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Old 02-24-2010, 11:15 PM
Sebastian Pipping
Default Criticial news item "2010-02-25-layman-storage-path-change" (GLEP 42)


As a proper solution to bug #306233 [1] I have prepared a draft for a
related glep-42-style [2] news item, my first such item ever. This is
my request for review.

If I don't hear anything for the next 72 hours I may put it online, as I
understand the GLEP. If you'd need more time for a proper review just
let me know.

Here we go:

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Title: Layman storage path changed from version 1.3.0 on
Author: Sebastian Pipping <sping@gentoo.org>
Content-Type: text/plain
Posted: 2010-02-25
Revision: 1
News-Item-Format: 1.0
Display-If-Installed: <app-portage/layman-1.3

Layman has been using /usr/local/portage/layman to store
overlay checkouts from version 1.2.3 on. As that path
was violating the concept of keeping portage away from
/usr/local the default of this storage location moves to


from version 1.3.0 on. If you have never modified /etc/layman.cfg
manually before, you may be tempted to let tools like etc-update
or cfg-update blindly accept this new version of layman.cfg.
As that would hide all your currently installed overlays from layman
it's probably not what you want. Your options are:

A) Moving
Move your current location to /var/lib/layman before upgrading

B) A symlink
Put a symlink to your current storage location at /var/lib/layman
before upgrading layman

C) Configuration
Reject the path change for layman.cfg when running tools like
etc-update or cfg-update blindly. Be aware with this way you'll
have to do it for each layman update again.

PS: This news item is a reaction to users having run into this problem
(see bug #306233). Thanks to Volker Hemmann for reporting.
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Thanks for your help,


[1] http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=306233
[2] http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/glep/glep-0042.html

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