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make modules_prepare

Dcljr (Talkcontribs)

Someone who is familiar with using make modules_prepare when upgrading kernels, please see Talk:Kernel/Upgrade#About 'make modules_prepare' and improve the article as necessary. The way the information is presented in that article makes it very confusing as to when and why one should use make modules_prepare. Personally, I've never understood it, and searching the forums for info hasn't ever clarified it for me.

Search results info is reporting incorrect number of results after first page

SeleniumTestAccount (Talkcontribs)

When you search for a term, and navigate to a search results page beyond the first page, there is an incorrect number of results reported. See for an example. It says "Results 41-40 of 47".

It appears that the first search results page adds the number of Page Title matches and Page Text matches. However, if you navigate to the second results page and there aren't any more Page Title matches, the previous amount of Page Title matches from the first results page is not accounted for resulting in an incorrect number of search results.

Dynamically-generated "USE Flags" sections are broken

Summary by Maffblaster

Provided link to explain why the packages template is broken on occasion.

Yolabingo (Talkcontribs)

for example

USE flags Cannot load package information. Is the atom www-client/firefox correct?

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

Hi, Yolabingo , yes, this is a known issue. The package atom is correct.

Please see

Calculate Linux (spam filter)

Feng (Talkcontribs)

The spam filter blocks the Calculate Linux website (

The text you wanted to save was blocked by the spam filter. This is probably caused by a link to a blacklisted external site. The following text is what triggered our spam filter:


Feng (Talkcontribs)

We may bypass the spam filter removing the protocol name and "www" in the URL.

News Item: July 28, 2017: Word crimes

Summary by Maffblaster

The message titled "Word crimes" is satire. We try to keep things fun.

Lanodan (Talkcontribs)

Seriously, a crime?

We have talks, conferences and whatever on how tech is marginalising people, and BAM this video on the homepage.

Let me summarise the first minutes of the minutes of the video (could not watch more than that without being seriously angry) from my point of view.

> Your grammar sucks, people are making fun of you (and it’s excepted), got eat a dictionary your retard

But actually the message could be more phrased like:

> Hey, if you see mistakes (everyone does make some) like grammar or spelling errors, please edit the page.

And maybe something like "Common Mistakes" link(s), not something that is:

  • non-reusable (it’s not text, it’s a video, you can’t search in it and it’s terribly not accessible)
  • terribly offending

Also, I have dyslexia amongs other things, English is not my native language like most people in the gentoo community. But it doesn’t mean I can’t choose my words and not be rude.


It’s completely disproductive by being rude, non-useable and maybe even other things.

PS: "Preview the result" is broken

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

Hi Lanodan,

I hope this message finds you in good spirits.

The message titled "Word crimes" is satire. It is supposed to be not taken seriously because of it's satirical nature. Perhaps if it was written on April 1st it would have been more timely. It is all right to lighten up and have a little fun around the Gentoo webspace (in fact we've been doing it for years).

Laughter is good medicine for the soul.

Summary by Maffblaster is offline now.

Charles17 (Talkcontribs)

An outdated copy of Gentoo Wiki is found on which is causing confusion.

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

Not sure what we here at the wiki can do about that. I do not believe it's ran by any Gentoo developers. Perhaps you could send an e-mail to the Foundation?

A3li (Talkcontribs)

Nothing we can do.

Charles17 (Talkcontribs)

Finally kind of solved by itself: »ping: unknown host«

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

Okay. We can close this discussion then.

Charles17 (Talkcontribs)

Inspired by and the InfoBox manpage template, would it be possible to have Gentoo itself provide packages' manpages? Could be useful for the InfoBox manpage template and also maybe as an additional "Resources" item in

Project:Android/build - Error in rt-sysroot script

Summary by Maffblaster

User asking for support; left instructions to use support venues for Gentoo support.

