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Schultz
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General info about Gentoo

Post by Schultz » Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:43 pm

I know this really doesn't have anything to do with gentoox but here goes..

Ok i was having a problem with install xfce (running pro edition) emerge was failing so i went to your faq and found this

· Problems installing XFCE? (Emerge failed)

1) Make sure your clock is set.
2) emerge -C virtual/modutils
3) Re-run magic.

of couse i did this and everything works.. i know that the -C command is used to remove this package. I am just wondering what is this virutal/modutils package... ? I know the normal modutils which is part of the sys-apps catagory..

So my question just is whats the virutal catagory and why was it preventing it from working.. Thanks..

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Post by nobspangle » Sun Sep 05, 2004 2:58 pm

virtuals are like generic packages for which there are one or more options. An example would be kernel sources, any package that requires kernel-sources will depend on virtual/linux-sources but this could be any of the sources (vanilla, gentoo, development etc.)
Other common examples are cron, logger, mta, java and now the X server (xorg or xfree)

On my box I have module-init-tools providing virtual/modutils
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Post by Schultz » Sun Sep 05, 2004 3:37 pm

ok i think i understand.. thanks for the explanation.

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