System Administration Practice

Revision as of 16:55, January 13, 2014 by Duncan.Britton (Talk)

Keep Portage Tree Up-To-Date

Even if you're not doing a full update every day, you should sync the portage tree and overlays regularly. It will reduce the time that you need to sync tree before a system upgrade. Also, if you just want to install something, it will be installed with latest deps so you will not waste time on upgrading it later. Here is an example script to upgrade portage and overlay every day:

# nano /etc/cron.daily/
if [ ! -f $log ]; then
	touch $log
	chmod 600 $log
	chown root:root $log

echo >> $log
echo "*** autosync started! ($(date +'%d-%m-%Y %H:%M:%S'))" >> $log
echo "*** running emerge --sync" >> $log
emerge -q --sync >> $log 2>&1
if [ -f /usr/bin/layman ]; then
	echo >> $log
	echo "*** running layman -S" >> $log
	/usr/bin/layman -S --nocolor >> $log 2>&1

Purge unused distfiles

Distfiles may take up a lot of space on disk, and if you do not clean them from time to time it may become an issue. There are many ways to clean them.

  • Remove distfiles which wasn't accessed in last 90 days. (WARNING: It will not work if distfiles are on filesystem with noatime option. You may want think about relatime).