I have times were my PC catches dust (i.e. for months it sits in the corner, unplugged). Traditionally I have a gentoo installed and I like it very much in general. The only problem is, that once I do not update on a really regular basis, I have a terrible time updating my packages.
Lots of package builds fail at compiletime, a lot of packages block each other, etc.
Intead of one
emerge -uD world I end up with a lot of
emerge --oneshot ... calls, etc. because emerging the whole tree will fail at lets say package number 5, but if package number 47 is updated, package number 5 builds, etc.
Basically I write a simple script that continues with 10 lines of
emerge --resume --skipfirst
Just so I can have my computer compile while I am at work. When I started looking at my system 3 days ago there were 450 outdated packages, now I am down to one 312.
I have actually made a fresh install in october and stopped using it in december. So it shouldn't be one of those installations that carry the weight of years with them. I wonder whether I have to just start again with a fresh install... In general I suppose that I should not be the only person with this problem.
What is your update strategy?