Emerge config files in etc need updating

A recurring question about the Gentoo release process is: "Why roll out new releases frequently, if they are not intended to let users update software?

" There are various reasons: When a release includes new incompatible features, or provides a set of core packages and settings that deeply modify the behavior of the system, we say that it provides a new profile.

It is recommended to verify the integrity of those files to make sure they are not tampered with: Although the release signing keys might be expired, the signature should still be OK. The upgrade path might need intermediate versions of software (such as portage) that does not exist any more, requiring to update the portage tree in steps (for instance incremental tree updates with steps of 3 to 4 months).:) When the installed packages are upgraded as explained in the Gentoo Handbook, then the system will be exactly the same as one that has been installed using the new release.If a release (such as 13.0 for ) introduces a new profile, then there is the choice to migrate to the new profile.These are the packages that would be merged, in order: Calculating dependencies... [ebuild U ] sys-devel/gnuconfig-20120818 [20120116] [ebuild U ] dev-libs/expat-2.1.0-r2 [2.1.0] [ebuild U ] media-libs/libpng-1.5.13-r1 [1.5.10] [ebuild U ] virtual/libffi-3.0.11 [0] [ebuild N ] dev-libs/gobject-introspection-common-1.32.1 [ebuild N ] dev-libs/elfutils-0.149 USE="bzip2 zlib -lzma -nls" [ebuild U ] app-arch/zip-3.0-r1 [3.0] USE="-natspec%" [ebuild U ] sys-apps/man-pages-3.42 [3.41] [ebuild U ] dev-libs/libtasn1-2.13 [2.12] [ebuild U ] app-text/dos2unix-6.0.1 [6.0] [ebuild U ] dev-libs/glib-2.32.4-r1 [2.30.3] [ebuild U ] x11-libs/pango-1.30.1 [1.29.4] [ebuild U ] x11-libs/gdk-pixbuf-2.26.4 [2.24.1-r1] [ebuild U ] dev-libs/atk-2.4.0 [2.2.0] [ebuild U ] media-video/mplayer-1.1-r1 [1.0_rc4_p20110322-r1] USE="iconv*" [ebuild U ] gnome-extra/libgsf-1.14.23 [1.14.22] USE="-introspection%" [ebuild U ] net-libs/gnutls-2.12.20 [2.12.18] [ebuild U ] x11-themes/gnome-icon-theme-3.4.0 [] [ebuild U ] gnome-base/librsvg-2.36.1 [2.34.2] [ebuild U ] x11-libs/gtk -2.24.12 [2.24.10-r1] [i3][root][~] I read that section of the emerge man page, and it talks about CONFIG_PROTECT and CONFIG_PROTECT_MASK. -- Walter Dnes It's sys-apps/portage- My /etc/portage/is attached. Now 5 minutes later, it wants me to remove the "iconv" flag. * Short story Flash does not work on linux midori without this option * Long story.The tone of the message seems to indicate there is something wrong with my /etc/portage/file. I start my USE with "-*" so I have to put a lot of stuff in When I ran etc-update, here are the changes it wanted to make to .. See "I got midori working, including Flash" which I posted on the 15th in this forum.

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