On Sunday 01 January 2006 21:18, William Gabriel wrote:

> I want to start this post off by stressing that I am not complaining,
> but merely inquiring.

There is nothing to complain about in what happened to you, it's just the 
expected behaviour if your system is x86 (read on for the details).

> I got comfortable with Ruby, and I now want to install Rails.  I
> started with the typical 'emerge --sync' and found that the most
> recent version of Rails in Portage is 0.13.1.  A lot of work has gone
> into Rails to get it to version 1.0.0, and that is the version I would
> like to install.  Naturally, I would also like Portage to manage the
> installation over manually installing it.

Yes, it's very simple. Create the file /etc/portage/package.keywords (if 
it doesn't exist already) and put the following lines in it:

dev-ruby/rails ~x86
dev-ruby/activerecord ~x86
dev-ruby/activesupport ~x86
dev-ruby/actionmailer ~x86
dev-ruby/actionpack ~x86
dev-ruby/actionwebservice ~x86

Then try to reemerge rails and it shuld bring in version 1.0.0 (depending 
on your setup, it might be necessary to add a few other packages 
in /etc/portage/package.keywords).

> My main question has to do with about how Portage gets updated.  Is
> there some central authority that updates the repository, or is it any
> user that is interested in making a Portage package?  How often does
> software get updated (it seems like Ruby was pretty close to
> up-to-date, but Rails was a little behind).
> Is there any way that I can help update the package?  Is there
> documentation for updating packages?  And where would I find the
> 0.13.1 package source so that I have a base to work with?  And then
> how wou submit the new package to the central repository?

I suggest you read the handbook, part 2 and 3 to get the basics of how 
portage works, and in particular this:


to learn about the different software branches gentoo provides (ie, "x86" 
and "~x86" for the x86 architecture, "sparc" and "~sparc" for the sparc, 

In short, the software you need *is* in portage, but is marked 
"unstable" (~x86). "Unstable" here does not necessarily mean that it 
doesn't work (in that case it would be marked -* or not keyworded at all 
for your arch), but simply that it has not received a sufficient amount 
of testing to be considered "stable". Packages marked ~x86 usually work 
just fine. Some people even run their whole system in ~x86, by changing 
the ACCEPT_KEYWORDS variable in /etc/make.conf.

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