Originally posted by ca9mbu
As a little pet project of mine I've got a webpage that has links to the latest version of all the packages given in the latest LFS book (3.1). There's also a list of additional programs at the bottom of the page that could be used to add a bit more functionality to a basic LFS install. The links are based on the packages .lsm (linux software map) file where applicable. Note that the links to GNU based software point to ibilio.org (formerly Metalab), due to the high server load on GNUs ftp services. If I get around to it, a brief description and possibly package dependencies may appear on here as well.
Thoughts and comments are welcome (e.g. would you actually use this, what else would you like to see?).
It's a good thing to do, but I feel obliged to point out that there are CVS versions of LFS including daily CVS snapshots. We make sure the CVS versions always include the latest versions of packages (unless we don't recommend using it, like gcc-3.x for now) including it's installation instructions of course. We don't upgrade to new packages the minute they are released but we make sure it's done in a reasonable amount of time (say a day or two or three - usually depends if the release happens on a weekend or not).
Dependencies are in the lfs-book too. They are not complete dependency lists yet (currently only installation deps, runtime and library deps are going to be added very very soon).
About download links; appendix A of any lfs-book contains the official download locations. Take the CVS version and you get the most up-to-date version of those locations (they are double checked at least once a month but usaully I do a weekly sweep of both new packages and new locations).
I must also point out that the current CVS version is a little bit behind but that's because we've had some 'downtime' with LFS (people on vacation, or having busy lifes outside of LFS) but it's picking up now. Almost back to normal.
And about descriptions; descriptions of what's inside packages (mostly executably programs from that package) is also in the lfs-book. It could be more extensive and it will be (it's on the bug list to take care before lfs-4.0 is released).
PS: don't take this as my dissing your efforts. I just wanted to point out that most of it is already provided or is going to very shortly (within a few weeks) so you could instead focus on submitting that stuff to the lfs-dev list so it can go in the book even sooner. Saves you a lot of time of maintaining those things, since we're doing that already on a full-time basis.