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Gentoo: com_err and ss blocking e2fsprogs

After running into this on three computers, I figured I'd mention it here as well. It's a rather old issue by now, but at a certain point com_err and ss were moved to e2fsprogs on Gentoo. I found my workaround here :

Make sure not to unmerge com_err and ss before doing emerge -fuD world first!

Also, I had my "emerge" aliased to "sudo emerge". That won't work, because sudo also relies on com_err, which is unmerged at a certain point. Make sure you're logged in as root for this procedure.