X48rph (Talkcontribs)

In the rt-sysroot script there is a sed error, need to change [:digit:] to [[:digit:]] in the line : -e "s,[^:]*(/lib/ld-linux[^.]*\.so(.[:digit:]+)?),${EPREFIX}\1,g" \

Otherwise it gives a sed error and creates an empty specs file

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

Hi X48rph . This is not the place to ask for support. Try the Forums or #gentoo IRC instead.

Feng (Talkcontribs)

The term "overlay" is deprecated and is replaced by the term "ebuild repository"! The "Overlay" and "Overlay Talk" namespaces should be modified accordingly.

N.B: I think we should also choose a diminutive for "ebuild repository". The term "repository" has been reduced to "repos" as in "/etc/portage/repos.conf". Maybe, we could choose "ebd-repos", "e-repos", or "e_repos", ...

Maffblaster (Talkcontribs)

The Gentoo developers still need to discuss this change on a project wide basis, so I am hesitant to make this change until we get the terms solidified and agreed upon. Some developers still like the term 'overlay' to be used for everything except the Gentoo ebuild repository.

Gerdesj (Talkcontribs)

(TEST: Hmm - rubbish formatting here, what triggers noticing a new para ...)

The Gentoo wiki is very good as a MW site. The presentation is fantastic and very approachable - ie someone(s) really know their stuff about design. I run several MW sites myself and contribute in a very minor way to MW's docs and use several other people's/project's MWs, so I feel I have a fair grasp about wikis running on MW.

Each site has many templates, styles and so on that are idiosyncratic to that site. For example I created the original WIP template here and it has sprouted an author tag - cool: that's collaboration in process which is exactly what MW is all about. I was presented with a link to the template help - great: and I fixed my error.

However, most people are not particularly familiar with MW but may want to do docs because that is what they can do. These potential contributors may not be programmers or l33t sysadmins (well they are - they are Gentooers!) or whatever but can string one or two words together. These are the folk we need to enroll and encourage.

There is a link to the Help page on the front page but it is only a Category and a bit rubbish. The front page is very dense and needs weeding.

On my work wiki I put a bloody great link to a simple howto create and edit a page. I found that the shorter I made it the more people contributed. I gradually added links to more advanced stuff at the bottom as References - always in a new tab and people use them.

A handy experiment for user testing is to point, say, your (ideally non technical and non wiki focussed) partner at your wiki and ask them to contribute something with a few minimal pointers and see what they do. You will be amazed at how fast you realize how crap your carefully crafted wiki organisation really is.

I'll happily do the above - a simple set of editor docs - but it is a task that belongs to the owners of the site and I'm not one of those. I'll also drop that since I've added Visual Editor on my sites, I've seen a dramatic increase in contributions.

Cheers Jon

Veremit (Talkcontribs)

Perhaps you can swing by Freenode IRC #gentoo-wiki and it might be possible to discuss some of your ideas with the Wiki admins. Tia.

MalakymR (Talkcontribs)

I'm a new editor and whilst I know about some of the template: pages, it's not always easy for me to find my way there.

I'd guess a link next to the Help link at the top of the Editing page with an overview of options with links to the more detailed pages ie.

Gerdesj (Talkcontribs)

@MalakymR: Bugger that mate. You should not have to fight your way around docs. You probably have something useful to explain to other people, but the last thing you need is trying to fight your way through weird and odd MW related stuff.

You are probably not daft and must have some skills because you are a Gentoo user AND you want to help out other Gentoo users (actually, you'd be surprised how many other Linux users copy our wiki pages or use it as the source for info. and as far as I am concerned - all are welcome here: we are all brothers and sisters)

I mentioned my acid test earlier: get a disinterested user to interact with the site - you learn a lot from that.



MalakymR (Talkcontribs)

You can't have all the detail immediately there though. Which is why the split summary to at least get someone started should work. It's there already in the Help for formatting, a bit more for other objects like RootCmd would be helpful.

I generally agree though - people in the know/developers etc know it so well sometimes they don't see how hard it can be for a newbie to read 50+ pages of docs before getting started.

Though, a barrier to entry isn't the worst thing in some cases, need not be so big though.