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Hello I am trying to install gentoo, and I downloaded the "Gentoo 2007.0 Minimal CD/InstallCD" for my platform (x86) from Gentoo Linux -- Where to Get Gentoo Linux however I ...
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    installing gentoo (live cd?)


    Hello
    I am trying to install gentoo, and I downloaded the
    "Gentoo 2007.0 Minimal CD/InstallCD"
    for my platform (x86) from Gentoo Linux -- Where to Get Gentoo Linux
    however I read the installation guide and it said to start the install, run "installer-dialog", however I did this from the command prompt and it said command not found.

    I presume this is because to take advantage of the automatic installer i have to download the much bigger "Gentoo 2007.0 LiveCD" do I?

    many moons ago I vaguely recall there being a step-by-step guide to doing a gentoo install manually, doing all the commands oneself. Does such a guide still exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentaylor View Post
    Hello
    I am trying to install gentoo, and I downloaded the
    "Gentoo 2007.0 Minimal CD/InstallCD"
    for my platform (x86) from Gentoo Linux -- Where to Get Gentoo Linux
    however I read the installation guide and it said to start the install, run "installer-dialog", however I did this from the command prompt and it said command not found.

    I presume this is because to take advantage of the automatic installer i have to download the much bigger "Gentoo 2007.0 LiveCD" do I?

    many moons ago I vaguely recall there being a step-by-step guide to doing a gentoo install manually, doing all the commands oneself. Does such a guide still exist?
    Hiya bentaylor, Welcome!
    A word of warning, consider not using the LiveCD installer, it's a real work of crapola in my opinion.
    There is still a Gentoo handbook, which covers everything.
    Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Gentoo Handbook
    I recently installed Gentoo, using the alternate method of installing from within an existing Linux distribution.
    Gentoo Linux Documentation -- The Gentoo Linux alternative installation method HOWTO
    Best of luck.
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    yeah but where does it tell me what to DO?
    Sorry if i'm being thick here.

    I followed the link you gave me and then it lead me to this page:

    Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Gentoo Linux 2007.0 x86 Handbook

    so where do I go from here?
    i.e. I've got my basic kernel drivers, I've set the root password, and i've just got the # at the command prompt, now what?

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    i've been following the how-to at HOWTO Install Gentoo - The Gentoo Developers Method with NPTL and 2.6 from Stage1 - Gentoo Linux Wiki

    I've got to the bit where you do emerge --sync for the first time.

    Is it at some point going to allow me to customise what software I want installed?
    I don't want kde or X-server, don't want to have it cluttered up with graphical stuff as i won't need it on this box. Just want to run webserver, ftp server, sshd server and a few other services and that's it.

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    Gentoo doesn't install any major packages - users can emerge them later if they want. X isn't installed by default. I think the openssh server is, but could be wrong.

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    great, that's ideal for this situation.
    I presume 'emerge' is the equivalent of yum on fedora and yast on suse?
    can it be used to install the 3 basic servers i want installed, e.g. httpd, vsftpd, sshd ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentaylor View Post
    yeah but where does it tell me what to DO?
    Sorry if i'm being thick here.

    I followed the link you gave me and then it lead me to this page:

    Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Gentoo Linux 2007.0 x86 Handbook

    so where do I go from here?
    i.e. I've got my basic kernel drivers, I've set the root password, and i've just got the # at the command prompt, now what?
    Now you use "emerge packagename" to install only the software you want. If you have a network connection. I'm new to Gentoo myself so I don't know the names of packages you need for web servers and whatnot. I'm sure the filenames are the same.

    Have you set the USE flags? A fellow forum member pointed out to me, that the USE flags are what makes Gentoo different, so you might as well get those set correctly before you install a lot of software.
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    i've followed the instructions as in HOWTO Install Gentoo - The Gentoo Developers Method with NPTL and 2.6 from Stage1 - Gentoo Linux Wiki
    which involves adding nptlonly to the USE flags in make.conf.

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    Yes.

    Httpd? If you mean apache, the daemon is apache or apache2 on gentoo.

    All found:
    Code:
    smither@leonidas ~ $ emerge -s openssh vsftpd @net-www/apache
    Searching...
    [ Results for search key : openssh ]
    [ Applications found : 1 ]
    
    *  net-misc/openssh
          Latest version available: 4.5_p1-r1
          Latest version installed: 4.3_p2-r1
          Size of files: 1,199 kB
          Homepage:      http://www.openssh.com/
          Description:   Port of OpenBSD's free SSH release
          License:       as-is
    
    
    Searching...
    [ Results for search key : vsftpd ]
    [ Applications found : 1 ]
    
    *  net-ftp/vsftpd
          Latest version available: 2.0.5-r2
          Latest version installed: [ Not Installed ]
          Size of files: 152 kB
          Homepage:      http://vsftpd.beasts.org/
          Description:   Very Secure FTP Daemon written with speed, size and security in mind
          License:       GPL-2
    
    
    Searching...
    [ Results for search key : net-www/apache ]
    [ Applications found : 1 ]
    
    *  net-www/apache
          Latest version available: 2.0.58-r2
          Latest version installed: 2.0.59-r2
          Size of files: 4,651 kB
          Homepage:      http://httpd.apache.org/
          Description:   The Apache Web Server
          License:       Apache-2.0

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    i've followed the instructions as in HOWTO Install Gentoo - The Gentoo Developers Method with NPTL and 2.6 from Stage1 - Gentoo Linux Wiki
    which involves adding nptlonly to the USE flags in make.conf.

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