Beyond Linux® From Scratch

Version 8.2

The BLFS Development Team

Copyright © 2001-2018, The BLFS Development Team

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This book is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Computer instructions may be extracted from the book under the MIT License.

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Revision History
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Revision 5.1 2004-06-05 Third release
Revision 5.0 2003-11-06 Second release
Revision 1.0 2003-04-25 First release


This book follows on from the Linux From Scratch book. It introduces and guides the reader through additions to the system including networking, graphical interfaces, sound support, and printer and scanner support.


This book is dedicated to the LFS community

Table of Contents


Having helped out with Linux From Scratch for a short time, I noticed that we were getting many queries as to how to do things beyond the base LFS system. At the time, the only assistance specifically offered relating to LFS were the LFS hints ( Most of the LFS hints are extremely good and well written but I (and others) could still see a need for more comprehensive help to go Beyond LFS - hence BLFS.

BLFS aims to be more than the LFS-hints converted to XML although much of our work is based around the hints and indeed some authors write both hints and the relevant BLFS sections. We hope that we can provide you with enough information to not only manage to build your system up to what you want, whether it be a web server or a multimedia desktop system, but also that you will learn a lot about system configuration as you go.

Thanks as ever go to everyone in the LFS/BLFS community; especially those who have contributed instructions, written text, answered questions and generally shouted when things were wrong!

Finally, we encourage you to become involved in the community; ask questions on the mailing list or news gateway and join in the fun on #lfs at You can find more details about all of these in the Introduction section of the book.

Enjoy using BLFS.

Mark Hymers
markh <at>
BLFS Editor (July 2001–March 2003)

I still remember how I found the BLFS project and started using the instructions that were completed at the time. I could not believe how wonderful it was to get an application up and running very quickly, with explanations as to why things were done a certain way. Unfortunately, for me, it wasn't long before I was opening applications that had nothing more than "To be done" on the page. I did what most would do, I waited for someone else to do it. It wasn't too long before I am looking through Bugzilla for something easy to do. As with any learning experience, the definition of what was easy kept changing.

We still encourage you to become involved as BLFS is never really finished. Contributing or just using, we hope you enjoy your BLFS experience.

Larry Lawrence
larry <at>
BLFS Editor (March 2003–June 2004)

The BLFS project is a natural progression of LFS. Together, these projects provide a unique resource for the Open Source Community. They take the mystery out of the process of building a complete, functional software system from the source code contributed by many talented individuals throughout the world. They truly allow users to implement the slogan "Your distro, your rules."

Our goal is to continue to provide the best resource available that shows you how to integrate many significant Open Source applications. Since these applications are constantly updated and new applications are developed, this book will never be complete. Additionally, there is always room for improvement in explaining the nuances of how to install the different packages. To make these improvements, we need your feedback. I encourage you to participate on the different mailing lists, news groups, and IRC channels to help meet these goals.

Bruce Dubbs
bdubbs <at>
BLFS Editor (June 2004–December 2006)

My introduction to the [B]LFS project was actually by accident. I was trying to build a GNOME environment using some how-tos and other information I found on the web. A couple of times I ran into some build issues and Googling pulled up some old BLFS mailing list messages. Out for curiosity, I visited the Linux From Scratch web site and shortly thereafter was hooked. I've not used any other Linux distribution for personal use since.

I can't promise anyone will feel the sense of satisfaction I felt after building my first few systems using [B]LFS instructions, but I sincerely hope that your BLFS experience is as rewarding for you as it has been for me.

The BLFS project has grown significantly the last couple of years. There are more package instructions and related dependencies than ever before. The project requires your input for continued success. If you discover that you enjoy building BLFS, please consider helping out in any way you can. BLFS requires hundreds of hours of maintenance to keep it even semi-current. If you feel confident enough in your editing skills, please consider joining the BLFS team. Simply contributing to the mailing list discussions with sound advice and/or providing patches to the book's XML will probably result in you receiving an invitation to join the team.

Randy McMurchy
randy <at>
BLFS Editor (December 2006–January 2011)


This version of the book is intended to be used when building on top of a system built using the LFS book. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and reliability of the instructions. Many people find that using the instructions in this book after building the current stable or development version of LFS provides a stable and very modern Linux system.


Randy McMurchy
August 24th, 2008

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Who Would Want to Read this Book

This book is mainly aimed at those who have built a system based on the LFS book. It will also be useful for those who are using other distributions, but for one reason or another want to manually build software and are in need of some assistance. Note that the material contained in this book, in particular the dependency listings, is based upon the assumption that you are using a base LFS system with every package listed in the LFS book already installed and configured. BLFS can be used to create a range of diverse systems and so the target audience is probably nearly as wide as that of the LFS book. If you found LFS useful, you should also like this!

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This book is divided into the following parts.

Part I - Introduction

This part contains information which is essential to the rest of the book.

Part II - Post LFS Configuration and Extra Software

Here we introduce basic configuration and security issues. We also discuss a range of editors, file systems, and shells which aren't covered in the main LFS book.

Part III - General Libraries and Utilities

In this section we cover libraries which are often needed by the rest of the book as well as system utilities. Information on Programming (including recompiling GCC to support its full range of languages) concludes this part.

Part IV - Basic Networking

Here we cover how to connect to a network when you aren't using the simple static IP setup given in the main LFS book. Networking libraries and command-line networking tools are also covered here.

Part V - Servers

Here we deal with setting up mail and other servers (such as SSH, Apache, etc.).

Part VI - X + Window Managers

This part explains how to set up a basic X Window System installation along with some generic X libraries and Window managers.

Part VII - KDE

For those who want to use the K Desktop Environment or some parts of it, this part covers it.


GNOME is the main alternative to KDE in the Desktop Environment arena.

Part IX - Xfce

Xfce is a lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE.

Part X - X Software

Office programs and graphical web browsers are important to most people. They, along with some generic X software can be found in this part of the book.

Part XI - Multimedia

Here we cover setting multimedia libraries and drivers along with some audio, video and CD-writing programs.

