command i Lanched: mkdir /home/APC-php cd /home/APC-php wget http://pecl.php.net/get/APC tar -xzvf APC cd APC-3.1.9 ...
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Performance difference between compiled and binary linux distributions/packages

I was searching a lot on the internet and couldn't find an exact answer. There are distros like Gentoo (or FreeBSD) which does not come with binaries but only with source code for packages (ports). ...
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How can I get into a gentoo-linux machine if I hosed PAM?

While updating my gentoo linux box, I managed to mess up PAM. Now I can't login! Here's the message I get login: <I type my name, enter> /bin/login: error while loading shared libraries: ...