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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:02 pm    Post subject: portage lost memory of installed packages Reply with quote

hi,

I have my gentoo system clone from one other computer, is openvz virtual container, and same hardware platform.

the only thing I find has problem is it has "no memory" of what packages installed.

I try emerge screen -p, it shows me a long list of packages even the basic system library is new install, and I try emerge portage -s, it shows me I didn't have any version of portage installed, also like eselect, db, texinfo, gpm, etc. but those package I actually find is in system working well and I can use them.

I did some review:

1. i review the /var/lib/portage/world, it has the right packages installed in my system
2. I try "qcheck -a" it shows me nothing, nothing installed
3. I test all same file and command in the system I clone from, it looks the same, and portage works fine, qcheck show all installed packages

so my conclusion is the system lost memory of installed package even it is actually installed, functioning well and the world list is there with the right content.

so what can happen? where is the gentoo store installed package other secret place? or maybe problem is when system check dependency it does not recognize the installed packages?

any leads where I should look into will be help!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

/var/db/pkg
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Portage & Programming to Duplicate Threads.
See Removed /var/db/pkg/ for recovery methods. In short, you must recompile the entire system.
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