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"Emerge Worl" 8 years 2 months ago #580

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Installed Toorox today, and I am impressed. I am retired, and "play" with linux distros as a hobby. I have been doing this for four years, but know little of the inner workings of linux.

I managed to get a couple of programs installed using Porthole. I then clicked on the "update" button in Porthole, and said "yes" to update world. Two and one half hours later, it finished whatever it was doing. I'm guessing that I brought the system up to date, but I'm not sure of this.

My questions are:

1 What does "update world" really do?
2 Should this be done weekly, monthly, or never?

My early complaint is:

1 Grub only lets me boot Windows or Toorox. I have eight operating systems on the two drives. It would be nice if Grub had picked up all of them.
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Aw: "Emerge Worl" 8 years 2 months ago #584

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Hi Bob,
What does "update world" really do?
After you have installed an application, the package
manager (portage) will add the package name to the
world file in /var/lib/portage/world (take a look at it)
After a sync of your software database, portage then
looks in your world file and compares if newer versions
are available of all added applications in the world file.
If yes, they will be updated.
Should this be done weekly, monthly, or never?
My suggestion: Not too often. Update only the applications
you are using. (KDE, OpenOffice, Icecat ...)

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