Install livecd without network not working.
I am trying to install Gentoo from CDs. I have the liveCD (2004.1) created by and purchased directly from Gentoo. When I run emerge anything, emerge tries to download via ftp from the internet. The same occurs when I run bootstrap.sh. I have set PORTDIR, DISTDIR and PACKAGEDIR to the respective directories /usr/portage, dist and packages in /etc/make.conf. In another effort, I also set these three at the command line (# PORTDIR="usr/portage") I have also tried using the -K switch with emerge.
When I run either bootstrap.sh or emerge, Gentoo tries to contact several ftp sites and after failing all, it exits to the command prompt. When I run 'emerge gentoo-sources' with no switch, I get the same thing. When I run it with the -K or -k switch, Gentoo reports that no packages were found. Per the Gentoo Handbook, I have copied all of the distfiles to /mnt/gentoo/usr/portage/distfiles (prior to chroot).
I have followed the Gentoo Handbook as closely as possible, allowing that the writers have an obvious preference for network installs. It appears to me that the non-network install instructions, if not the executables, are broken. Please help me to correct the error.
Painless (relatively) Install of Gentoo...
There is an automatic install disk (single CD) that gets you all the way
to the GUI without the Internet:
It is the Vlol (gentoo).ISO image you can download and burn, then boot off it.
It beats trying to get a stage 3 to run without the internet hooked up...
I tried that. you get a command line and no clue what to do next.
The manuals for GENTOO actually AREN'T as good as they seem to think.
And there are two versions of their manual posted on their site.
One is riddled with either errors (or more politely ommisions) as to
what path/directory you should be in at various stages. Also many
essential commands were left out, without explanation.
You could guess some of them if you were already an expert,
but if you already know how to install Gentoo, why read the manual?
I suspect you can't really install from the disks without a net connection,
unless you are a systems administrator or the author of the manual.