William Kenworthy wrote:
On Sun, 2009-12-27 at 20:45 -0600, Dale wrote:
Marcus Wanner wrote:
When an old (circa 2001) desktop came out of retirement a few months
ago, I shuffled across Linuxes trying to find something that worked
well, and finally hit on gentoo. I eventually switched to ~x86 because
I was tired of using versions of apps from 6 months ago... Too make a
long story short, I have a new computer now and that one is going back
into retirement. I may want to use it more in future and would like to
know how I would go about "mothballing" it so that if it ever needs to
be used again, bringing it up to date will be as smooth and painless
as possible. If I need to resurrect it, it will probably be at least a
year from now. What would you recommend?
Portage is better but that is a while to go without a update. It mostly
depends on what all is updated with some sort of hiccup between the time
you shut it down and the time you try to update it again. If there is
no major problems then it wouldn't be a issue but of there is multiple
packages with issues, then you have a problem.
Me, I would put it in a closet or something with a ethernet cable hooked
up and just update it say once every 6 to 8 weeks. Just hope for the
best after that.
I have an "emergency desktop" system at work that I recently pulled out
of storage to use (laptop HD died!). Once used, I spent quite a while
updating it and was just going to put it aside using Dales suggestion
when this thread got me thinking.
I am going to clean out gnome and anything not of immediate use leaving
just a bare desktop and minimal tools needed for emergency use (OO,
evolution) - I'll replace gnome with fluxbox first.
Then if it needs to get serious use other packages can be added on the
fly. If it looks like longer term use, its easy to add gnome etc back
overnight, and while continuing to use the fluxbox desktop.
The minimal system should be quicker and simpler to update than a crufty
system - and if you have to update much of gnome and the like,
updating/reinstalling might take longer than building from scratch
anyway (going by my last update to gnome
I should also add that I use KDE. So, updating all that takes time plus
if there are packages with "issues" then that adds to the grief. It
appears that it depends on just what you have installed. If it is a
bare system, then it may not be to bad. If it is a full blown KDE like
mine, then that could take a really long while. Of course, portage has
been a lot better at handling blocks here lately too. There are
exceptions and they always confuse the heck out of me but it is a lot
better. That should shorten the update time for a lot of packages.
Maybe a 'emerge -ep world | genlop -p' would be in order here.