Gentoo HPPA Handbook

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HPPA Handbook
Installation
About the installation
Choosing the media
Configuring the network
Preparing the disks
Installing stage3
Installing base system
Configuring the kernel
Configuring the system
Installing tools
Configuring the bootloader
Finalizing
Working with Gentoo
Portage introduction
USE flags
Portage features
Initscript system
Environment variables
Working with Portage
Files and directories
Variables
Mixing software branches
Additional tools
Custom package repository
Advanced features
Network configuration
Getting started
Advanced configuration
Modular networking
Wireless
Adding functionality
Dynamic management

This is the Gentoo Handbook, an effort to centralize Gentoo Linux information. This Handbook contains the installation instructions for an Internet-based installation and basic instructions about working with Portage, Gentoo's package manager.

Installing Gentoo

About the Gentoo Linux installation
This chapter introduces the installation approach documented in this handbook.
Choosing the right installation medium
It is possible to install Gentoo in many ways. This chapter explains how to install Gentoo using the minimal Installation CD.
Configuring the network
To be able to download the latest source code, networking will need to be configured.
Preparing the disks
Before Gentoo can be installed, the necessary partitions must be created. This chapter describes how to partition a disk.
Installing the Gentoo installation files
The basic Gentoo system is downloaded as a stage3 archive. This chapter explains how to download and extract the archive, and also how to configure Portage, Gentoo's package management program.
Installing the Gentoo base system
After installing and configuring the stage3, the base system is set up so that a minimal environment is available.
Configuring the Linux kernel
The Linux kernel is the core of every distribution. This chapter explains how to configure the kernel.
Configuring the system
Some important configuration files must be created. This chapter provides an overview of these files and explains how to tailor the configuration.
Installing system tools
In this chapter some important tools are selected and installed.
Configuring the bootloader
In this chapter the right bootloader is installed and configured.
Finalizing the installation
The installation is now almost done. The last finishing touches are documented in this chapter.

Working with Gentoo

A Portage introduction
This chapter explains simple steps readers must understand to maintain the software on their system.
USE flags
USE flags are a very important aspect of Gentoo. In this chapter, readers learn to work with USE flags and understand how USE flags interact with their system.
Portage features
Discover the features Portage has, such as support for distributed compiling, ccache, and more.
Init script system
Gentoo uses a special initscript format which, among other features, allows dependency-driven decisions and virtual initscripts. This chapter explains all these aspects and explains how to deal with these scripts.
Environment variables
Environment variables can be easily managed with Gentoo. This chapter explains how to do that, and also describes frequently used variables.

Working with Portage

Files and directories
To know Portage in-depth, first learn where it stores its files and data.
Variables
Portage is completely configurable, with several options that can be set in a configuration file, or as environment variables.
Mixing software branches
Gentoo provides software separated in several branches, depending on stability and architectural support. "Mixing Software Branches" explains how these branches can be configured and how to override this separation individually.
Additional tools
Portage comes with a few extra tools that might make the Gentoo experience even better. Read on to discover how to use dispatch-conf and other tools.
Custom package repository
This chapter gives some tips and tricks on how to use a custom package repository, how to synchronize only the required categories, how to inject packages, and more.
Advanced features
As time passes, Portage evolves and matures. New features are continually being added. Many of these are useful only to the more experienced user. This chapter explains some of Portage's newer features.


Gentoo network configuration

Getting started
A guide to quickly get the network interface up and running in most common environments.
Advanced configuration
Here we learn about how the configuration works - this is prerequisite knowledge before continuing with modular networking.
Modular networking
Learn how to choose different DHCP clients, setting up bonding, bridging, VLANs, and more.
Wireless
Configuring Gentoo for wireless networks
Adding functionality
Adventurous users can add their own functions to the networking tools.
Dynamic management
For laptop users or people who move their computer around different networks.




This page is based on a document formerly found on our main website gentoo.org.
The following people contributed to the original document: Grant Goodyear, Roy Marples, Daniel Robbins, Chris Houser, Jerry Alexandratos, Seemant Kulleen, Tavis Ormandy, Jason Huebel, Guy Martin, Pieter Van den Abeele, Joe Kallar, John P. Davis, Pierre-Henri Jondot, Eric Stockbridge, Rajiv Mangliani, Jungmin Seo, Stoyan Zhekov, Jared Hudson, Colin Morey, Jorge Paolo, Carl Anderson, Jon Portnoy, Zack Gilburd, Jack Morgan, Benny Chuang, Erwin, Joshua Kinard, Tobias Scherbaum, Xavier Neys, Joshua Saddler, Gerald J. Normandin Jr., Donnie Berkholz, Ken Nowack, Lars Weiler
They are listed here because wiki history does not allow for any external attribution. If you edit the wiki article, please do not add yourself here; your contributions are recorded on each article's associated history page.

A handbook dedicated to installing and configuring the hppa architecture.