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"System time" page revert

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Hi. You reverted my edit at System time, but could you have a look at my comment at its talk page? I think my edit was rational.

Thanks a lot for your effort in Gentoo. Best regards. --Teika (talk) 07:21, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

"Assumption is not true"?

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Hello, can you clarify what you meant by "Assumption is not true"? I just tried it and I had no problem compiling it. TheEvilSkeleton (talk) 16:33, 20 March 2020 (UTC) TheEvilSkeleton}}

Here's the proof: TheEvilSkeleton (talk) 16:39, 20 March 2020 (UTC)TheEvilSkeleton

That the file has to be .patch and not .diff is not true --Grknight (talk) 16:48, 20 March 2020 (UTC)
Where does it indicate? All I saw were .patch everywhere in /etc/portage/patches, and none of them were clearly mentioned that '.diff's can be used too. Probably it was really obvious but I didn't notice it; who knows? TheEvilSkeleton (talk) 21:39, 20 March 2020 (UTC)TheEvilSkeleton
It is not as well documented, but accepted per PMS --Grknight (talk) 14:31, 21 March 2020 (UTC)

Knowledge Base:Emerge out of memory

Thank you very much for the cleanup and improving formatting! I hope you don't mind if I restore code example for chapter "Very low memory" — I think it is always better with example. --Vazhnov (talk) 16:59, 18 May 2020 (UTC)


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No, Gentoo has not replaced gdisk with fdisk. They are two totally separate programs. The install environment provided by Gentoo will have both. However, to get gdisk inside the real system, you'll need to emerge gptfdisk (which provides gdisk). --Grknight (talk) 19:39, 22 July 2020 (UTC)

You know, I thought better of this, so I removed it from the comments I posted on the Handbook:AMD64 page. But writing it up was a lot of work, so I kept a copy for myself. Better just to copy it to my hard disk, I guess. If I really want to make a comment, I'll post it on a Wiki page. Stuff on my own page is just a scratch pad, so far as I'm concerned.
I did figure out that there's a package "sys-apps/gptfdisk" available in the Gentoo repository (which I have not installed -- I don't really need it). I also rebooted the minimal installation USB stick I used to create my Gentoo system, and I see that "fdisk" is present in the /sbin directory. But I can't find "gdisk" anywhere on that system. So I still think the "Preparing the disks" article needs some patching up. At that point, a new Gentoo user can only run the programs provided by the intallation system. Why muddy the waters with a program he can't use?
I'm also curious: do you know of a utility program that can read a "squashfs" archive? It looks as if that's where all the executables live on the Gentoo installation USB stick. The Linux kernel can obviously expand it. It would be more convenient to poke my nose inside the "image.squashfs" -- if I knew how -- than it is to reboot the installation system each time I need to verify something about the installation environment. --Davidbryant (talk) 13:27, 23 July 2020 (UTC)
signed again --Davidbryant (talk) 15:27, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

xbacklight on Sway

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Hi! Thanks for your edit on Sway Are you sure xbacklight works on Sway which uses Wayland? --Niyumard (talk) 13:40, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

x11-apps/xbacklight is unlikely to work on Sway. However, sys-power/acpilight provides an xbacklight command which does the exact same thing as your light command in the article using the same /sys interface. This allows scripts and people familiar with the xbacklight command form to more easily move to supported methods in the kernel. --Grknight (talk) 13:51, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
Perfect, Thank you again for your contribution. --Niyumard (talk) 14:47, 8 September 2020 (UTC)


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I hope it is adequate to move it to main space once it is ready, that's why it's OK that the links don't work yet. Zulu Foxtrott (talk) 15:56, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

No, it will not. This will stay in your User space. There is too much divergence from the Handbook and that is the only official source of installs on this wiki. Other things must be in User space to show that it is a user's guide. --Grknight (talk) 15:58, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Hi, why no support for webp?

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Webp is already supported by all major browsers

Vitaly-zdanevich (talk) 22:58, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

Vitaly-zdanevich : While that is true, mediawiki needs ffmpeg to support webp and it was generating an error stating it does not currently. For now, it is unsupported here on the wiki. --Grknight (talk) 01:24, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

How to get the navigation buttons from the official handbook ?

