dynamically generated book

ken_i_m ken_i_m at elegantinnovations.com
Thu Nov 30 18:04:51 PST 2000

Think the world is ready for so much choice? Most people I know have 
barely, if at all, heard of Linux. I have only in the last week begun to 
learn of the controversy concerning compilers.

The main reason I started LFS was to learn Linux system basics. I was 
trying to learn how to use Red Hat but kept getting confused when I read 
various HOWTOs because files where not where the HOWTOs said they should 
be. I still get headaches from trying to use the rpm utility. There is a 
perl software package I want to use that requires perl 5.6. I can't get 
perl 5.6 into my RH6.2 install (without have two interpreters). I bought a 
5.2 package over a year ago when I first started toying with the idea of 
getting away from Microsoft. It got installed as a dual boot but didn't get 
used because I didn't know what to do with the command line prompt. Though 
RH7.0 has perl 5.6 I don't want to buy it. If I have to buy a new version 
of Red Hat every six months to get stuff I want it will cost more and cause 
more disruption to my system than buying the obligatory Microsoft Upgrade.

Even without getting blown away with a bewildering array of options I got 
bogged down in my first go at LFS. I came back to it a bit over a month ago 
and got on this list when I hit another wall. With the help of the folks 
here I was able to get that attempt to boot. I just finished installing the 
boot scripts as I work my way through the current version of the book. I am 
doing this one on a partition on my LAN server and hopefully will be able 
to get networking, Samba Apache, and MySQL installed and working proper so 
that I can make the switch over to LFS as my main server OS. I know, from 
experience that I will be hitting more walls as I move along. Time to 
really check out the hints and get subscribed to the LFS Apps list.

At 01:03 AM 12/1/00 +0100, you wrote:
> > I like this idea. It reminds me of the zip picker at the DJGPP site. You
> > have a form where you answer certain questions regarding your preferences
> > and it spits out links to the packages you need to download. Combined with
> > a customized LFS book autogenerated from the SGML source based on your
> > choices, that would make a really nifty feature. And the book could
> > personally address you if you enter your name in the form. That would be a
> > great way to emphasize the individuality of LFS.
> >
> > MSB
> >
> > p.s.: No, this was not intended as a joke. I really like that idea.
>I need to mention that I was not only thinking about editors here. The LFS
>hints could be dynamically included so that if the user chooses
>"I want KDE" he'd get a hint about installing KDE. If he chooses
>"I want simpleinit", the sysvinit parts would be replaced with the
>equivalent simpleinit parts. And of course a dynamically generated HTML
>page would contain the links to the packages needed.
>Seems too complicated? Don't forget that the LFS book started out as a
>mere HOWTO and now it's a book. This could well be the next step. A
>dynamically customized source distribution.
>Vacuum cleaners suck!


I think, therefore, ken_i_m

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