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Tahoe-LAFS (Least Authority File System) is an encrypted, secure, distributed (fault-tolerant) file system). It does not require trust between parties in order to keep data safe and secure; the only caveat being involved parties must leave their system's connected to the storage network.

tahoe-lafs was removed from gentoo ebuild repository on 2020-01-04 with [1]



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USE flags

There are only a couple USE flags available for Tahoe-LAFS, neither of them incorporate additional functionality. Essentially when more documentation is desired make sure the doc flag is enabled in /etc/portage/package.use.


Install Tahoe:

root #emerge --ask net-fs/tahoe-lafs


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Tahoe can be invoked via:

user $tahoe


Emerge fails

emerge tahoe-lafs fails with a pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound error similar to the following:

CODE Tahoe-LAFS emerge failure
* python2_7: running distutils-r1_run_phase distutils-r1_python_compile
/usr/bin/python2.7 setup.py build
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "setup.py", line 73, in <module>
    import setuptools
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/setuptools/__init__.py", line 11, in <module>
    from setuptools.extension import Extension
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/setuptools/extension.py", line 8, in <module>
    from .dist import _get_unpatched
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/setuptools/dist.py", line 19, in <module>
    import pkg_resources
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 3018, in <module>
    working_set = WorkingSet._build_master()
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 614, in _build_master
    return cls._build_from_requirements(__requires__)
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 627, in _build_from_requirements
    dists = ws.resolve(reqs, Environment())
  File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/pkg_resources/__init__.py", line 805, in resolve
    raise DistributionNotFound(req)
pkg_resources.DistributionNotFound: pycrypto==2.1.0,==2.3,>=2.4.1

The work around to this problem is to roll back the dev-python/setuptools package to an earlier version. It appears version 12.0.1 which is currently marked as stable on amd64 as an issue determining versioning for Python dependencies. Rolling back to version 7.0 should do the trick:

root #emerge --ask =dev-python/setuptools-7.0

After the new version of dev-python/setuptools is installed proceed with installation process as normal.

See also

  • Ceph — a distributed object store and filesystem designed to provide excellent performance, reliability, and scalability.
  • ISCSI — an IP-based network standard and a Storage Area Network (SAN) protocol.

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