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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 04-17-2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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First timer


I would like to know how I can compile my own Linux from scratch. This will be my first time.

Actually, I am not sure if this counts: I compiled my Gentoo in Stage 1 before. I was told that is from scratch.

Anyways, I would like to make my own Linux. A very lite one like Damn Small with Xorg and Fluxbox. Can someone tell me how I can get started?
Old 04-18-2005, 12:23 AM   #2
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just go from and download the book, follow the directions. I'd suggest looking at the hints also ( there is a link on the page for hints), you'll probably want some kind of package management ( the hints section covers a few). it's alot different than a gentoo install ( gentoo doesn't count ), but there is automated linux from scratch which might be alot like gentoo ( I've never used it, so I'm not sure).
Old 04-19-2005, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: First timer

I would like to make my own Linux. A very lite one like Damn Small with Xorg and Fluxbox. Can someone tell me how I can get started?

That's just what I did except I use WindowMaker.

Gentoo don't count because they do everything for you.

goto slect a mirror and then download the book. If you want a 2.6 kernel get lfs6.0 or lfs 5.1 if you prefer 2.4.

This is the most important part for a first time lfs'er:
1. Read the whole book before starting

2. Read the whole book a second time. don't you dare skip this part.

3. Read the book a third time, but this time do what the book tell you to.

4. If you have any problems post here or the best help is on the mailing list.

Old 04-19-2005, 01:27 PM   #4
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yep, the problem is that once you begin it is easy to start overlooking the text and just focus on the commands. not much gets learned this way and can lead to much frustration later. in fact, the way the book holds your hand it is possible to do do an lfs build and still know very little about it. that's one reason i like the book so much, you can practically be a noob and still get it done, or you can take some time, really look at and digest the text, and have an excellent learning experience. imo, taking the time to understand what the sed scripts are doing and why goes a long way to understanding what's going on. so if you want to learn the stuff, take the time to read the text the first and second times, and even the third, as was suggested previously. it makes a difference. anyway, happy lfs hunting!!


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