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Thread: Screwed up my Gentoo -- need my files before a rebuild

  1. #1
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    Default Screwed up my Gentoo -- need my files before a rebuild

    Hello,

    I did update some packages long ago, and fixed my problem by avoiding updating anything. I decided to update "portage" 1st before I update selected packages afterwards.


    I did:
    emerge --sync
    emerge -pvuND portage (list of compiled packages tinyurl.com/2bf7ohv)
    revdep-rebuild -q
    perl-rebuild --all -- -q

    Then rebooted my VPS container from the web control panel. Bingo, mission accomplished -- I successfully screwed up my container.

    I can't ping my IP address, nor I can access the Java terminal (gives me connection timeout). So I assume it's not booting.

    Questions (ordered by my preference):
    - Anyway to boot up my container successfully?
    - Can we undo to last healthy sate?
    - If the only way is rebuilding container again, can I get a copy of my files (they are very critical to me)?


    Are there any lists of packages to not emerge, for sake of avoiding my miserable situation?

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    Please send me a PM with your IP address and / or support ticket number. There may be something simple that can be fixed quickly.

    If it isn't something simple, then a reinstall would be the next route. We can reinstall with a backup of the VPS data in /old for $75. A reinstall without a backup of the VPS data in /old can be performed for no charge through the VPS control center.

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    Thanks. I PMed you.

    Kinda off-topic: any plans to provide full Xen hardware virtualization, so that we can happily upgrade/update without worries of kernel issues (slower than paravirtualization, but might appease update-hungry clients like myself).

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    I think this is more of an issue for gentoo is investigate and provide a foolproof upgrade path. Typically Centos and Debian will not have these problems. Different distros will require expertise which is hard to fine.
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    A reboot and file system check looks to have corrected the issue.

    I don't see full hardware virtualization in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt@VPSLink View Post
    A reboot and file system check looks to have corrected the issue.

    I don't see full hardware virtualization in the near future.
    Was it possible for me to do this remotely (e.g. via control panel)?

    Thanks for bringing it up!

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    Not yet. Hoping engineering will put in a file system check tool in the control panel.

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    Awesome! Thank you very much.

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