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Macbook 5.2 and latest alsa

Well I patiently waited for this and it now finally seems to work!

Just add:
options snd_hda_intel model=mb5

in this file: /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf

Reboot and there it is.


Scripting with the Entropy codebase

I’m not a python developer myself at all, but I was just curious about the great codebase that Fabio wrote and documented.

Knowing I have the repository database on my hard disc I figured it should be simple to let it list the last 100 changed packages.

This is how its done:

# -*- coding: iso-8859-1 -*-
from entropy.client.interfaces import Client
import time

client = Client()
repo = client.open_repository("")
cur = repo._cursor().execute

for row in repo._cursor().execute('SELECT `extrainfo`.`datecreation`,`baseinfo`.`atom` FROM `baseinfo`,`extrainfo` WHERE `baseinfo`.`idpackage` = `extrainfo`.`idpackage` ORDER BY `extrainfo`.`datecreation` DESC LIMIT 100'):
	my_time = float(row[0])
	human_time = time.strftime("%a, %d %b %Y %H:%M:%S +0000", time.localtime(my_time))
	print human_time,' ',row[1]


If you want to know about the table layout, visually, you can use dev-db/sqlitebrowser

The database is located here:


or here


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Sabayon 5.2 (soon to be released) on macbook 5.2

For the record I want to explain how to get 5.2 (as soon its out) can be installed successfully on a macbook 5.2 .

I take it one knows about refit, if not RTFM.

The first thing todo when booting the LiveDVD is edit the boot parameters and append: maxcpus=1 . Otherwise the kernel will panic (acpi issue).
Alternatively you can just disable all acpi but this will not do any good for day2day usage of the macbook.

Ok we start installer and we create 1 partition /dev/sda3 I used ext4, works just fine.
In the installer you need to check a box for advanced grub options and
select to NOT install it in MBR but in /dev/sda3 instead.
Personally I think this step actually is a bit buggy because after a
succesfull installation and syncing partition tables in refit you will
get a message that there is no operating system found if you try to
boot the linux partition. This is because it seems that grub2 actually
didn’t install there at all.

To fix this I booted live again to manually install grub here are the
excact steps todo it:

open a terminal, become root

– mkdir sabayon && mount /dev/sda3 sabayon
– mount -o bind /proc sabayon/proc
– chroot sabayon
– grub2-install /dev/sda3 –force (I guess its this step where it went /dev/null during installation process)
– equo update && equo install grub (this will auto generate the shiny
sabayon grub2 theme and detect the kernels)
– exit

Now reboot and there it is. Keep in mind that you still might need to append the maxcpus=1 flag to your line, to perm edit that line you can have a look in /boot/grub/grub.cfg


KDE 4.4 beta2 in Limbo now

This version will eventually never make it in the main repositories.

It can have some bugs and crashes. If you want to give it a try just do with limbo attached equo install kde-meta.

Incase you get a masked package remember that you can unmask packages like this:

echo “media-libs/gluon-9999” >> /etc/entropy/packages/package.unmask

(this post was written in Blogilo, a program that ships with KDE 4.4)

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Creating Entropy sets

You use your Sabayon Desktop to your taste and you kinda always want to install the same thing when you freshly install Sabayon. Taken this idea there are sets you can create yourself or use the provided ones from entropy.

Here is an example how to make one for e.g. Gnome on a Core install. (or on a KDE install)
all sets are stored in /etc/entropy/packages/sets , so in my example I’ll use what will be our stock Gnome set for Core:
create an empty file:
touch /etc/entropy/packages/sets/gnome
and put in these atoms:
Save the file and do this:
equo install @gnome
The example set will actually be available in Entropy by default so there will be no need for creating this one, but I can imagine that you install Core and only want to install apache, PHP, MySQL and perhaps some additional packages. For such thing I encourage you to write a set and keep it stored somewhere safe in case you ever do a fresh install again.

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Sabayon 5.0 update

Its been a little while since I posted on this blog but let me tell you in short whats going to happen very soon:
– Sabayon 5.0 Release Candidate 1 will be released for testing.
The Sabayon testing team went through 2 beta stages to get here so it should be fine for most people to check out. If the RC1 makes it through testing team it will be marked as 5.0.
– Chromium is here! No not only the chromium-bin version, but the chromium version build against our tree. (Entropy) and yes it works with flash!
– You can migrate to Sabayon branch 5 now using the following procedure:
  • Make sure you have latest entropy version on branch 4
  • equo hop 5
  • equo update
  • equo upgrade
Keep in mind that there is NO more support for KDE 3.x If your system has KDE 3.x installed don’t expect it to work after you’ve migrated to branch 5.
– We’ve migrated to latest libxcb-1.4
– Sabayon 5 will be more bleeding edge then ever! And we are planning keeping things updated daily using a testing repository. On the next release (5.1) all packages from testing repository will flow into the mainline repository.
– Latest beta 9.10 ATI fglrx are in entropy
– Kernel 2.6.31
So expect all off this coming to you very soon.

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Jumping into Branch 5

At this point of writing it feels like the branch is fairly in shape enough. I’ve added KDE 4.3 RC2 from kde-testing overlay to work towards the final KDE 4.3 release.

As we speak a migration tool is being written to handle certain things that must be done after you hop into branch 5. If you are a little dare devil and want to jump into branch 5 ( equo hop 5 ) you need to keep in mind these steps.

  • Do I realise that I’m about to download 800 – 1000 packages and I have enough free disc space to survive that operation.
  • It’s important, since its a binary tree, that you complete equo upgrade (or what we used to call equo world)
  • I’m not sure when the migration tools will be implemented but since we jumped to Python 2.6 you need to check eselect python list and see if its set to this.
  • You will most likely need to equo install gcc and run gcc-config and set it to the latest gcc version
  • You need to run binutils-config to manauly select a profile.
  • The lowest kernel is a 2.26.30 you need to check with eselect kernel if its set to it and maybe manualy add the entry in /boot/grub/grub.conf
  • Right now there is no new artwork available in branch 5 so it will kinda look the same.
If none of above stop you from trying the new branch, well its there for you.



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