At the boot, after the keyboard configuration, the following error messages are shown:
* WARNING: rc_sys not defined in rc.conf. Falling back to automatic detection
* Configuring kernel parameters ...
mkdir: cannot create directory '/var/run': File exists
* failed to create needed directory /var/run
*ERROR: bootmisc failed to start
After this, dhcpcd and syslog-ng fail to start.
I believe the problem is the following broken symlinks in /var: run, mail, lock, and lib/misc. Therefore, the manual workaround is as follows:
# rm -rf /var/lock
# rm -rf /var/mail
# rm -rf /var/lib/misc
# rm -rf /var/run
# mkdir /var/lock
# mkdir /var/run
# mkdir /var/lib/misc
# mkdir /var/mail
# /etc/init.d/dhcpcd start
# /etc/init.d/syslog-ng start
This bug is in addition to the problems with nano, etc. not running with the latest minimal installation CD.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from above mentioned CD image
2. Notice the errors after selecting the keymap
The services did not start properly, and error messages were displayed.
The system should have booted properly, as the previous release did.
Running on: VirtualBox, Apple MacBook Pro 8,1 OS X Host, Intel Core i5-2415M, 4 GB RAM.
I can confirm this. Same problem on VirtualBox, Apple MacBook Pro 8,2. A very similar problem also affects install-amd64-minimal-20121107.iso making it unusable as well.
One message seen earlier which may be related:
No cdupdate.sh script found, skipping...
Attempting to manually start dhcpcd yields:
dhcpcd: open `/var/run/dhcpcd.pid': No such file or directory
On 20121107, dhcpcd runs but throws lots of errors related to /run not found, is unable to create /etc/resolv.conf
We have a new CD working and this version is being dropped from the mirrors.
 - http://distfiles.gentoo.org/releases/amd64/autobuilds/20121210/