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Gday Budman7..... I followed the Gentoo 2005.0 handbook to the tee. Iḿ not quite sure if you mean make.conf...in /etc/make.conf when the instruction told me to do nano -w /etc/make.conf ...
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    Gday Budman7.....

    I followed the Gentoo 2005.0 handbook to the tee.
    Iḿ not quite sure if you mean make.conf...in /etc/make.conf

    when the instruction told me to do

    nano -w /etc/make.conf

    the only thing I add to this file is what said on the handbook...
    I only add

    USE=-gtk -gnome qt kde dvd alsa cdr

    Is this what caused my problem ?

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    No /etc/make.conf will not give you the problem you are having.
    The command I gave " make menuconfig" has to do with the building of the kernel.
    When you did the genkernel, what commands did you use?
    Do you have a separate /boot partition?
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    I started with

    # emerge genkernel

    then....

    #zcat /proc/config.gz > /usr/share/genkernel/x86/kernel-2.6

    then....

    #genkernel --udev all

    it then takes like forever to compile......everything went
    smoothly without any errors.....I dont believe I have a
    seperate boot partition......my boot partition is in
    /dev/hda1.


    any more suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    Note that, if your boot partition doesn't use ext2 or ext3 as filesystem you might need to manually configure your kernel using genkernel --menuconfig all and add support for your filesystem in the kernel (i.e. not as a module). Users of EVMS2 or LVM2 will probably want to add --evms2 or --lvm2 as argument as well.
    That I believe is your problem.
    I did the same exact thing you did.
    No separate /boot partition, used genkernel, no menuconfig.
    My system does boot, however, every once in awhile strange things happen with my machine.
    I would reinstall, but hopefully I will only have this machine for another week or so and I will be getting my main pc back.
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    My /dev/hda1 which is boot partition is ext2 ....
    and my /root is ext3...

    Thank you very much in any case Budman for your assistants.

    Im not knowledgable with this kind of problems. Perhaps it
    is a bug in the installation....or may be it is me ! ! ... ...

    I might have to try it again and next time...for better or for
    worse....I will manually configure the kernel ...he he he.

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    My /dev/hda1 which is boot partition is ext2 ....
    and my /root is ext3...
    Just curious, why ext3, when reiserfs is available.

    Which leads me to one more question, when you mounted the ext3 partition you gave the extra parameter?

    Code:
    ext3  	mke2fs -j
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    No particular reason for choosing ext3....its what shown
    in the handbook.....I have no idea what is the advantage of
    one over the other....

    I used....

    #mount -t ext3 /dev/hda3 /mnt/gentoo

    command, again, thats what shown in the handbook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkman4547
    I have no idea what is the advantage of
    one over the other....
    Reiserfs 3.6 and ext3 is about as good at huge files, but when it comes to lots of small files and many folders, reiserfs is a LOT faster. When it comes to the next generation of reiserfs, called reiser4, it should from what I've heard beat them both long way, I think it was rewritten from scratch. But reiser4 is just available in kernel 2.6.12+, and I dunno if you require some spesial tools to use it or just the usual reiserfsprogs.

    But don't misunderstand me, ext3 is good as well, espesially if you are dual-booting with other OS's, for example freebsd can both read and write ext2/3 partitions smooth, but I havent even found a way yet to mount reiserfs (it can be just me doing something wierd thought), and I beleve windows also can mount ext2/3 with some third party apps.

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    I went back and read the installation handbook one more time, and
    found what you're talking about Jaboua.
    The option you're refering to is only available through manual
    kernel configuration which I did not choose. No wonder, I was
    very confused.
    It is very strange that this problem did not resolve itself when
    install with genkernel. Perhaps I should report this to Gentoo ?

    What do you think ?

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    Just for fun I follwed the install manual for 2005.1 and there is no entry for the udev what I could find. So I ended up with a unbootable system. I was aware of this, reading this post, but I wanted to try the manual out.

    But the manual acctually sucks on many points so... Gentoo is a great system, but the manual is crap.

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