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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:17 pm    Post subject: How/When To Use USE Variables Reply with quote

I am new to the forums and Gentoo. During my installation I came to the USE variables section (Configuring Portage) and I REALLY don't know what to do.. I mean, I understand what USE variables do I just don't know when or where to use which variables... If anyone can shed some light on this I would highly appreciate it, thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome!

There is no dire need to set any USE flags. A reasonable set of USE flags is already set for you by profile. Just make sure you choose the profile that suits you best. USE flags can be also changed later in case you change your mind.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also saw a 10.0 and 13.0 version(s) of the profile(s), what are the differences? Also, where are the USE variables stored for each profile so I can check them?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10.0 is older, 13.0 is newer, I'd go with 13.0.
Easiest is to switch to the profile you are interested in and run emerge --info.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: How/When To Use USE Variables Reply with quote

JonRB wrote:
I am new to the forums and Gentoo. During my installation I came to the USE variables section (Configuring Portage) and I REALLY don't know what to do.. I mean, I understand what USE variables do I just don't know when or where to use which variables... If anyone can shed some light on this I would highly appreciate it, thanks!


You can also check this previous discussion.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaglover wrote:
10.0 is older, 13.0 is newer, I'd go with 13.0.
Easiest is to switch to the profile you are interested in and run emerge --info.


Welcome @ Gentoo, JonRB.

I prefer using
Code:
eselect profile list
for viewing and

Code:
eselect profile set [No.]
for setting a different profile.

Regarding the place where these variables are stored read this: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-upgrading.xml
Underneath the Releases and Profiles Chapter

Regards, Andy.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I generally only set a few USE flags, for things I absolutely do not want, in other words negative USE flags, and then a few positive ones. The more you use Gentoo, the more it will make sense to you. For a first installation it doesn't really matter.
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