Part XII - Printing, Scanning and Typesetting (PST)

The PST part of the book covers document handling with applications like Ghostscript, CUPS and DocBook to installing texlive.


The Appendices cover information which doesn't belong in the main book; they are mainly there as a reference.

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Part I. Introduction

Chapter 1. Welcome to BLFS

The Beyond Linux From Scratch book is designed to carry on from where the LFS book leaves off. But unlike the LFS book, it isn't designed to be followed straight through. Reading the Which sections of the book? part of this chapter should help guide you through the book.

Please read most of this part of the book carefully as it explains quite a few of the conventions used throughout the book.

Which Sections of the Book Do I Want?

Unlike the Linux From Scratch book, BLFS isn't designed to be followed in a linear manner. This is because LFS provides instructions on how to create a base system which is capable of turning into anything from a web server to a multimedia desktop system. BLFS attempts to guide you in the process of going from the base system to your intended destination. Choice is very much involved.

Everyone who reads the book will want to read certain sections. The Introduction part, which you are currently reading, contains generic information. Especially take note of the information in Chapter 2, Important Information, as this contains comments about how to unpack software, issues related to using different locales and various other aspects which apply throughout the book.

The part on Post LFS Configuration and Extra Software is where most people will want to turn next. This deals with not just configuration but also Security (Chapter 4, Security), File Systems (Chapter 5, File Systems and Disk Management), Editors (Chapter 6, Editors) and Shells (Chapter 7, Shells). Indeed, you may wish to reference certain parts of this chapter (especially the sections on Editors and File Systems) while building your LFS system.

Following these basic items, most people will want to at least browse through the General Libraries and Utilities part of the book. This part contains information on many items which are prerequisites for other sections of the book as well as some items (such as Chapter 13, Programming) which are useful in their own right. Note that you don't have to install all of these libraries and packages found in this part to start with as each BLFS installation procedure tells you which packages it depends upon so you can choose the program you want to install and see what it needs.

Likewise, most people will probably want to look at the Networking part. It deals with connecting to the Internet or your LAN (Chapter 14, Connecting to a Network) using a variety of methods such as DHCP and PPP, and with items such as Networking Libraries (Chapter 17, Networking Libraries) and various basic networking programs and utilities.

Once you have dealt with these basics, you may wish to configure more advanced network services. These are dealt with in the Servers part of the book. Those wanting to build servers should find a good starting point there. Note that this section also contains information on various database packages.

The next parts of the book principally deal with desktop systems. This portion of the book starts with a part talking about X plus Window and Display Managers. This part also deals with some generic X-based libraries (Chapter 25, X Libraries). After this, KDE and GNOME are given their own parts which are followed by one on X Software.

The book then moves on to deal with Multimedia packages. Note that many people may want to use the ALSA-1.1.5 instructions from this chapter quite near the start of their BLFS journey; they are placed here simply because it is the most logical place for them.

The final part of the main BLFS book deals with Printing, Scanning and Typesetting. This is useful for most people with desktop systems and even those who are creating mainly server systems will find it useful.

We hope you enjoy using BLFS and find it useful.

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Conventions Used in this Book

Typographical Conventions

To make things easy to follow, there are a number of conventions used throughout the book. Following are some examples:

./configure --prefix=/usr

This form of text is designed to be typed exactly as seen unless otherwise noted in the surrounding text. It is also used to identify references to specific commands.

install-info: unknown option

This form of text (fixed width text) is showing screen output, probably a result from issuing a command. It is also used to show filenames such as /boot/grub/grub.conf


This form of text is used for several purposes in the book but mainly to emphasize important points or to give examples as to what to type.

This form of text is used for hypertext links external to the book such as HowTos, download locations, websites, etc.


This form of text is used for links internal to the book such as another section describing a different package.

cat > $LFS/etc/group << "EOF"

This type of section is used mainly when creating configuration files. The first command (in bold) tells the system to create the file $LFS/etc/group from whatever is typed on the following lines until the sequence EOF is encountered. Therefore, this whole section is generally typed as seen.


This form of text is used to encapsulate text that should be modified and is not to be typed as seen, or copy and pasted. Note that the square brackets are not part of the text, but should be substituted for as well.


This form of text is used to show a specific system user or group reference in the instructions.

Conventions Used for Package Dependencies

When packages are created, the authors depend on prior work. In order to build a package in BLFS, these dependencies must be built prior to the desired package. For each package, any prerequsite packages are listed in one or more separate sections: Required, Recommended, and Optional.

Required Dependencies

These dependencies are the minimum prerequsite packages required to build the package. Omitted from the list are packages in LFS and required dependencies of other required packages.

Recommended Dependencies

These dependencies are those that the BLFS editors have determined are important to give the package reasonable capabilities. Package installation instructions assume thay are installed. If a recommended package is not desired, the instructions may need to be modified to accommodate the missing package.

Optional Dependencies

These dependencies are those that the package may use. Integration of optional dependencies may be automatic by the package or may need additional instructions not presented by BLFS. Optional packages may be listed without corresponding BLFS instructions. In this case it is up to the user to determine appropriate installation instructions.

Conventions Used for Kernel Configuration Options

Some packages have specific needs regarding the kernel configuration. The general layout is the following:

Master section --->
  Subsection --->
    [*]     Required parameter                     [CONFIG_REQU_PAR]
    <*>     Required parameter (not as module)     [CONFIG_REQU_PAR_NMOD]
    <*/M>   Required parameter (could be a module) [CONFIG_REQU_PAR_MOD]
    <*/M/ > Optional parameter                     [CONFIG_OPT_PAR]
    [ ] Incompatible parameter                     [CONFIG_INCOMP_PAR]
    < > Incompatible parameter (even as module)    [CONFIG_INCOMP_PAR_MOD]

[CONFIG_...] on the right gives the name of the option, so you can easily check whether it is set in your config file. The meaning of the various entries is:

Master section top level menu item
Subsection submenu item
Required parameter the option could be either built-in or not selected: it must be selected
Required parameter (not as module) the option could be either built-in, module, or not selected: it must be selected as built-in
Required parameter (could be a module) the option could be either built-in, module, or not selected: it must be selected, either as built-in or module
Optional parameter rarely used: the option could be either built-in, module, or not selected: it may be selected at will
Incompatible parameter the option could be either built-in or not selected: it must not be selected
Incompatible parameter (even as module) the option could be either built-in, module, or not selected: it must not be selected

Note that, depending on other selections, the angle brackets (<>) may appear as braces ({}), if the option cannot be unselected, or even dashes (-*- or -M-), when the choice is imposed. The help text about the option specifies the other selections on which this option relies, and how those other selections are set.

