Tim came over (mostly to play with his laptop), so I decided to play with Gentoo while he was over. In doing so, I compiled a new kernel and copied it to my boot drive... which was suddenly full!
Turns out that reiserfs by default allocates 8000 blocks for its log. The drive is only 10,000 blocks long, so the 7 or 8 megabytes of data was entirely filling the rest of the space. In trying to resize the log we wound up trashing the boot drive to the point where we decided it would be better to just reformat with ext2 (no logging) and copy the backups onto the new drive. After doing that and re-installing grub, however, we're still not able to boot Gentoo :( .
So, for now, the entire Gentoo environment is dead, and the whole evening was basically a waste (and worse, a waste wasted while sitting in front of a computer).
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