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Bug 113870

Summary: Step 5 of the handbook does not list all possible "alternate installation" sources for Portage
Product: [OLD] Docs-user Reporter: Robin McNeill <063637m>
Component: HandbookAssignee: Docs Team <docs-team>
Severity: normal    
Priority: High    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: x86   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description Robin McNeill 2005-11-28 20:16:44 UTC
I am following the handbook for a gentoo installation using the Universal
Installation CD. Step 5a gives us the choice between downloading a Stage
tarball, or using the one already contained on the installation CD. This is
good, as there is already a Stage tarball on my CD, so I used it. However,
further down in this page, it states that I *must* install a Portage snapshot
which is downloaded from the internet. No alternate option is mentioned. The
handbook should mention that there is a Portage snapshot already contained
within the Universal Installation CD at
/mnt/cdrom/snapshot/portage-200.1.tar.bz2 which can be used instead of a
downloaded version.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Read the handbook =)
Comment 1 Xavier Neys (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-11-29 08:23:13 UTC
That was done on purpose.
The networkless handbook uses the snapshot on the CD because there's no other
The handbook that requires an Internet connection asks to download a snapshot
because it's faster than to use the snapshot and then run `emerge --sync`. FYI,
the snapshot on the CD is 5 months old.