SBU values in BLFS

As in LFS, each package in BLFS has a build time listed in Standard Build Units (SBUs). These times are relative to the time it took to build binutils in LFS and are intended to provide some insight into how long it will take to build a package. Most times listed are for a single processor or core to build the package. In some cases, large, long running builds tested on multi-core systems have SBU times listed with comments such as '(parallelism=4)'. These values indicate testing was done using multiple cores. Note that while this speeds up the build on systems with the appropriate hardware, the speedup is not linear and to some extent depends on the individual package and specific hardware used.

Where even a parallel build takes more than 15 SBU, on certain machines the time may be considerably greater even when the build does not use swap.

Some packages do not support parallel builds and using -j1 for the make command is required. Packages that are known to have such limits are marked as such in the text.

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Book Version

This is BLFS-BOOK version 8.2 dated March 2nd, 2018. This is the 8.2 branch of the BLFS book, currently targeting the LFS 8.2 book. For development versions, if this version is older than a month, it's likely that your mirror hasn't been synchronized recently and a newer version is probably available for download or viewing. Check one of the mirror sites at for an updated version.

Last updated on 2016-04-17 13:16:17 -0700

Mirror Sites

The BLFS project has a number of mirrors set up world-wide to make it easier and more convenient for you to access the website. Please visit the website for the list of current mirrors.

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Getting the Source Packages

Within the BLFS instructions, each package has two references for finding the source files for the package—an HTTP link and an FTP link (some packages may only list one of these links). Every effort has been made to ensure that these links are accurate. However, the World Wide Web is in continuous flux. Packages are sometimes moved or updated and the exact URL specified is not always available.

To overcome this problem, the BLFS Team, with the assistance of Oregon State University Open Source Lab, has made an HTTP/FTP site available through world wide mirrors. See for a list. These sites have all the sources of the exact versions of the packages used in BLFS. If you can't find the BLFS package you need at the listed addresses, get it from these sites.

We would like to ask a favor, however. Although this is a public resource for you to use, please do not abuse it. We have already had one unthinking individual download over 3 GB of data, including multiple copies of the same files that are placed at different locations (via symlinks) to make finding the right package easier. This person clearly did not know what files he needed and downloaded everything. The best place to download files is the site or sites set up by the source code developer. Please try there first.

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Change Log

Current release: 8.2 – March 2nd, 2018

Changelog Entries:

  • March 2nd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Release of BLFS-8.2.

    • [dj] - Update to chromium-64.0.3282.186. Fixes #10337.

    • [ken] - In mutt, use ssl by default now that openssl is in LFS.

  • March 1st, 2018

    • [dj] - Update to samba-4.7.5. Fixes #10353.

  • February 28th, 2018

    • [thomas] - Remove references to slang from nano. Fixes #10435.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-logs-3.26.3. Fixes #10336.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-power-manager-3.26.0. Fixes #10329.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to evolution and evolution-data-server-3.26.5. Fixes #10349.

    • [thomas] - Make gnutls a recommended dep in VTE. Fixes #10436.

  • February 26th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libgee-0.20.1. Fixes #10368.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwacom-0.28. Fixes #10352.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xf86-input-wacom-0.36.0. Fixes #10297.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfce4-terminal- Fixes #10426.

    • [pierre] - Update to mlt-6.6.0 (and change the source URL to point to GitHub. Fixes #10423.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gvfs-1.34.2. Fixes #10350.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to tracker-2.0.3. Fixes #10351.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-autoar-0.2.3. Fixes #10425.

    • [pierre] - Disable the use of unix-odbc in ptlib, to prevent a type conflict.

  • February 25th, 2018

    • [thomas] - Fix sed for 32bit in lame. Fixes #10415.

    • [ken] - In mutt, reinstate the commands to preserve manual.txt.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to epiphany-3.26.6. Fixes #10386.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wireshark-2.4.5. Fixes #10418.

  • February 24th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfsprogs-4.15.0. Fixes #10416.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to phonon-backend-vlc-0.10.0. Fixes #10420.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to phonon-4.10.0. Fixes #10420.

  • February 23rd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xf86-video-intel-20180223. Fixes #10387.

  • February 22nd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to php-7.2.2. Fixes #10381.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mariadb-10.2.13. Fixes #10384.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.23.2. Fixes #10374.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mercurial-4.5. Fixes #10394.

  • February 21st, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-v4.15.1. Fixes #10388.

    • [pierre] - Various fixes for lightdm: allow building without itstool and exo, and allow a DE in /opt.

    • [pierre] - Fix building W3M with openssl-1.1.

  • February 20th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to biber-2.11 with biblatex-3.11. Fixes #10398.

    • [ken] - libgusb: promote gtk-doc to recommended, but explain how to install if it is not present.

    • [thomas] - Update to exo-0.12.0. Fixes #10397.

  • February 19th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libgusb-0.3.0. Fixes #10390.

    • [ken] - Update ImageMagick to 7.0.7-23 and ImageMagick6 libraries to 6.9.9-35. Fixes #10362.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qemu-2.11.1. Fixes #10389.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.8. Fixes #10383.

    • [thomas] - Update to gnutls-3.6.2. Fixes #10387.

    • [thomas] - Update to wayland-protocols-1.13. Fixes #10392.

    • [thomas] - Update to mesa-17.3.4. Fixes #10395.

    • [pierre] - Update dependencies for mupdf, and add a security patch. Fixes #10399.

    • [pierre] - Update to libva-2.1.0. Fixes #10373.

    • [pierre] - Update to intel-vaapi-driver-2.1.0. Fixes #10371.

