this rocks, thanks alot. do you think you could post or direct me to directions of how to install ebuilds that are not in portage? i've looked in the portage manual and didn't see anything. i tried to download the ebuild directly and wasn't able to accomplish anything either.
In /etc/make.conf uncomment the line for user ebuilds. It should be /usr/local/portage or something.
Then just put the ebuilds in there in the appropriate directory structure.
Then, ensure you have that dir and the subdirs in which to place the ebuild:
in which goes the aolserver-4.0_beta8.ebuild
The only tricky one is the nssha1 one, in which you have to make
and put in that the diff nssha1-0.1.diff
in addition to putting the ebuild in nssha1/
Often, additionally, although sometimes portage will detect ebuilds in your overlay dir from anywhere, it sometimes helps to run emerge <ebuildfilename> while in the ebuild's directory, if for some reason portage can't find your newly downloaded ebuild. Give that a shot.
Hope that helps!
On a related note, here's my suggestion for 'Install Documentation Lite' for gentoo
I've added a tDOM ebuild to the Gentoo bug tracker.
There is also an OpenFTS ebuild.
For my setup I modified Chris's ebuilds, per his comments, to install into the Gentoo standard filesystem and posted them back to Gentoo tickets linked in his post above. Also here is an example config.tcl which you would need to get your OpenACS going with AOLServer installed in this way.
The official Gentoo maintainer assigned to these (and the tcl) ebuilds says he doesn't have enough time to keep them up to date in cvs and is currently looking for someone else to take them on... once that happens they should appear in the main portage tree.
I think it would be great to get in the official cvs of gentoo with aolserver + modules and even openacs if possible. That was the whole point of making packages to me.
The modules needed to run openacs haven't been added yet, but one thing at a time :)