Catching up

Gary E. Miller gem at
Mon Jan 8 20:40:41 UTC 2018

Yo Richard!

On Sun, 7 Jan 2018 23:03:41 -0600
Richard Laager via devel <devel at> wrote:

> I did some light looking at eselect, and it seems it uses various
> mechanisms under the hood to implement the selection, depending on the
> situation.

Yeah, 'various'.  More than I can keep track of.  But the command line
level is pretty straightforward and easy to use, once you get a feel
for it.

It is great to have the flexibility of system level, user level,
session level and package level configurability.  Sometimes there
is a package you HAVE to use that requires some odd ball version of
something and Gentoo allows that, without penalizing the rest of the

> I asked about symlinks because Debian has an "alternatives" system
> which is used for a somewhat different purpose. It manages symlinks
> for multiple independent implementations providing the same
> functionality. For example, it manages whether /usr/bin/awk is
> provided by gawk or mawk. It is also system-wide.

Gentoo also uses symlinks for a lot.  Usually for very basic system
level things like 32bit or 64 bit: /usr/lib used to be a link to
/usr/lib32 or /usr/lib64.

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