Sunday, 11 January 2009

Firefox 3, and kernels on Gentoo

Recently updated my Gentoo box, and found that a few new things were finally available. The first one being a new kernel, which I promptly compiled and installed, and is not up and running with:

evilric@lasek ~ $ uname -a
Linux lasek 2.6.27-gentoo-r7 #1 SMP PREEMPT Sun Jan 11 11:44:19 EST 2009 i686 Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

The second thing being the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. This has been a long time coming in the Gentoo distribution, as there has been some slotting or compilation issues due to the nature of the package management system used by Gentoo - being portage. Even now, when I update "world", I notice there is still some problems with Firefox 3.0.5 and Firefox wanting to be installed on the machine at the same time, but I believe this is mainly due to me choosing to use the entire Gnome desktop, and hence some dependencies are there. Here is the emerge error message stating the error:

!!! Multiple package instances within a single package slot have been pulled
!!! into the dependency graph, resulting in a slot conflict:


('ebuild', '/', 'www-client/mozilla-firefox-', 'merge') pulled in by
=www-client/mozilla-firefox-2* required by ('ebuild', '/', 'www-client/epiphany-2.22.3-r1', 'merge')
=www-client/mozilla-firefox-2* required by ('ebuild', '/', 'gnome-extra/yelp-2.22.1-r2', 'merge')
(and 1 more)

('installed', '/', 'www-client/mozilla-firefox-3.0.5', 'nomerge') pulled in by
www-client/mozilla-firefox required by world

It may be possible to solve this problem by using package.mask to
prevent one of those packages from being selected. However, it is also
possible that conflicting dependencies exist such that they are
impossible to satisfy simultaneously. If such a conflict exists in the
dependencies of two different packages, then those packages can not be
installed simultaneously.

For more information, see MASKED PACKAGES section in the emerge man page
or refer to the Gentoo Handbook.

Still, it's a welcome to the new browser, and a good indication that the Gentoo project still keeps on ticking...

Firefox Gentoo About dialog boxGentoo's Mozilla Firefox's About Dialog Box

1 comment:


    You need to edit your /etc/make.conf and set "-firefox xulrunner". This is because a core piece of the mozilla framework, on which firefox is built, called xulrunner has been split out from the firefox package. This will help to avoid issues in the future and allow for faster upgrades. This change should get all applications using firefox 3 instead of firefox 2.