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Do my USE flags look right for a basic installation?
USE=" # wanted alsa bindist dvd gcc gtk mmx pulseaudio sse sse2 # unwanted -gnome -kde -qt4 "
The use flags for each package you emerge are determined by a combination of the profile you select, information you put in /etc/portage/make.conf, and what you put in /etc/portage/package.use which allows flags to be set on a per package basis. When I first started using gentoo I struggled to get packages to emerge in part due to the USE flag settings I chose.
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You can check the combination of profile and your make.conf USE settings withCode:
For an individual package you should reviewCode:
emerge -pv the_package_to_emerge
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- Apr 2009
- I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
It took me a couple of weeks of Sundays in my spare time (evenings) to work this stuff out. I made lots of mistakes, but eventually I was able to generate a really reliable and fast system with Gentoo. Installing new packages required some research to determine what the default USE flags should be, though most of them have those settings properly configured. For my next new workstation, I may go back to Gentoo simple because it provides such tight control of the system - no unnecessary drivers or other kernel cruft or applications you don't want or need.Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!