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LFS is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system.

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Old 01-03-2005, 09:51 PM   #1
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might as well dive in


i checked out their site. this really seems like a good idea and a great way to learn more about linux. Also this would give me something to do in my freetime.

first i have 2 free systems at the moment. 1 is an older 486, 32Mb system ram and 540MB drive. the other is a pentium pro 200Mhz with 96MB system ram and 10GB hard drive. i am sure the pentium pro would be the better choice, its also got all linux supported hardware. i had mandrake on it with no problem.

unless for some reason you guys recommend trying a basic install on the 486 i will use the P pro system
its specs
pentium pro 200Mhz
96MB system RAM, 72 pin SIMM type
IDE 10GB 5400RPM hard drive
32X CD-ROM IDE drive
PCI SIS 4MB video card, need to see chipset
realtek 8139c network card

optional stuff for later
SB16 PCI sound card
Voodoo2 12MB PCI 3d accelerator.
SCSI scanner
paralelle printer.

well any pointers? I got plenty of books on linux, and unix, their site should be of help and i got a few friends who do this stuff.
i am sure i am in for a long ride, but i am sure it will be fun.
 
Old 01-04-2005, 02:24 AM   #2
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Hm. Since no one else has posted so far, I'd say I don't know one way or the other about the SCSI scanner, but it looks okay and you definitely want to go with the Pentium Pro.

Main thing is to read the stuff they suggest (but don't get bogged down in chasing down every link from every link - I spent quite a lot of time starting and stopping before finally figuring I'd read enough - covered *at least* the top layer of the recommended reading and then some) and then to just go to it. Take your time and make sure you're following along and doing it right, and that's about that. It's fun. Good luck!

-- I said that badly. You can never read too much, but what I mean is that I'd never get started building if I didn't stop reading at some point.

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Old 01-05-2005, 12:45 PM   #3
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well off to a good start.
I pulled out the system and tested all the hardware, everything checks out. to be on the safe side i even replaced the CD-ROM.
i partioned and formated the root directory and swap partion. and at the moment i am downloading all the needed files, well the ones the book tells me to use anyways.

I decided to use knoppix as the host system because i dont need to install it, and thus makes things less complicated. it also appears to have all the stuff the book tells me i need so far. unless there is any reason why i should not use knoppix i will.

anyways i know this isn't like installing DOS, so i am ready for the road ahead. I think this is a great chance to test my skills and develope new ones. aswell as being a great step to getting linux certifications.
 
Old 01-05-2005, 03:29 PM   #4
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well off to a good start.
I pulled out the system and tested all the hardware, everything checks out. to be on the safe side i even replaced the CD-ROM.
i partioned and formated the root directory and swap partion. and at the moment i am downloading all the needed files, well the ones the book tells me to use anyways.

I decided to use knoppix as the host system because i dont need to install it, and thus makes things less complicated. it also appears to have all the stuff the book tells me i need so far. unless there is any reason why i should not use knoppix i will.

anyways i know this isn't like installing DOS, so i am ready for the road ahead. I think this is a great chance to test my skills and develope new ones. aswell as being a great step to getting linux certifications.
Knoppix is great for installing it. Only thing to watch out for is when it says it's out of pty's (during an expect -c "spawn ls"), just chmod 777 /dev/ptmx and that error goes away. Also, use knoppix26 when the boot screen comes up so you're using the 2.6 kernel.
 
Old 01-05-2005, 03:47 PM   #5
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yea i know about knoppix26, didn't know about that other error.

also i need to use the swap partion with knoppix. i cant really rememebr the comand for the, i think it is swap=/dev/hda2 or something like that.

i'll have to look in that knoppix manual
 
Old 01-06-2005, 08:51 PM   #6
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yea i know about knoppix26, didn't know about that other error.

also i need to use the swap partion with knoppix. i cant really rememebr the comand for the, i think it is swap=/dev/hda2 or something like that.

i'll have to look in that knoppix manual
It seems to automatically use any swap partitions.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 06:37 PM   #7
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well got everything working. except one problem
when i go to make the lfs group and user i get this error
"groupadd: unable to open shadow group file"
 
Old 01-10-2005, 11:06 PM   #8
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well got everything working. except one problem
when i go to make the lfs group and user i get this error
"groupadd: unable to open shadow group file"
Yeah, you can't add a group to knoppix, just use the knoppix user as your lfs user, or you can even just do the bash profile stuff for root, it doesn't really matter what user you use.
 
Old 01-23-2005, 11:07 AM   #9
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i am glad i didn't use the 486 system. that would have been too much a stretch. so far everything is going great. i am getting ready to install everything.
just away on a holiday and job search right now so really havn't had the time to work on it much this week.

also there is a newer version of knoppix i might take a peak at.
 
  


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