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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:15 pm    Post subject: how specific is portage? Reply with quote

Okay, so that's not a really great subject line -- lemme expand.

I've got a desktop and a laptop running Gentoo. The desktop is amd64, the laptop is x86. The laptop is also old and shitty (475 MHz P3, 128MB RAM, 12 GB hd). And therein lies the problem. /usr/portage (and particularly /usr/portage/distfiles) is a large directory. The laptop just doesn't have room to store the source files, but downloading them every time is a bit annoying.

So I'm wondering about the feasibility of sharing my /usr/portage between the two computers. I already keep /usr/portage on a separate partition on my desktop, so I could (theoretically) set it up as a shared network drive and mount it on my laptop as well. But would I run into any trouble because the systems are different architectures?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the machine-specific stuff lives in /etc and /var, there is no harm in sharing /usr/portage. Read this thread and all the resources referenced from it (FAQ, man pages) for some pointers. A forum search for "NFS mount portage" turns up some other useful threads (and some chaff).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far I know, only /usr/portage/packages is architecture-specific. If you don't use binary packages, I think this should be fine.

Take a look at this: http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Using_a_shared_portage_via_NFS
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the references guys. :)
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Portage & Programming to Duplicate Threads in favour of https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-622949.html
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