    • [pierre] - Update to libinput-1.10.0. Fixes #10372.

    • [pierre] - Update to seamonkey-2.49.2. Fixes #10355.

    • [pierre] - Update to exim-4.90.1 (security fix). Fixes #10364.

    • [dj] - Update to OpenJDK-9.0.4. Fixes #9929.

    • [dj] - Update to make-ca-0.7.

    • [dj] - Update to Apache-Ant-1.10.2. Fixes #10377.

  • February 18th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.16.2. Fixes #10382.

    • [ken] - Update to gtk+-3.22.28. Fixes #10396.

    • [ken] - Update to pcre2-10.31. Fixes #10370.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dbus-1.12.4. Fixes #10358.

    • [ken] - Correct the broken patch for ImageMagick-6.9.9-34. Hopefully, this will really fix #10362.

  • February 17th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to git-2.16.2. Fixes #10383.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gdb-8.1. Fixes #10379.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to expect-5.45.5. Fixes #10378.

    • [bdubbs] - Remove elfutils. The library is all that is needed and that is now in LFS.

  • February 16th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to Net::DNS-1.15 (perl module). Fixes #10376.

    • [ken] - Update ImageMagick to 7.0.7-33 and ImageMagick6 libraries to 6.9.9-34. Fixes #10362.

    • [thomas] - Update to nasm-2.13.03. Fixes #10380.

    • [ken] - Update to qt-5.10.1 (bug fixes) and qtwebengine-5.10.1 (includes security fixes). Fixes #10385.

  • February 15th, 2018

    • [ken] - Fix LibRaw for glibc-2.27.

  • February 14th, 2018

    • [ken] - Fix xfsprogs-4.14 for glibc-2.27. Fixes #10363.

    • [pierre] - Add a patch to pulseaudio-11.1, to allow building with glibc-2.27. Fixes #10366.

  • February 13th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to plasma5-5.12.1. Fixes #10229.

    • [pierre] - Update to ffmpeg-3.4.2. Fixes #10369.

    • [pierre] - Update to x264-20180212-2245 for upcoming 8.2 release. Ticket #7555.

    • [pierre] - Update to dovecot-2.3.0. Fixes #10209.

  • February 12th, 2018

    • [thomas] - Upgrade to NetworkManager-1.10.4. Fixes #10348.

    • [thomas] - Upgrade to enchant-2.2.3. Fixes #10299.

    • [pierre] - Update to thunderbird-52.6.0. Fixes #10306.

  • February 11th, 2018

    • [thomas] - Upgrade to gcc-7.3.0, gcc-ada-7.3.0. Fixes #10305.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to kf5-apps-17.12.2. Fixes #10245.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to kf5-5.43. Fixes #10239.

    • [bdubbs] - Archive openssl-1.1.x. Moved to LFS.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to v4l-utils-1.14.2. Fixes #10365.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vlc-3.0.0. Fixes #10361.

  • February 10th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postgresql-10.2. Fixes #10360.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to udisks2-2.7.6. Fixes #10359.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libblockdev-2.16. Fixes #10357.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qpdf-7.1.1. Fixes #10346.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to fribidi-1.0.1. Fixes #10345.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to exempi-2.4.4. Fixes #10344.

    • [ken] - Update to libreoffice- Fixes #10331.

    • [ken] - Patch procmail to fix security issues. Fixes #10356.

  • February 8th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-58.0.2. Fixes #10354.

  • February 7th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update the link for Liberation fonts to point to (the replacement for fedorahosted).

    • [thomas] - Update to dhcp-4.4.0. Fixes #10328.

  • February 4th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.15. Fixes #10334.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to iptables-1.6.2. Fixes #10333.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nghttp2-1.30.0. Fixes #10335.

    • [bdubbs] - Update instructions to build libxshmfence (Xorg Lib) to be compatible with glibc-2.27. Fixes #10338.

    • [bdubbs] - Change references to keybinder2 to keybinder. Fixes #10339.

    • [bdubbs] - Update libESMTP url. Fixes #10340.

    • [bdubbs] - Update wireless tools url. Fixes #10341.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to hdparm-9.54. Fixes #10342.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xkeyboard-config-2.23.1. Fixes #10343.

  • February 3rd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-filters-1.20.0. Fixes #10326.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to node.js-9.5.0. Fixes #10327.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.7.5. Fixes #10324.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to librsvg-2.42.2. Fixes #10332.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.23.1. Fixes #10330.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xkeyboard-config-2.23. Fixes #10325.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dbus-glib-0.110. Fixes #10318.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dbus-python-1.2.6 (python module). Fixes #10319.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.15.5 (python module). Fixes #10320.

  • February 1st, 2018

    • [thomas] - Upgrade to nano-2.9.3. Fixes #10317.

    • [thomas] - Upgrade to dhcpcd-7.0.1. Fixes #10321.

  • January 31st, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-58.0.1 (security fix). Fixes Fixes #10323.

  • January 30th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-58.0.1 (security fix). Fixes Fixes #10323.

    • [pierre] - Add a patch allowing to build lynx with ncurses-6.1. Fixes #10322.

    • [thomas] - Update rsync-3.1.3. Fixes #10309.

    • [bdubbs] - Archive check which is now in LFS.

    • [dj] - Update to systemd-237. Fixes #10310.

  • January 29th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to gegl-0.3.28. Fixes #10294.

    • [ken] - Update to babl-0.1.42. Fixes #10293.

    • [ken] - Update to mutt-1.9.3. Fixes #10307.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to QupZilla-2.2.5. Fixes #10316.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libevdev-1.5.8. Fixes #10315.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postfix-3.2.5. Fixes #10314.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gc-7.6.4. Fixes #10311.

  • January 28th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to transmission-2.93. Fixes #10303.

    • [dj] - Update to chromium-64.0.3282.119. Fixes #10298.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gjs-1.50.4. Fixes #10308.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to webkitgtk-2.18.6. Fixes #10302.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libvpx-1.7.0. Fixes #10304.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to highlight-3.42. Fixes #10295.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to librsvg-2.42.1. Fixes #10243.

