Posted by: Anonymous
on December 24, 2008 07:10 PM
"How many times have you run revdep-rebuild?"
Frequently. I've lost count.
"How many times, in the process, has this failed and left your system broken?"
"Do the words "package >=XYZ is blocking package ABC-123-r13" mean anything to you? "
Not any more. There are ~x86 versions of Portage which handle this automatically. There are other Portage Tree package managers that do the same.
"Ever wanted to install an ebuild that needed a new version of Portage, that needed a new version of Bash..."
No. Never. How the hell did you get in that situation? Did you start an install last week on a 1.4 LiveCD?
"In Gentoo, the entire bloody OS is a moving target all the time."
That's *kinda* the whole point of the distro. However, you can leave your system in a pretty stable state. I have Gentoo boxes which haven't had anything other than Portage upgrades and security fixes applied to them in *YEARS*. If you don't do an 'emerge world', then you're not forced to upgrade *anything*.