[ALUG] Gentoo kernel installation hangs while removing something under /var

Dan Hatton vi5u0-alug at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Jun 12 13:04:47 BST 2009

Dear All,

Any idea what might be going on in the following, please?

I'm installing Gentoo from the latest (20090606, IIRC) installation
CD, on a new machine.  I followed the handbook as far as attempting to
install a kernel with

emerge tuxonice-sources

(I also tried the more standard emerge gentoo-sources, with the same

The emerge process (or rather, a process started by it) hangs just
after applying patches to the kernel.  top reveals that almost all the
CPU is being taken up by an attempt to rm something under
$(chroot)/var.  the exact pathname of the "something" scrolled
off-screen before I could catch it, but it looked like it was probably
a directory full of patches.

When I killed the rm process, emerge carried on nicely, and put a
kernel source tree where I'd expect it, in $(chroot)/usr/src.  That
kernel configured OK, and at least started to compile OK before I had
to leave it to go do my day job.

So what's the problem, apart from that it's kind of inelegant for an
install process to hang and need special measures by the user?  If
this sort of thing happens on other packages too, the stuff that
should have been rm'd and hasn't will pretty quickly fill the small
partition I've mounted as $(chroot)/var.

Possible explanations welcome.




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