There was some discussion about this a couple months back on the Gentoo forums, when the change went into effect...I tried to get some sort of confirmation from someone about exactly what the problem is (I vaguely had the notion that it was the _packaging_ that was wrong, and not Webmin itself, but since no one who actually understands the situation replied, I couldn't get any kind of confirmation of that).

If you know how to get answers out of the Gentoo folks about what exactly they have a problem with and whether it's just that they don't want _any_ system administration tools in Gentoo, or if it's something specific wrong with the ebuild in question, I'd love to hear it. If they have a problem in general with what Webmin does (administering configuration files), then I'd have to assume they'll also be removing vim, emacs, ifconfig, gparted, and hundreds of other system administration tools. ;-)

On 9/24/2010 4:45 PM, Jamie Cameron wrote:

Hi Chris,

You'd have to ask Gentoo people about this, as I don't maintain the Webmin port to Gentoo.

Their reason for masking the package seems odd to me - of course Webmin updates the configs for LVM, cron and so on .. that's what it is supposed to do! 

On 24/Sep/2010 14:53 Chris Brennan <> wrote ..

I've noticed for over a month now that Webmin/Usermin have been hardmasked upstream by Gentoo QA with the following error:

!!! The following installed packages are masked:
- app-admin/webmin-1.510 (masked by: package.mask)
# Diego E. Pettenò <> (10 Aug 2010)
#  on behalf of QA team
# The ebuild breaks about any QA policy regarding not touching
# live filesystem as it writes to LVM configuration,
# cron configuration, current-running kernel modules, RPM
# library, ...
# Removal on 2010-10-09

For more information, see the MASKED PACKAGES section in the emerge
man page or refer to the Gentoo Handbook.

Is this being fixed so it can be re-introduced back into portage? The only reason I noticed is because I obviously have Webmin/Usermin installed my my gentoo server and it's been blocking a system update since I first noticed it early in August.

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