how to proceed with chapter 7 concerning cat > output << EOF
rod at sunsetsystems.com
Thu Nov 2 08:34:52 PST 2000
I think you're worrying too much about trying to make the book do
everything. Books are for reading. Everything else is downloaded,
why not also a tarball of the initial directory structure along with
all of the scripts and configuration files from the book?
I've already made such a tarball for LFSMake. See
Feel free to copy and massage it for LFS.
Hey by the way, congratulations on the great response from your
On Thu, 02 Nov 2000, Gerard Beekmans wrote:
> If we want to create all files in the book using cat > output << EOF
> constructions we have a little problem in chapter 7 - the boot scripts.
> Take the first few lines from the rc script:
> source /etc/init.d/functions
> if we do that in a cat > rc << EOF it will not work properly due to the $ and
> in other files the commands includes in ` like kill -9 `cat /var/run/$1.pid`
> If you enter them literally, bash will try to execute those. So we have to
> escape them. The book will then contain:
> cat > rc << EOF
> Now $FAILURE will be put in the rc file. But if people choose not to use the
> cat command but just copy&paste the content into a file, those backslashes
> will become a problem.
> So we either can't use the content in the book in a cat > out << EOF
> construction and you have copy&paste into vim, or you can do a cat but you
> cannot copy&paste into vim.
> Although I would much prefer the cat option personally, not everybody will be
> happy with it.
> A solution could be to create yet another appendix and put the plain scripts
> in there without escape sequences (backslashes). Or tell the readers to
> download the scripts if they don't want to use the 'cat' construction, but i
> rather not do that because it's very limiting.
> Opinions and/or alternatives are very welcome
> Gerard Beekmans
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