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Old 08-16-2005, 10:59 AM   #1
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Continue BLFS 6.1

Hi folks,

I'm not very clear about the way to continue BLFS 6.1

On leaving LFS 6.1 book, LFS 6.1 was running. Whether to continue BLFS 6.1 from there? OR to continue BLFS 6.1 still making use of the Host. If with LFS 6.1 running then I have to print the complete BLFS 6.1 book and have all relevent packages download first.

It will be more convenient using the Host to continue BLFS 6.1.

Please advise. TIA

Old 08-16-2005, 11:30 AM   #2
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It's up to you. You can build BLFS packages by chrooting from the host system. You would be wise to mount all the /proc /sys and /dev filesystems (for example, when installing openssh it needs access to /dev/random) and if you run the same kernel it would be good too.
The other option is to put the comands in scripts which can be run from the command prompt when you reboot into LFS. That way you know you're isolated from the host system.
Old 08-16-2005, 12:32 PM   #3
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Lightbulb Another way to continue to BLFS

Another thing you could do is put all the BLFS packages on CD's (They'll fit on 3 cd's). So you can build BLFS from within your new LFS environment.

I made my cd's by chapter:
The BLFS book and all the packages for chapters 1-28 fit on CD #1, chapters 29-34 are on CD #2, and CD #3 has all the rest plus source for extra games and other things I wanted to add after the official BLFS packages.

If you make Links or Lynx one of the first things to compile and install, then you can have the html version of the book open in one virtual terminal while building packages in another. That way you don't have to print the whole thing.

This process then gets easier once X windows is built and you can layer your terminal windows so you can see the lynx and build windows at the same time.

Putting all the packages on cd's might seem like a lot of work up front, but it was the best solution for me because the system I was building did not have a high speed internet connection, so I could not download individual packages on demand.

In my opinion, this wasn't any more work that having to chroot and remember to mount the extra file systems each time I turned the machine on to work on it. But, you might see things differently.

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You can install pretty much anything in the chroot environment, including X. So if you feel like staying in there until you get a GUI environment working, you can do that. Or you can also just install some basic programs such as lynx/links and maybe wget (to read the book and get files) and install things from the console of your new LFS system.
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Hi folks,

Your advice noted with tks



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