LFS Dependencies

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Thu Sep 12 21:16:22 PDT 2002

I'm sure its too late for LFS 4.0, but one section I think is missing is 
a dependency list for LFS itself. In other words, we need to document 
what is the oldest version of gcc, glibc, binutils, make, etc that the 
host distro has to have in order to install the software required in 
chapter 5.  This needs to be put into the book fairly early with 
instructions that detail how to tell what version of the critical 
packages are in the host disto.

Let me expand on the problem.  I'm teaching a class on advanced Linux 
and am using LFS as a teaching tool.  The first thing we did was to 
install a base distro on an empthy hard drive.  Since we had about 16 
systems going at once, we used several distros we had to do some 
parallel installs.  Some of the CDs were RH 6.2 and others SuSE 7.1. 
 Now some of the class is running into problems with the newer packages 
and I'm having to come up with workarounds that uses class time that 
shouldn't be necessary.  

The closest parts of the book that I can see are the sections "How 
things are going to be done" and "Which Platfrom?", but they really 
don't address the issue.

I am suggesting a section "What you need to have to build LFS".

Is this worthy of an entry into LFS bugzilla?

  -- Bruce

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