  • January 25th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to curl-7.58.0 (security fix). Fixes #10301. Users who need to send name+password to all intermediate hosts thst the site may redirect to should read the --location-trusted entry in the manual.

    • [thomas] - Update to bind-9.12.0. Fixes #10296.

  • January 23rd, 2018

    • [ken] - Update to rustc-1.22.1 and firefox-58.0 (which includes security fixes). Fixes #10292 and #10279. Please note firefox now has an additional dependency and added Configuration Information details. Particular thanks to Tim Tassonis, Ryan Marsaw, and Bruce for their help with this.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to sqlite-3.22.0. Fixes #10291.

  • January 22nd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wget-1.19.4. Fixes #10290.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.5. Fixes #10289.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to git-2.16.1. Fixes #10288.

  • January 21st, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to unbound-1.6.8. Fixes #10283.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.10.2. Fixes #10277.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libqmi-1.20.0. Fixes #10286.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libmbim-1.16.0. Fixes #10285.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.3.3. Fixes #10284.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wget-1.19.3. Fixes #10282.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LibRaw-0.18.7. Fixes #10281.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libuv-1.19.1. Fixes #10280.

  • January 20th, 2018

    • [ken] - Extend the configuration information for PulseAudio to cover fixing it when it breaks.

    • [ken] - Update to nspr-4.18 and nss-3.35. Fixes #10276 and #10275.

  • January 18th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to git-2.16.0. Fixes #10271.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gjs-1.50.3. Fixes #10272.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libuv-1.19.0. Fixes #10270.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdvdread-6.0.0. Fixes #10273.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdvdnav-6.0.0. Fixes #10274.

    • [bdubbs] - Update bluez installed packages.

  • January 17th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to QupZilla-2.2.4. Fixes #10269.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to bind9-9.11.2-P1. Fixes #10268.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to babl-0.1.40. Fixes #10267.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libtasn1-4.13. Fixes #10266.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libsigsegv-2.12. Fixes #10265.

  • January 16th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-filters-1.19.0. Fixes #10264.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to sudo-1.8.22. Fixes #10263.

  • January 15th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qpdf-7.1.0. Fixes #10262.

  • January 14th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to talloc-2.1.11. Fixes #10261.

  • January 13th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to evolution and evolution-data-server-3.26.4. Fixes #10246.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to sysstat-11.6.2. Fixes #10260.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wireshark-2.4.4. Fixes #10254.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to webkitgtk-2.18.5. Fixes #10258.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to rpcsvc-proto-1.3.1. Fixes #10256.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to node.js-9.4.0. Fixes #10252.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libseccomp-2.3.3. Fixes #10251.

  • January 12th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Various text updates. Fixes #10248.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wireshark-2.4.4. Fixes #10254.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+2 2.24.32. Fixes #10244.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.3.2. Fixes #10257.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to freetype-2.9. Fixes #10242.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to glib 2.54.3. Fixes #10241.

  • January 11th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdvdcss-1.4.1. Fixes #10247.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to joe-4.6. Fixes #10250.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to URI-1.73 (Perl Module). Fixes #10253.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libsoup-2.60.3. Fixes #10255.

  • January 10th, 2018

    • [ken] - Update intel microcode to 20180108, this includes Spectre mitigation for some CPUs (and might slow them as a result). More details of updated models are in the ticket. Fixes #10249.

  • January 9th, 2018

    • [dj] - Remove instructions to delete ffmpeg sources in Chromium source tree.

  • January 5th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to hdparm-9.53. Fixes #10238.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.14.1. Fixes #10237.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to chromium-63.0.3239.132. Fixes #10234.

  • January 5th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Archive sddm. Resolves #10119.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mariadb-10.2.12. Fixes #10235.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to php-7.2.1. Fixes #10233.

    • [ken] Update to firefox-57.0.4 to provide some mitigation against Spectre vulnerabilities. Fixes #10232.

    • [bdubbs] - Add lightdm.

  • January 4th, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to enchant-2.2.1. Fixes #10230.

  • January 3rd, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to unixODBC-2.3.5. Fixes #10228.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nano-2.9.2. Fixes #10227.

    • [ken] Update to xscreensaver-5.38 #10202.

    • [ken] Update to xorg-server-1.19.6. Fixes #10201.

    • [ken] Update to nfs-utils-2.3.1 and move start-statd to /usr/sbin. Fixes #10200 and #10203.

    • [dj] Update to samba-4.7.4. Fixes #10208.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gc-7.6.2. Fixes #10226.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dhcpcd-7.0.0. Fixes #10225.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libreoffice- Fixes #9856.

  • January 2nd, 2018

    • [dj] - Update to Chromium-63.0.3239.108. Fixes #10130.

    • [bdubbs] - Add a patch to docbook-xsl to fix potential problems with stack overflows during recursion.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libcdio-2.0.0. Fixes #10224.

  • January 1st, 2018

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.3.1. Fixes #9965.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xterm-331. Fixes #10233.

    • [bdubbs] - Add note about graphviz tarball name. Fixes #10140.

  • December 30th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to icedtea-web-1.7.1. Fixes #10179.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to thunderbird-52.5.2. Fixes #10205.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to epiphany- Fixes #10222.

  • December 29th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to epiphany-3.26.4. Fixes #10157.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-tweak-tool-3.26.4. Fixes #10152.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-user-docs- Fixes #10120.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xine-ui-0.99.10. Fixes #10220.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnumeric-1.12.38. Fixes #10219.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.3. Fixes #10218.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to goffice-0.10.38. Fixes #10217.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to bluez-5.48. Fixes #10216.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to docbook-xsl-1.79.2. Fixes #10215.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to v4l-utils-1.14.1. Fixes #10214.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to whois-5.2.20. Fixes #10213.

  • December 28th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to network-manager-applet-1.8.10. Fixes #10191.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to NetworkManager-1.10.2. Fixes #10150.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwacom-0.27. Fixes #10173.

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-57.0.3. Fixes #10134.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to evolution and evolution-data-server-3.26.3. Fixes #10151.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnome-online-accounts-3.26.2. Fixes #10170.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ruby-2.5.0. Fixes #10212.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ModemManager-1.6.12. Fixes #10211.