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I saw your last fix for my edit, thanks! I thought I will use that to ask you if you know how to get the navigation buttons from the official handbook in other wiki pages ? This menu:

If so can you show me which code it is ? I will add those the entirety of the the complete handbook. It simplifies the navigation. adelks (talk) 16:32, 23 March 2021 (UTC)

This is a special included page which is only meant for use by the Handbook. --Grknight (talk) 16:35, 23 March 2021 (UTC)
I suppose that we can't use it in the normal wiki, then ? sad. Thanks! adelks (talk)

Broken Invocation template

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Hi I think invocation template might be broken. Since you seem an expert I decided to consult with you. Do you care to look at the template in question? --Niyumard (talk) 19:42, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

I see no error if you can explain, then perhaps things could be looked at. --Grknight (talk) 12:52, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Labeled Section Transclusion Support?

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I'm not sure if you missed my suggestion in the Gentoo Wiki:Feedback or not, but I would really like to see the Labeled Section Transclusion plug-in added to the Gentoo wiki. It will make reusing content easy and allow large texts like the handbooks obey the "Don't Repeat Yourself" (DRY) principle even with multiple variants. Do you have any thoughts on this? —JGaz (talk) 02:27, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

I have no thoughts besides the fact that the Handbook is already intricately woven in such a way and with translations that such an extension will not be used there. --Grknight (talk) 12:54, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

Image licensing

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I got my knuckes rapped because I included a couple of screen shots without an explicit licence on one of my user pages. However, I don't know the correct way to code them to include licences. The Gentoo Wiki:Guidelines mention neither the requirement nor how to meet it (neither does the Image section wiki help section).

I also notice there are a couple of "catch-all" statements: one on the very page on which I'm typing this saying "Please note that all contributions to Gentoo Wiki are considered to be released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license (see Gentoo_Wiki:Copyrights for details). If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here. You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource." and the other at the bottom of each Gentoo wiki page (including the user page in question) saying it's licensed under the CC-BY-SA-3.0. This to my mind covers everything, though I'm willing to learn why not. Goverp (talk) 15:49, 5 July 2021 (UTC)

There are many examples of uploads as shown in the list of licensed examples. In addition, the upload page itself displays the rules including license requirements. I don't mean to have this be negative in any way. Just completion to the rules that are established. --Grknight (talk) 16:50, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

Translated page of "Full Installation" not showing up

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Hi, Grknight,

I saw you made some edit which links individual installation parts in the Full installation page for AMD64 architecture. Thanks a lot for that.

Until yesterday i was able to see the full handbook translated in tamil. Right now when i visit the page it tagged my page as "Pages where template include size is exceeded". I have no idea why this is happening. All I did was translate what is given as strings in mediawiki. Looking for your guidance, Thank you. --Kingoflove (talk) 04:34, 26 August 2021 (UTC)

This is a limitation of the wiki that will need to be worked through. Nothing that you can do about it as long as the translations are not changing the Templates or other processing code. The "Full" pages may need to be rethought as other languages are also close to their max. --Grknight (talk) 12:23, 26 August 2021 (UTC)
I'm sorry because I really don't know what have I done. The Handbook Parts page looks normal. Normally would show error if i left some brackets open. But apart from this i didn't get any errors. Can i get any help from you or the handbook team for this. I don't know how to check my edits. --Kingoflove (talk) 13:18, 26 August 2021 (UTC)
There is nothing you have done or can do to fix it. Literally the "Full" pages have hit a Template limit and the wiki team needs to figure out how to split such pages or fix the underlying problem. This appeared earlier for 2 other languages which are temporarily fixed, but will appear again if certain parts of the Handbook are adjusted. Make no mistake, you are not the cause by doing the translation. --Grknight (talk) 15:15, 26 August 2021 (UTC)
Sorry, I thought I have done something wrong. Now I completely understand. Thank you so much for spending time and clarifying my issue. --Kingoflove (talk) 15:34, 26 August 2021 (UTC)

