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Just update what you need to, including base layout and portage, and as someone already said, be careful with etc-update.
This kind of goes along with what tdb said but do an emerge -up world first to see what packages it wants to upgrade.
Actually it is still the same, but if you search on the gentoo forums, the have fixes for this.
The Gentoo team is aware of this and is working on it. Error: the dev-perl/Ext Utils-Make Maker-6.17 package conflicts with another package.!!!
Be sure to look at the USE flags for any new or interesting features you want on/off. I don't recall adding any "optimization" options beyond Gentoo's own defaults.
If you are running KDE, well, I'm sure you already know the pain involved in emerging it. (no error message)Tried to re-emerge portage (or emerge sync) and get this:/usr/bin/python: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc 5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Safe to say, this thing is hosed... Until some of the more recent portage versions -u caused some headaches for me. Just world, system, or the package with a -D to catch some non world deps sometimes. Not even sure why they leave it in there with all the warnings about it. Architecture is AMD Athlon.edit: Here's some config info:gcc is actually v3.3.2 (dyslexia kicked in above)• I have NO "USE" variables set• CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu"• CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS are commented out, hence no config changes.• Host and optimization settings...
You might even consider an "emerge depclean -p" first and clean things up a little. Only problem that I have is that Gnome kept insisting that it needed xfree86.If a kernel is included in the upgrade and you want to compile it you will need to manually change the /usr/src/linux symlink to point to the new kernel.Also if you have installed any "unstable" packages then you might want to use emerge -U world rather than emerge -u world as the -U is update only.-u will downgrade you to latest stable version for all existing unstable packages.Yes, There have been plenty of baselayout changes since Dec 03.Be careful when you use etc-update after everything is done that you don't let it wipe your basic config files ie: fstab, network etc.