Prerequisite skills?

Nathan Ladd nathanladd at
Mon Sep 23 12:14:55 PDT 2002

Greg Schafer wrote:

> Hi
> Not wishing to fan any flamewars, but thinking about the recent threads
> re raising the bar. Rather than just referring people to the howto (which
> is still a good idea), how about recommending a list of prerequisite
> skills before attempting to build LFS ?

Good idea.

> It could go into the "Who would (not) want to read this book" section.
> "If you don't have all the above skills, you are going to do it tough and
> we recommend you learn a bit more about these skills before attempting to
> build LFS"

I'm going to disagree with you slightly--#lfs and the mailinglists are 
getting lots of questions that are answered in documentation throughout the 
book--clearly people are skipping those sections!  That's what's annoying 
for the people that answer them (timothy :P )--if they read the entire book 
and followed instructions and read the needed references, then there 
wouldn't be a problem.  The 'n00bs' only read from chapter 5 up until they 
see that the next title says "reboot the system" (they probably don't even 
read that page).  A list of prereqs would sit nicely in one of the first 
chapters, but it wouldn't get read by those who need it.

Here's where it gets complicated--LFS is a cohesive book, and as such a 
remider in the chapters where they're cutting n pasting like mad would 
detract from the writing style in the book.  Then again, I don't have to 
put up with all the lame question that the editors do, and maybe they'd 
prefer to interject at some point with a reminder of prerequisite skills if 
they felt it reduced lame questions.

So basically I think the idea is good, but we're dealing with people who 
blindly cut n paste thru only half the book and may not be likely to even 
notice it, much less heed it.
If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple 
that we couldn't.
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