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Old 03-20-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
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Help in building a basic linux system

i just had an out-of-the blue idea of building a linux system all by my own....

i just want
1) it should be bootable from a floppy ( i think syslinux wil help me with this)
2) a working kernel ( 2.4.xx maybe)
3) a getty and a login program
4) a bash shell

i am havin lot's of doubts abt this..

1) i am planning to create a bootable disk for this purpose .. i will be copying the kernel files to the floppy .. /boot/vmlinuz and are enough or more ???? and can i copy the same kernel files of my existing linux machine????

2)shouldn't i be having a / filesystem for this purpose??
should not it have the standard dirs /etc,/bin,/boot,/lib etc???
how can i create it?
what abt the different files in it? would they have to be written by myself?

anyone any help??? anyone knows of any such examples???
more mails abt this later

Old 03-20-2004, 03:52 PM   #2
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There is a term for what you want to do. LFS, or Linux From Scratch.

There book available on how to do it. There is also a linux from scratch organization.

And guess what their web site is named?

Old 03-21-2004, 09:57 AM   #3
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Also have a look at things like muLinux, Tomsrtbt, and loads more from here:

some of them have descriptions of how to build your own versions.

Old 03-21-2004, 11:27 AM   #4
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You probably also want to look at Homemade Linux on a Floppy, a guide to rolling your own floppy distro that actually answers all of your questions.

Last edited by spurious; 03-21-2004 at 11:28 AM.
Old 03-22-2004, 03:39 PM   #5
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woah. looks like fun! would this be like knoppix from a floppy?

rock on.



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