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Old 12-02-2008, 08:35 PM   #1
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Ubuntu "Development" Edition as a Base for LFS


Hey guys/gals,

Hopefully this will be quick and easy to answer. I am trying to do a LFS install to learn more about how Linux works from the inside out. I installed Ubuntu 8.10 to start from. Will this work? Looking forward in the book there is a point where it says to make sure you install the "development" version of whatever distro you use so you have the proper tools to follow the instructions. However, there was no option for that when I installed it.

Will it still work?

It's not a big deal if I have to install a different distro cause I am using VMs and I can create/delete them quickly and easily.

Any help would be greatly appreciated...thanks!

Chris

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:19 PM   #2
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I haven't tried LFS with Ubuntu. But probably the easiest way to find out is to use the version-check.sh script on the LFS site to see if you have the necessary development tools installed.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 12:29 AM   #3
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Ok, I checked all the versions manually (haha notice the name...I couldn't figure out how to run the script :-P) and I have the all those or better, I just wasn't sure if there were other things I needed not listed on that page. If there's not, I should be ready to roll. Thanks!
 
Old 12-03-2008, 06:56 AM   #4
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Have you tried using the LFS LiveCD? If you have a DVD/CD drive it is by far the best way of building LFS.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 02:04 PM   #5
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Except for there not being a 6.4 LiveCD to match the new 6.4 LFS

I'd try it. From my own experience so far with Linux, breaking things (and then fixing them) is by far the fastest way to learn (assuming, of course, you want LFS to learn more). Try some non-standard things, it will encourage you to actively think while building your Linux system as opposed to copy+pasting commands blindly, as I have done before until I really focused.
 
Old 12-03-2008, 06:36 PM   #6
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Just be careful as I think Ubuntu's have mawk installed instead of gawk. This can cause a problem with glibc compilation. If this is the case you will need to install gawk and fix any links etc.

I've not looked myself and don't have Ubuntu to check but just so you are aware of the potential hurdle.
 
Old 12-04-2008, 12:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I don't mind a hurdle and I have no time limit for this. The main goal is to learn so I am going to work with what I've got and figure it out as I go. By the end of this I should be a pro
 
Old 12-04-2008, 04:45 AM   #8
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Except for there not being a 6.4 LiveCD to match the new 6.4 LFS

I'd try it. From my own experience so far with Linux, breaking things (and then fixing them) is by far the fastest way to learn (assuming, of course, you want LFS to learn more). Try some non-standard things, it will encourage you to actively think while building your Linux system as opposed to copy+pasting commands blindly, as I have done before until I really focused.
You don't need a 6.4 LiveCD. I successfully built a 6.4 system using a BLFS6.3 system as a host that I had previously built on a USB2.0 stick.

Just use the wget-list to download the sources in the LFS-BOOK-6.4-HTML to you hard disk or USB stick and away you go.
 
Old 12-11-2008, 05:59 PM   #9
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I'm trying to install lfs with Ubuntu 8.04 base now. Thank God, everything is ok until now (I'm at chapter 6.14 of LFS: install GCC). First, I have had some probleme because some packages was missing so I couldn't event compile binutils pass 1, but after resolving these problems, everthing seem fine.

My missing packages was: autoconfig, gnatbind, gnatmake, bison, byacc, yacc, gm4, gnum4, flex, lex, makeinfo, expect, runtest, dlltool, lipo, windres, windmc, gcj, gfortran, texinfo

Of course I couldn't install them all but I try to install the maximum I could.
 
  


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