Being the unemployed loser with too many spare machines and too many hours between 'honing my resume' (the flash banner that writhed infinitely suggested I do that) before having yet another conversation that is a half step above trying to have a conversation with one of those automated switchboard 'bots (Please say the last four letters of the extension you are trying to reach. When finished hit the pound key) I did a quick install of Sabayon last night and am trying to clean up the end result tonight. The previous sentence is a work of evil.
I really like Sabayon because I really like Gentoo. Initially I even liked the total lack of installer that sort of defines Gentoo as the super cool go fast, fast, fast distribution. Like any other process that eats up the better part of two days, the third or forth time you begin to wish that when something went awry with a huge emerge that your machine would also detonate like an atom bomb and spare you the misery of fiddling around with USE flags for a while and hoping that the end result (a couple hours later) will be less catastrophic. This is really the usefulness of a meta-meta distribution. If possible I would like to avoid another manual Gentoo install but I love the way the distribution is assembled otherwise.
I installed the mini version that fits on a single CD after spending fruitless hours trying to satisfy the bottomless pit of torture that the full DVD seems to be for me. The md5sums were fine but I had spectacularly inconsistent results every single time I tried to use either anaconda or the text based installer. Sometimes the install would hang when trying to configure network cards, sometimes it would hang 'preparing the live CD environment', and sometimes I would see the installer in a language only H.P. Lovecraft could dream up and then when it seemed like progress was further along (more screens of gibberish than when anaconda was spitting out English) it would hang. After nearly giving up I decided to just download the mini CD and it flew right through the install in a matter of 20 minutes (slower machine with minimal RAM) without a single complaint.
All of that was fine, I guess. It was only after I realized that packages.gentoo.org was down as of sometime today that the despair really kicked in. Manually scrolling through the Escher-esque levels of directories that compose the portage structure I realized that I really, really dislike the ports system. I will never again complain when the Gentoo packages site lags a little or takes forever to cough up search results. I miss you dear friend. Please come back soon before my fingers are worn down to nubs after typing cd .. for the nine hundredth time in a twenty minute span. Oh, and curse you FreeBSD for making the idea of digging through a trillion directories seem like a sane way to manage software installations.
The full story about what the hell happened to a bunch of Gentoo services has been sitting there in the limbo of a opened and immediately forgotten tab for a long time. I'm posting here to undo that bad hoodoo.