Chapter 3. After LFS Configuration Issues

Table of Contents
/etc/issue (Customizing your logon)
The Bash Shell Startup Files
Random number generation
/etc/vimrc, ~/.vimrc
Creating a custom bootdisk

The intention of LFS is to provide a basic system which you can build upon. There are several things which many people wonder about to do with tidying up their system once they have done the base install. We hope to cover these issues in this chapter.

Most people coming from a Windows background to Linux find the concept of text-only configuration files slightly strange. In Linux, just about all configuration is done via text files. The majority of these files can be found in the /etc hierarchy. There are often graphical configuration programs available for different subsystems but these are mostly simply pretty frontends to the process of editing the file. The advantage of text-only configuration is that you can edit parameters using your favorite text editor, whether that be vim, emacs or anything else.