Minecraft is a sandbox game developed by Mojang. The game was developed in Java by creator Markus "Notch" Persson and has been ported to several platforms throughout its development lifecycle. Since the public early alpha release in 2009, the game has sold over 200 million copies making it one of the best selling video games of all time.
Minecraft can be installed using any number of available launchers. While some can be compiled from source, it is recommended to install the package using Portage as this ensures the correct Java builds are installed and maintained on your system.
The games-action/minecraft-launcher package can be found in the GURU overlay. Installation is relatively simple, however if you're unsure about using Overlays, it's recommended you view the wiki, as well as the Layman and Eselect-Repository pages.
Add the GURU repository:
eselect repository enable guru
To add the GURU repository using Layman:
layman --add guru
After adding the repositories, you may find it necessary to sync Portage:
To install the Minecraft package using portage, execute:
emerge --ask games-action/minecraft-launcher
Removing an external repository installation
Remove the minecraft-launcher ebuild:
emerge --ask --depclean --verbose games-util/minecraft-launcher
Minecraft launcher errors
Errors with this package are uncommon, however the following have been noted:
- A specific error throwing "Alarm" and "SaveToBuffer failed" several seconds after launching
minecraft-launcherhas been noted and is solvable by setting the use flag
- In some instances when executing
minecraft-launcherthe following output is produced:
[0229/184549.183275:ERROR:sandbox_linux.cc(346)] InitializeSandbox() called with multiple threads in process gpu-process.
This can be resolved by issuing the following options in conjunction with minecraft-launcher: