So I left all these servers running gentoo a couple years ago. Now, after all this time (and uptime!), I want to install something.
emerge -av portage These are the packages that would be merged, in order: Calculating dependencies | !!! All ebuilds that could satisfy ">=dev-lang/python-2.5" have been masked. !!! One of the following masked packages is required to complete your request: - dev-lang/python-2.5.4-r3 (masked by: required EAPI -1, supported EAPI 0) - dev-lang/python-2.6.2-r1 (masked by: required EAPI -2, supported EAPI 0) - dev-lang/python-2.6.2-r2 (masked by: required EAPI -2, supported EAPI 0) - dev-lang/python-2.6.4 (masked by: required EAPI -2, supported EAPI 0) - dev-lang/python-3.1.1-r1 (masked by: required EAPI -2, supported EAPI 0) - dev-lang/python-2.6.3 (masked by: required EAPI -2, supported EAPI 0) For more information, see MASKED PACKAGES section in the emerge man page or refer to the Gentoo Handbook. (dependency required by "sys-apps/portage-18.104.22.168" [ebuild])
Hm. Yeah, I’m way out of date.
Solution: I found other sites that talked about forcing a python/portage install but I that sounded a little harsh. Instead, I found a snapshot of portage-2008.0 and replaced my /usr/portage with the contents of that.
cd /usr rm -rf portage # or mv portage xxx wget http://gentoo.mirrors.tds.net/gentoo/releases/snapshots/2008.0/portage-2008.0.tar.bz2 tar -xjpf portage-2008.0.tar.bz2 cd /etc/ rm make.profile ln -s /usr/portage/profiles/default/linux/x86/2008.0 make.profile emerge -av portage
That took me to portage-22.214.171.124.
From there, I can now go back to current 10.0 portage and emerge -av portage to get up to the current portage state.
Yeah, I really didn’t want to do a re-install.