  • December 27th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to biber-2.10 wih biblatex-3.10. Fixes #10194.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libatomic_ops-7.6.2. Fixes #10206 again.

  • December 26th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to QupZilla-2.2.3. Fixes #10193.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to opencv-3.4.0. Fixes #10207.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-filters-1.18.0. Fixes #10197.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to doxygen-1.8.14. Fixes #10210.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libatomic_ops-7.4.10. Fixes #10206.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to webkitgtk-2.18.4. Fixes #10190.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to autofs-5.1.4. Fixes #10185.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LVM2- Fixes #10182.

    • [ken] - Update to mutt-1.9.2. Fixes #10178.

    • [ken] - Remove system-poppler from libreoffice (broken by changes to headers in poppler-0.62.0). Fixes #10117.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to tcl/tk-8.6.8. Fixes #10177.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gmime3-3.2.0. Fixes #10199.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnupg-2.2.4. Fixes #10198.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfce4-power-manager-1.6.1. Fixes #10192.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nghttp2-1.29.0. Fixes #10189.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to krb5-1.16. Fixes #10118.

  • December 23th, 2017

    • [thomas] - Update to Python-3.6.4. Fixes #10187.

  • December 22nd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to boost_1_66_0. Fixes #10183.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to exim-4.90. Fixes #10193.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Archive-Zip-1.60 (perl module). Fixes #10195.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to File-Slurper-0.011 (perl module). Fixes #10186.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.7.4. Fixes #10204.

  • December 21st, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.7.3. Fixes #10184.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faad2-2.8.8. Fixes #10181.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdrm-2.4.89. Fixes #10180.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to enchant-2.2.0. Fixes #10154.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to llvm-5.0.1. Fixes #10196.

  • December 17th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to librsvg-2.40.20. Fixes #10175.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cdrtools-3.02a09. Fixes #10172.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mupdf-1.12.0. Fixes #10165.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gegl-0.3.26. Fixes #10161.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qemu-2.11.0. Fixes #10159.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xvidcore-1.3.5. Fixes #10158.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfce4-notifyd-0.4.1. Fixes #10156.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfburn-0.5.5. Fixes #10171.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfce4-panel-4.12.2. Fixes #10164.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Net-DNS-1.14 (Perl module). Fixes #10176.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtksourceview-3.24.6. Fixes #10137.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to json-c-0.13. Fixes #10136.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to node.js-9.3.0. Fixes #10133.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to icu-60.1. Fixes #10132.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libgcrypt-1.8.2. Fixes #10160.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ffmpeg-3.4.1. Fixes #10145.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to rpcsvc-proto-1.3. Fixes #10155.

    • [thomas] - Update to Qt-5.10.0 and QtWebEngine-5.10.0. Fixes #10139.

  • December 16th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gpgme-1.10.0. Fixes #10153.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to v4l-utils-1.12.6. Fixes #10135.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pygobject2-2.28.7. Fixes #10142.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to whois-5.2.19. Fixes #10143.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libcdio-1.1.0. Fixes #10144.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to plasma-5.11.4. Fixes #9854.

  • December 15th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to kde-apps-17.12.0. Fixes #9713.

    • [bdubbs] - Restore id3lib from archives needed for kwave.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to kf5-5.41. Fixes #9703.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.9.4. Fixes #10169.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.4. Fixes #10149.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ruby-2.4.3. Fixes #10168.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.10.1. Fixes #10167.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libjpeg-turbo-1.5.3. Fixes #10162.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libpng-1.6.34. Fixes #10146.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.2.7. Fixes (for now) #9965.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to XML-LibXML-Simple-0.99 (perl-module). Fixes #10148.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to List-MoreUtils-0.428 (perl-module). Fixes #10147.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwww-perl-6.31 (perl-module). Fixes #10141.

  • December 8th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Add a page that discusses libtool archive (.la) files. Includes a script to remove unneeded (most) .la files.

  • December 8th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gstreamer-1.12.4. Includes plugins-{base,good,bad,ugly}, libav, and vaapi. Fixes #10121.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to QupZilla-2.2.2. Fixes #10121.

    • [ken] - Update to openssl-1.0.2n (security fix). Fixes #10126.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwww-perl-6.30 (perl-module). Fixes #10129.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libassuan-2.5.1. Fixes #10127.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cairo-1.14.12. Fixes #10125.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk-doc-1.27. Fixes #10124.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LibRaw-0.18.6. Fixes #10123.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to liblinear-220. Fixes #10122.

  • December 6th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-57.0.1. Fixes #10090.

  • December 5th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to udisks2-2.7.5. Fixes #10114.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.7.2. Fixes #10113.

    • [bdubbs] - Add sed to libcdio to fix version number. Fixes #10108.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pinentry-1.1.0. Fixes #10111.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to poppler-0.62.0. Fixes #10110.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gmime3-3.0.5. Fixes #10109.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-screensaver-3.26.0. Fixes #9960.

  • December 3rd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to eog-3.26.2, file-roller-3.26.2, gnome-calculator-3.26.0, gnome-terminal-3.26.2, gucharmap-10.0.3, nautilus-3.26.2. Partially fixes #9960.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnumeric-1.12.37. Fixes #10107.

  • December 2nd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to goffice-0.10.37. Fixes #10105.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mercurial-4.4.2. Fixes #10104.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to guile-2.2.3. Fixes #10103.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wayland-protocols-1.12. Fixes #10102.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libblockdev-2.15. Fixes #10101.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libassuan-2.4.5. Fixes #10100.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to epiphany-3.26.3. Fixes #10106.

  • December 1st, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to epiphany-3.26.2. Fixes #9956.

    • [bdubbs] - Adjust sqlite instructions to satisfy thunderbird.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to thunderbird-52.5.0. Fixes #10066.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wireshark-2.4.3. Fixes #10098.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to php-7.2.0. Fixes #10097.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libuv-1.18.0. Fixes #10096.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libunistring-0.9.8. Fixes #10095.

