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Layman 1.2.6 released

In spirit of release-early-and-without-reason: here is Layman 1.2.6. Let me try to summarize:


layman-1.2.6 introduces support for tar overlays that are compressed with an algorithm other than gzip or bzip2. That, plus minor fixes.


  • Warn on lack of write permissions (fixes #260218)
  • Migrate to GNU tar's compression format auto-detection which adds potential support for more types of compressed tar archives (LZMA, xz or Z) as a side-effect (Requires GNU tar 1.15 or later, released in 2005)
  • Drop support for broken tar overlays with missing category level (and missing profiles/repo_name as a consequence)
  • Make missing overlay directory not fail removal of that overlay from the local list
  • Start shipping doc sources and release notes with release archives
  • Start shipping test suite files missing from the 1.2.5 release

How to upgrade

  1. Unmask =app-portage/layman-1.2.6 if you're on stable
  2. sudo emerge -av =app-portage/layman-1.2.6
  3. sudo etc-update

What else?

  • Please report bugs!
  • Using layman and proxies, programming Python? Feel like doing James a favor with bug #300651?

Gentoo is dying? Says who?!