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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 10-18-2003, 06:42 AM   #1
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Unhappy Something's wrong, i know it

I have just finished installing LFS 5.0-PRE2. Everything seemed to go successfully (for once)

However, man pages don't work. When i try to use man command it says nroff not found. Methinks (or knows) this is a problem with the groff package. None of the files from groff seems to be installed. But I remember installing them

Also, why is everything black and white. I was under the impression that because we installed ncurses, the ls command would be in colour. I suppose i could use ls --color but how can i make this the default? If i remember correctly I can put this in ~/.bash_profile as

alias ls="ls --color -al"

Which would make my ls command perfect, but would it work?

Another thing, when booting, there are lots of boot options which seem to say not found etc. but they travel past very quickly so i cannot read them properly. I was wondering if this is normal (i guess not).

I did have problems at first with my eth0 not working because I forgot to compile support for my 3COM 3c90x into the kernel but I've done that now. Compiling the kernel is easy

One last thing, my commandline appears as


On my host system (RH9) it appeared as


which I like better. Anyway to change this?

Any help is appreciated...

Last edited by soulsniper; 10-18-2003 at 06:58 AM.
Old 10-18-2003, 08:57 AM   #2
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to fix the command line prompt you can depending on what shell you're using. Pun in your .bash_profile PS1='[/u@/h:/w] ' by using your favorite text editor (pico, vi, emacs, kedit, etc..) If you're using tcsh you put in the .tcshrc set prompt = "[%n@%m:%/] "

As for the other part not too sure, but whatever type of install method for files there should be something like tar.gz files or rpms or something like that to install them from the media that you used to install the OS from.

Hope this helps

Last edited by Imyrryr; 10-18-2003 at 09:17 AM.
Old 10-18-2003, 03:08 PM   #3
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Hi there,

Try installing groff again using the instructions in the book - make sure you use a freshly extracted tarball, though. If the man pages still don't work, try reinstalling the man and/or man-pages packages.

What I use for a colour ls is:

alias ls='ls --color=always'

in my ~/.bash_profile.

Some of the things you are seeing as "not found" during boot could be features you have enabled in the kernel or as modules during configuration which are not actually present on your computer - e.g. if you don't have USB but have enabled it in the kernel.

Hope that's of some help



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