Please join #gentoo-wiki on Libera.Chat

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Hey Brian Evans (Grknight) , we've been missing you in the #gentoo-wiki (webchat) channel on the new IRC. I sent you an email, but I don't think you saw it. Anyway, please rejoin the channel so that we can discuss wiki things easier in the future. Libera chat staff freed up your nick name many months ago. Thank you! --Maffblaster (talk) 16:58, 26 August 2021 (UTC)

HEY, Brian Evans (Grknight) ! Are you all right? I've tried to get in contact with you a couple of different ways... Not sure how to do so properly. Please let me know. Thank you, --Maffblaster (talk) 16:32, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
I don't plan to reside on IRC any longer. Email will still work. --Grknight (talk) 16:36, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for getting back to me. Email will work. I sent an email a while back and didn't see a response, so I wasn't sure about the viability of that communication venue. I'll write you emails! --Maffblaster (talk) 16:39, 30 August 2021 (UTC)

Apache article

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Hi Grknight !!

I was moving the three "PHP" sections from the Apache article to the PHP article, and was planning to immediately add a section to the Apache article about using web server frameworks with it, in which I planned to link to the PHP article, and also to the Django and Rails articles, which also contain instructions for getting them to work with Apache. Is there a reason not to do this ? Should I have gone about this some other way ? Thanks :).

reverted edit

Ris (talk) 20:51, 27 October 2021 (UTC)

This seems like a lot of extra work to lose the translated data for something so trivial. Then have all the same info re-translated on another page in every language. This should stay as is for what was changed. --Grknight (talk) 22:24, 27 October 2021 (UTC)
I see, thanks !!
(thanks for adding the talk template too, btw - and the "Special:Diff" link will be good to know and remember too :) )
Ris (talk) 23:15, 27 October 2021 (UTC)


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Hi Grknight !!

I'm sure the page deletions are normal, but I'm just worried that the work will still be accessible for the test templates I started on... I'm still looking into it, but when the pages are deleted, the links to the template (which may have been wrong) disappear from my watchlist, and I'm unsure of how to access the templates afterwards, as I don't even know their names... I'm sure everything is fine, but just a heads up while I'm looking into it, just in case... -- Ris (talk)

You can always find your own pages using the Special:PrefixIndex tool --Grknight (talk) 18:44, 1 November 2021 (UTC)
Perfect, thank you !! After trawling through the user pages, and searches, I was only able to find one template and I was getting worried xD. To be honest, I'm not really comfortable not having a backup of the wiki...
Thanks for all the corrections btw, I know I don't always get all the details, but I'll learn eventually :).
-- Ris (talk) 19:00, 1 November 2021 (UTC)

Mingw use flag with Wine for playing games

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I tried to play Overwatch with system wine without mingw months ago and it just couldn't start. I find it very suspect that one can run any game without `x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc` and `i686-w64-mingw32-gcc` since afaik all those PE files are simply not produced any longer. I will try again to confirm.

--adelks (talk) 14:06, 10 March 2022 (UTC)

I wouldn't doubt that some games may need such things (whatever PE files are) but not all games. For years, I played FFXI on Gentoo wine without such a flag. --Grknight (talk) 14:09, 10 March 2022 (UTC)
Indeed, upstream Wine does still support without-mingw builds, but such builds are a lot less tested. FFXI actually works as an example of an application that started malfunctioning when running via Wine that was built without MinGW; I reported it as a bug in Wine, and it got fixed. With some games (such as Overwatch) that lean on anti-cheat software, the PE files help with getting them working since basically the game sees actual DLL files like it would under Windows, instead of the Wine fake DLLs, though I think I'm forgetting the actual details on the why there. --Chiitoo (talk) 23:55, 10 March 2022 (UTC)

mount.nfs4: Network is unreachable

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You removed the troubleshooting section "mount.nfs4: Network is unreachable" on the nfs-utils page with the reason poor advice.

Do you mind expanding that thought?

The three solutions are supposed to work, two of them worked for me and the third one should, in theory, work.

My point to maintain that section is to provide a solution to a problem that is real and more people may face. Right now, there is no solution for the problem and there is no intuitive way to get to the solutions that I wrote.

--Patomas (talk) 07:09, 16 November 2022 (UTC)

I just saw your comment on the talk page, for some reason it didn't load before, may be I was lookging at a past version or did something wrong. I'm reading it now.


