Comments for LFS-Book V6.0-testing-200407022

Scott Lemke lemkesr at
Fri Jul 30 15:44:22 PDT 2004


I am pretty new to LFS, my 3rd or so build, and a capable but not guru
level Linux user and just got through the testing version of the book
and have some comments/questions that you can hopefully use to improve
the book, or set me straight.


Less 382 doesn't exist anywhere on the less project pages, the highest
version they have is 381. I had to get 382 from the LFS site. Not too
much of a big deal, but may want to either put a note explaining where
to get it.

m4 1.4.1 doesn't exist on their project pages either, they only have
m4<insert letter here>, again had to go out to the LFS site and grab it.
A note on the different naming/location maybe in order.

grep 2.51 is still not replaced on the gnu ftp server, gone from the
days of the server compromise last year. Either a note stating to get it
from LFS or if anyone knows anyone who knows anyone with connections to
the admins of the gnu site, they might have just forgotten.

Chapter 5:

I had an issue with udev, it was my host system using a funky spot for
install, they had it in /bin instead of /usr/bin, but the udev Makefile
has it hardwired to /bin. Not a rough fix, just edit the Makefile, but
maybe a note stating that it may puke if install is not in /bin

May want to use a different font for the code sections, the accents `
and the single quotes ' look a lot alike, and to an un-accustomed sed
user can get frustrating.

When mounting the partitions, would it not be better to mount the extra
partitions, like /home, /usr, etc after the filesystem structure is
already created in chapter 6? That way if you mess up a package and it
installs into /usr instead of /tools/usr you can see it immediately.

Chapter 6:

Either add an "Now logout back to your host system" at the end of
chapter 5 or the beginning of chapter 6 to clear up the ambiguity of who
is exactly supposed to run those first commands. 

Populating dev will throw up an fstab missing warning, maybe a note
saying this is normal so people might not get worried.

Grub fails the tests because of ufs2, and using the configure option
--disable-ufs2 still does nothing to fix this. Probably an upstream
issue, but I thought I would mention it here as a note saying it will
probably fail the tests on that point might be in order.

Thats all I have, I hope these comments help.

Scott Lemke

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