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Old 09-03-2007, 08:33 AM   #1
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How to convert a LFS to an installable CD

After playing around with Linux on and off for the last couple years and getting more and more comfortable with it I have decided to create a LFS system sometime in the near future.

I was wondering how would I go about turning my LFS system (more specifically I guess a BLFS system) into a installable CD. So instead of each time I go through it, compile and do this and that I just put in a CD with my customizations and it installs just like any other distro. However this would just be for personal use, and for perhaps giving to friends.

If I can't do it with LFS could someone give me an idea of how to go about it. Right now I am not concerned with knowing exactly what to do in detailed instructions, just basically a quick description of what needs to be done.

I have tried searching in Google, but either there is no guides or I am not using the correct key words

Thanks for the help.
Old 09-03-2007, 04:04 PM   #2
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:37 AM   #3
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I'm Facing The Same Problem. I Want To Make A Bootable Installable Cd Of Lfs Just Like Any Other Distro. If You Got Some Solutions Than Plz Send The Details. Thank You
Old 09-11-2007, 04:36 AM   #4
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Lightbulb there really is a way....

there is a way to automate an lfs build, however it will produce an automatic lfs/blfs build. so rather than the cd just copying over all the compiled stuff, it will automatically build an entire lfs and blfs system for you. (i make this point because a "distro" generally just copies over precompiled files, lfs compiles all the packages from scratch).

you need two things....

1) an alfs system from
personally, i use the nalfs system because i think it is better and more mature than the ever-changing jhalfs, however with nalfs you do have to create your own build instructions (its actually pretty easy to do it and a set comes with nalfs to give you a starting point).

2) your very own customised lfs cd (or dvd, if you are building a big lfs/blfs system you might want to create a bootable dvd rather than a cd so you have lots of extra room for the packages).
to get your lfs live cd/dvd, see here:
to get details on how to cstomize the cd/dvd see the file "lfscd-remastering-howto.txt" on the cd (usually in the /root/ directory).

now, this isnt much of a howto, more of a couple of pointers.

you will need to......

1) create the nalfs profile for the packages you want to build. this bit is easy, but boring. its basicly copy/paste the build instructions from the book into the xml documents that nalfs uses to build the packages.

2) once you have your nalfs profile, take your shiny lfs livcd and customise it, put all the packages you need in there and nalfs in there too.

3) you might want to test it at this point, lfs and blfs will build just fine in vmware or something similar.

4) tadaaaa, you have your very own custom lfs distro. boot from the cd, start nalfs and let it compile for a couple of hours. you can even have nalfs start automatically if you tinker around with it a little.

it is actually a remarkably simple process, just little boring making the nalfs profile. however, once its done it is very easy to keep up to date and very easy to use. this is how i created my own automated lfs installer cd and its pretty damn awesome.

apologies for the late reply, just got back off holidays
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Thanks for the tips, I appreciate it I will be building my first LFS system in the next couple weeks, just to lazy at the moment :P


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