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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:48 pm    Post subject: Another route to Gentoo on WSL: sideloading Reply with quote

A while back, Microsoft put this out:

https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL-DistroLauncher

With some not-insignificant amount of frustration (including needing to roll back one of my computers two or three times with System Restore), I was able to produce a Gentoo package that can be sideloaded on Windows 10:

https://home.alfter.us/s/bdMPE7zsDDg2LmX

If you've not yet installed WSL, you'll need to do that first: open a PowerShell administrator prompt, and enter this (you'll need to reboot afterward):

Code:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux


To install, unpack the zipfile, insert the certificate in your computer's trusted root certificate store (it's a self-signed certificate generated by Visual Studio that I think expires in one year, though I think that should only block installation after that date, at which time the installer can be regenerated), and double-click on the .msix file to install.

The installer contains an AMD64 nomultilib stage3 tarball that was current as of when I built the package. (The only change I made to it was to recompress it with gzip, as WSL-DistroLauncher knows nothing about xzip.) It will unpack the tarball, emerge-webrsync the current Portage tree, emerge sudo, configure sudo to allow the wheel group to use it, and then ask you for a username (doesn't have to be the one you use with Windows) and password. This process will take a fair bit of time, but when it's done, you're then dropped into a bash prompt full of Gentoo goodness. :)

I'm thinking this might end up as a good replacement for Cygwin.

Since you're sideloading, you'll need to go to Settings -> Update & Security -> For developers and make sure that under "Use developer features," either "Sideload apps" or "Developer mode" is selected before installation.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

There is a Gentoo version : https://github.com/wakely/WSL-Gentoo ;)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

xaviermiller wrote:
Hi!

There is a Gentoo version : https://github.com/wakely/WSL-Gentoo ;)


Thanks for your effort putting together this!

Yesterday I tried it out, but, unfortunately, the process doesn't get through the new user creation. When I add a username, it asks again, and no password request, etc... the process you see when an Ubuntu is installed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a /home directory in the installation chroot ? if not, create it outside the installation process then continue
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xaviermiller wrote:
Do you have a /home directory in the installation chroot ? if not, create it outside the installation process then continue


If I understand you correctly, then I should check whether there is a /home directory in the directory to where I extract the stage3 tarball (for recompress purposes) and compress it to tar.gz. If there is no /home then it might cause the issue I'm talking about.

I'll give it a try and let you know.
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