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Linux From Scratch by a newbie, part deux...

Posted 12-30-2006 at 04:29 AM by threekgtvr4

Well, since the last entry, I completed LFS 6.1.1 successfully. I then realized that I was WAY to new to Linux to actually do anything with it. So I trashed it, installed Debian. I got to play with that Distro for about a month before my HD decided it wanted to take a crap. So about a month ago I got SimplyMEPIS installed and haven't used WinD'OHs since (well, except for my scanner ::shrugs:: whatcha gonna do??? lol).

So, I'm back to trying Linux From Scratch again, but this time armed with a little more knowledge and a renewed interest in doing something the hard way just to learn :D. This time around, I'm using the LFS 6.2-3 book and the live CD that accompanies it. I use the live CD, even though SimplyMEPIS could be my host system, because it is suppose to be the most pure host system for building LFS. I am also using the hint about building LFS 6.1 using the live CD. Some of that hint must be updated a little bit, but not much. It is still fairly helpful.

So far, I've run into segfaults and intermittent errors while compiling GCC-4.0.3. I finally found some help from the LFS mailing list archives pointing to the hardware being the problem, particularly excess heat from the processor while compiling larger programs. I decided to give underclocking a try, and it worked wonderfully. It has slowed down the computer a tiny bit, but not enough to really notice. So if you run into problems such as this, try underclocking your processor and/or RAM if your bios gives you that option.

I've also written my own shell script for entering the clean environment in chapter 5 with a little help from the live CD hint. I also added color to the ls command so that the files and directories all show up colorized as they do at the live CD prompt, as well as adding the -a option so that I can see all files and directories in the filesystem. That was a fun experience as I've never written a shell script besides what has been given to me to write up for use with LFS. So I had to try and try again until it worked just right, and it serves its' purpose.

Eventually I plan on taking over the live CD hint and hopefully, if I can learn enough about it, the More Control/Package Management hint. But this is just a hope, with all the other things I'm trying to do, I don't know if I'll have enough time to keep up with the releases of LFS. At the least, I hope to update them to work with LFS 6.2. I am also thinking about editing the book by including the two aforementioned hints and adding the extra/changed commands for those wanting to use the same setup that I am using.

Well, that's enough for tonight, back to the build. I am almost finished with chapter 5 right now. As soon as that is finished its time for a little sleepy, run some errands, and start on chapter 6...
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    I should point out that I was working on the first pass of GCC-4.0.3 from chapter 5.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by threekgtvr4 threekgtvr4 is offline


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