    • [bdubbs] - Remove pcre as dependency for qpdf. Fixes #10094.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to curl-7.57.0. Fixes #10092.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nasm-2.13.02. Fixes #10091.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to x265-2.6. Fixes #10088.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to upower-0.99.7. Fixes #10083.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to stunnel-5.44. Fixes #10074.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to QScintilla_gpl-2.10.2. Fixes #10070.

    • [bdubbs] - Add sed to cdrdao to make compatible with lame-3.100.

    • [bdubbs] - Move vte2 to lxde chapter from xfce. It is no longer used in xfce, but it is in lxde.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Thunar-1.7.0. Fixes #10072.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to exo-0.11.5. Marked as development, but needed for Thunar-1.7.0.

    • [dj] - Correct PAM module dir for libpwquality and gdm.

    • [dj] - Update to network-manager-applet-1.8.6. Fixes #10006.

    • [thomas] - Update to git-2.5.1. Fixes #10084.

  • November 30th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to qtwebengine-5.9.3 (security update). Fixes #10089.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libXfont2-2.0.3 (xorg library). Fixes #10087.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libXcursor-1.1.15 (xorg library). Fixes #10086.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to highlight-3.41. Fixes #10082.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwebp-0.6.1. Fixes #10081.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to adwaita-icon-theme-3.26.1. Fixes #10080.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.9.3. Fixes #10079.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfsprogs-4.14.0. Fixes #10077.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to enchant-2.1.3. Fixes #10075.

    • [dj] - Correct udev directory for NetworkManager.

    • [dj] - Update to samba-4.7.3. Fixes #10059.

  • November 29th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mariadb-10.2.11. Fixes #10085.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to php-7.1.12. Fixes #10069.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vlc-2.2.8. Fixes #10060.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qt5-5.9.3. Fixes #10065.

  • November 28th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mc-4.8.20. Fixes #10076.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nghttp2-1.28.0. Fixes #10071.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gegl-0.3.24. Fixes #10068.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nss-3.34.1. Fixes #10067.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to iso-codes-3.77. Fixes #10064.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to usbutils-009. Fixes #10063.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libcdio-1.0.0. Fixes #10061.

    • [thomas] - Update to nano-2.9.1. Fixes #10078.

    • [thomas] - Add readlink and basename to mkinitramfs. Required in some udev rules.

  • November 27th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Add libuv-1.17.0. Required by cmake-3.10.0.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.10.0. Fixes #10056.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gmime3-3.0.4. Fixes #10055.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.14. Fixes #10054.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnupg-2.2.3. Fixes #10053.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libical-3.0.1. Fixes #10051.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nettle-3.4. Fixes #10050.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to git-2.15.0. Fixes #9963.

    • [thomas] - Update to nano-2.9.0. Fixes #10044.

  • November 26th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to biber-2.9 wih biblatex-3.9. Fixes #10073.

    • [ken] - Update to cups-filters-1.17.9. Fixes #9780.

  • November 25th, 2017

    • [ken] - Fix build breakage in juffed caused by new qtermwidget. Fixes #10062.

    • [ken] - Add Module::Pluggable to the deps in perl modules. Fixes #10058.

    • [ken] - Update to Unicode::Collate-1.25 (perl module). Fixes #10052.

  • November 24th, 2017

    • [pierre] - Update to seamonkey-2.49.1. Fixes #10049.

    • [pierre] - Update to gnumeric-1.12.36. Fixes #10047.

    • [pierre] - Update to goffice-0.10.36. Fixes #10046.

    • [pierre] - Patch libxml2, to prevent segfaults in itstool in some cases.

  • November 22nd, 2017

    • [ken] - Add instructions to build the Python2 module for libxml2, and clarify where / when it is used. Fixes #10048.

  • November 19th, 2017

    • [dj] - Update to tiff-4.0.9. Fixes #10045.

  • November 18th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to alsa-{lib,utils,plugins,tools}-1.1.5. Fixes #10034.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to shfs-3.3.1. Fixes #10016.

    • [bdubbs] - Add docutils-0.14.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pciutils-3.5.6. Fixes #10043.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libassuan-2.4.4. Fixes #10042.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pango-1.40.14. Fixes #10040.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nss-3.34. Fixes #10038.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.9.2. Fixes #10033.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to node.js-9.2.0. Fixes #10031.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.7.1. Fixes #10027.

    • [renodr] - Update to Samba-4.7.2. Fixes #9984.

    • [renodr] - Update to dconf-editor-3.26.2.

  • November 17th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to haveged-1.9.2. Fixes #10041.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dbus-1.12.2. Fixes #10028.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libnsl-1.2.0. Fixes #10022.

  • November 16th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libgsf-1.14.42. Fixes #10021.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postgresql-10.1. Fixes #10015.

    • [ken] - Update to ImageMagick-6.9.9-23 and ImageMagick-7.0.7-11 (security update). Fixes #10032.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to babl-0.1.38. Fixes #10039.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to fuse3-3.2.1. Fixes #10037.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #10035.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Unicode-Collate-1.23 (Perl Module). Fixes #10029.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to chromium-62.0.3202.94. Fixes #10036.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.9.6. Fixes #10018.

    • [renodr] - Update to tracker-2.0.2.

    • [renodr] - Update to NetworkManager-1.10.0. Fixes #10020.

  • November 15th, 2017

    • [pierre] - Update to poppler-0.61.1. Fixes #10030.

  • November 14th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Add a sed to fix pango. Fixes #10025.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gegl-0.3.22. Fixes #10024.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.22.2. Fixes #10023.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to babl-0.1.36. Fixes #10012.

    • [pierre] - Update to time-1.8. Fixes #10008.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ibus-1.5.17. Fixes #9921.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to chromium-62.0.3202.89. Fixes #9903.

    • [pierre] - Update to gnupg-2.2.2. Fixes #10005.

    • [pierre] - Update to poppler-0.61.0. Fixes #9989.

    • [pierre] - Update to udisks2-2.7.4. Fixes #9973.

    • [pierre] - Update to libdrm-2.4.88. Fixes #9970.

