Purpose of the FAQ

Jeroen Coumans jeroen at linuxfromscratch.org
Wed Jun 2 09:40:48 PDT 2004

Bruce Dubbs said the following on 02-06-2004 17:50:
> Jeroen Coumans wrote:
>> I cooked up a revised chapter 8 here:
>> http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/index.php?pagename=BuildingKernel
>> although it's a bit out-of-date wrt. udev/hotplug. 
> Do you mean 
> http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/index.php?pagename=BuildingHostKernel  
> in the Compile section?

You mean "Configuring and building it"?

The way I see it, the kernel pages should be revised as follows:

1. The host requirements (chapter 5) should give pointers for people on 
how to upgrade their distro to 2.6. It should *not* contain explicit 
instructions, because they are very host-dependent. The 
page is meant to collaborate on that.

2. The LFS kernel instructions should be expanded to be more educational 
and useful. The 
http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/index.php?pagename=BuildingKernel page 
is a very preliminary proposed structure for how that can be done 
(although written with some outdated assumptions).

>> The kernel chapter would integrate e2fstools, modutils, udev, hotplug 
>> and discuss the choices a user has. It doesn't get into the options 
>> which one should select (except the minimally required, such as ext2/3 
>> and hotplug support), instead focusing on an explanation of the 
>> various subsystems and how they relate. 
> I agree.
>> Of course, all within the context of building a kernel for your 
>> system, thus strong focus on customization (modules or not?) and 
>> education (pointers to other docs, eg. BLFS for filesystems).
> Exactly!   And it should do the same for building a 2.6 kernel before 
> Chapter 5. Without it, the book is terribly inconsistent.  After all the 
> book gives explicit instructions for things like tar, diffutils, 
> texinfo, gawk, etc. twice and the only difference is configure options.  

Well, for chapter 5 (or 4), we don't need to give too much explanation 
of the kernel. We just need the user to use a 2.6 kernel on his host and 
he can do that with distro tools (apt-get install kernel-image-2.6). The 
actual explanation can be deferred to chapter 8 (and we can of course 
refer to it if the reader comes from an LFS-5 host :-)).

>  -- Bruce

Jeroen Coumans

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