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Hi Brian Evans (Grknight) ! I was wondering if there was some sort of policy on redlinks ? I'd like to write something up in the help pages so that things are clear for everyone. I've been removing them since I noticed that you remove them, though from time to time I've left one for pages that I think really need an article. Thanks, and all the best -- Ris (talk) 14:32, 23 February 2023 (UTC)

IMO, links like that are not likely to have articles written. If an author is planning on writing an article in the near future, then such a link is fine to create. Most of the links I change have changed or removed over time. I would rather have new articles written than tons of stale links in Wanted pages all of the time. I don't make a policy on this just my opinion. --Grknight (talk) 14:44, 23 February 2023 (UTC)
OK, seems fair! I'll just write some general thing like "please write articles rather than use redlinks" in the hope to nudge people away from making redlinks that get stale and hopefully towards starting articles then :). Still won't be policy, but a nice suggestion to do things better shouldn't hurt. Thanks for the input!! -- Ris (talk) 14:59, 23 February 2023 (UTC)

New global requirements for links and span tags?

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Hello Brian Evans (Grknight) ,

I'm wondering what's going on with this change Special:Diff/1177546/1188448. Could you please provide some context and or upstream links as to why this change is necessary? To take the change at face value, this will cause a MAJOR rework effort across hundreds of pages and moves away from the way internal links are defined on Wikipedia and other wikis... Please help me understand what necessitated the change?

I'm seeing you update several pages with the new link format. If all the internal links across the wiki absolutely MUST be changed, then I'm proposing we discuss go-forward options as wiki project members before making any more global changes. Perhaps a creating a new interlink template would be better in the event that another global change is needed? Let's discuss.

Thank you, --Maffblaster (talk) 21:27, 24 February 2023 (UTC)

Matthew Marchese (Maffblaster) : I sent you an email on this through the wiki. I started looking at this as recommended at Translate markup help for links and I was following what the Page Preparation special page was doing for sections (which also is activates this Special:MyLangugage). I am testing this on a few key pages and then putting it up for discussion. --Grknight (talk) 21:46, 24 February 2023 (UTC)

I didn't see your email until after starting the discussion here. Unless you disagree, we can continue our wiki project discussions via email and once we have a go-forward proposition, perhaps then open it up to anyone in the community who wants to weigh in. Catch you on email! --Maffblaster (talk) 22:09, 24 February 2023 (UTC)

Reverted move of riscv page

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Re: the revert of moving User:Maffblaster/Drafts/StarFive_VisionFive_2 into the main wiki namespace:

I had reached out and had explicit permission to move this page into the main wiki namespace. Please contact me first next time?

Kangie (talk) 12:52, 26 May 2023 (UTC)

I can confirm this. We discussed on IRC and I approved. Thank you! --Maffblaster (talk) 03:56, 27 May 2023 (UTC)

Sorry to see you go

You did a lot of good work. Wishing you all the best for the future! -- Ris (talk) 14:50, 1 June 2023 (UTC)

To add to Ris's words, I wish all the best to you and thank you for all the help you have given me over the last year or two to improve my writing skills and I've missed not having your eye keeping me in check :)
Immolo (talk) 12:18, 11 November 2023 (UTC)

Bogus delete request

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Is there a reason why User_talk:ROB1 should be kept? Because I don't see any. What happens if someone registers a user with the name "ROB1"? Wouldn't the page belong to the new user? --Lars Hint (talk) 14:06, 11 April 2024 (UTC)

The user ROB1 is still registered. Nothing indicates otherwise. --Grknight (talk) 14:11, 11 April 2024 (UTC)
Huh? The discussion has ROB1's signature, but there are no commits made by ROB1 in the page history. I thought that indicated that the user had been completely deleted. --Lars Hint (talk) 14:15, 11 April 2024 (UTC)
Ah, I get it, the conversation was moved from another page. Uh, thank you. --Lars Hint (talk) 14:21, 11 April 2024 (UTC)


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As far I understand, the examples in Help:Links are outdated (they don't use special links)? May I ask you to review the article as I don't have enough knowledge about which examples are outdated? --Lars Hint (talk) 14:46, 11 April 2024 (UTC)