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It appears that upgrading the boost libraries regularly block because of some ghost masked package, e.g.:
!!! The following update has been skipped due to unsatisfied dependencies:
selected: (dev-libs/boost-1.62.0-r1:0/1.62.0::gentoo, ebuild scheduled for merge)
skipped: (dev-libs/boost-1.63.0:0/1.63.0::gentoo, ebuild scheduled for merge) (see unsatisfied dependency below)
!!! All ebuilds that could satisfy "=dev-util/boost-build-1.63*" have been masked.
!!! One of the following masked packages is required to complete your request:
- dev-util/boost-build-1.63.0::gentoo (masked by: )
(dependency required by "dev-libs/boost-1.63.0::gentoo" [ebuild])
For more information, see the MASKED PACKAGES section in the emerge
man page or refer to the Gentoo Handbook.
The solution is to simply upgrade
dev-util/boost-build independently first:
emerge --oneshot --ask dev-util/boost-build dev-lib/boost
See: Bug 554838 - >=sys-apps/portage-2.2.20 --update @world sees dev-util/boost-build-1.56.0 masks where there are none