[Bug 1260] New: Old source directories?

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Wed May 18 19:33:06 PDT 2005


           Summary: Old source directories?
           Product: Linux From Scratch
           Version: 6.0
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P5
         Component: Book
        AssignedTo: lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org
        ReportedBy: kmputer_guy0 at yahoo.com
         QAContact: lfs-book at linuxfromscratch.org

Throughout most of chapter 6 the user is re-building packages that were
originally built as part of the toolchain.  But for almost all packages (GCC
being the exception) the book doesn't say what to do with the old source
directory.  In fact it doesn't even suggest doing a make clean for programs that
were already compiled.

Usually this isn't much of a problem.  But I just ran into perl and I can't be
certain if I should re-compile the old (patched) version of the source, or a
clean untarred version.

Most users who are doing this for the first time won't have any way of knowing
which one to do.  In addition, some users may be deleting old source directories
to save space on an older machine.

This is not a critical bug, but it certainly is an area that could use
improvement and clarification.  I understand you don't want to be repetitive and
say untar this untar that etc. etc., but I think a simple note at the beginning
of chapter 6 saying "Delete all source directories" would suffice (if that is
the correct action).

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