    • [pierre] - Update to icu4c-60.1. Fixes #9967.

    • [pierre] - Update to mariadb-10.2.10. Fixes #9969.

  • November 13th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-57.0 (security update). Fixes #10026.

  • November 11th, 2017

    • [renodr] - Update to vala-0.38.3. Fixes #10014.

    • [renodr] - Update to gnome-desktop-3.26.2.

    • [renodr] - Update to evolution-data-server-

    • [renodr] - Update to vte-0.50.2. Fixes #9975.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.15.4 (python module). Fixes #10019.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Unicode-Collate-1.22 (Perl Module). Fixes #10017.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to smartmontools-6.6. Fixes #10001.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to stunnel-5.43. Fixes #10000.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to screen-4.6.2. Fixes #9999.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.22. Fixes #9992.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Jinja2-2.10 (Python module). Fixes #10009.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to lxml-4.1.1 (Python module). Fixes #9991.

    • [renodr] - Update to gjs-1.50.2. Fixes #9966.

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-56.0.2. Fixes #9936.

  • November 10th, 2017

    • [renodr] - Update to WebKitGTK+-2.18.3. Fixes #9947.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libblockdev-2.14. Fixes #9968.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dbus-1.12.0. Fixes #9962.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+3 3.22.26. Fixes #9954.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postfix-3.2.4. Fixes #9949.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-2.2.6. Fixes #9937.

    • [chey] - Fix building sshfs on i686. Fixes #9759.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to sysstat-11.7.1. Fixes #9972.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to menu-cache-1.1.0. Fixes #9988.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libogg-1.3.3. Fixes #10007.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to lcms2-2.9. Fixes #10002.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac-1.29.9. Fixes #9985.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.15.4 (python module). Fixes #10011.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to XML-LibXML-Simple-0.98 (perl module). Fixes #10010.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to bwww-perl-6.29 (perl module). Fixes #10003.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to autovivification-0.18 (perl module). Fixes #9990.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to at-spi2-atk-2.26.1 and at-spi2-core-2.26.2. Fixes #9961.

  • November 9th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to biber-2.8 wih biblatex-3.8a. Change its perl module dependencies: replace File::Slurp with File::Slurper and add PerlIO-utf8_strict. Fixes #9998.

    • [ken] - Update to Unicode-Collate-1.21 (perl module). Fixes #9983.

    • [chey] - Update to node.js-9.1.0. Fixes #9875.

    • [ken] - Update to bdftopcf-1.1 and remove old libXfont. Fixes #10004.

    • [pierre] - Update to cmake-3.9.5. Fixes #9987.

    • [pierre] - Update to libxslt-1.1.32. Fixes #9982.

    • [pierre] - Update to libxml2-2.9.7. Fixes #9981.

    • [pierre] - Update to lvm2- Fixes #9980.

    • [pierre] - Update to mercurial-4.4.1. Fixes #9974.

    • [pierre] - Update to dovecot- Fixes #9910.

  • November 8th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to lxterminal-0.3.1. Fixes #9959.

    • [renodr] - Update to libass-0.14.0. Fixes #9971.

    • [renodr] - Update to thunderbird-52.4.0 (Security Update). Fixes #9861.

  • November 6th, 2017

    • [dj] - Correct permissions on glib-2.54.2 executables.

    • [dj] - Correct SQLite build for FTS3/4. Fixes #9986.

  • November 5th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.6.3. Fixes #9953.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.9.1. Fixes #9957.

    • [pierre] - Update to php-7.1.11. Fixes #9943.

    • [pierre] - Update to qupzilla-2.2.1. Fixes #9976.

  • November 4th, 2017

    • [dj] - Correct installation of GLib-2.54.2 when using meson and allow for upgrade when previous installation was from autotooled build. Thanks to Chris Staub and archetech for assistance with the upgrade instructions.

  • November 3rd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nfs-utils-2.2.1. Fixes #9964.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gmime3-3.0.3. Fixes #9952.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pango-1.40.13. Fixes #9946.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to opencv-3.3.1. Fixes #9930.

    • [ken] - Update to openssl-1.1.0g and openssl-1.0.2m (security fixes). Fixes #9979.

  • October 30th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to fftw-3.3.7. Fixes #9951.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to SDL2-2.0.7. Fixes #9928.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to lxml-4.1.0 (Python module). Fixes #9924.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to git-2.14.3. Fixes #9923.

    • [ken] - Update to wget-1.19.2 (security fix). Fixes #9941.

    • [bdubbs] - Update abiword instructions to build with current dependencies. Fixes #9939.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libical-3.0.0. Fixes #9948.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libsoup-2.60.2. Fixes #9945.

    • [renodr] - Update to pygobject3-3.26.1. Fixes #9944.

  • October 29th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to glib-networking-2.54.1. Fixes #9942.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nghttp2-1.27.0. Fixes #9935.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libpciaccess-0.14 (xorg library). Fixes #9926.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to curl-7.56.1. Fixes #9925.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.6.2. Fixes #9920.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to httpd-2.4.29. Fixes #9911.

    • [dj] - Update to highlight-3.40. Fixes #9931.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to glib-2.54.2. Change to meson build. Fixes #9940.

    • [dj] - Update to Epiphany-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update gucharmap-10.0.2.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-system-monitor-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-maps-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-weather-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-tweak-tool-3.26.2.

  • October 28th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to intel-vaapi-driver and libva 2.0.0. Fixes #9922, but gstreamer-vaapi-1.12.3 is broken until the next gstreamer release.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-logs-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-color-manager-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-calculator-3.25.92.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-terminal-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to file-roller-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Remove GtkHTML package.

    • [dj] - Update to Evolution-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to evince-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to evince-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Update to eog-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to baobab-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to yelp-3.26.0. Fixes #9746.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-user-docs-

    • [dj] - Update to gdm-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-session-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-shell-extensions-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-shell-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to mutter-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-control-center-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-settings-daemon-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to colord-1.4.1. Fixes #9597.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-bluetooth-3.26.1.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Class-Accessor-9.51 (Perl module). Fixes #9922.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to apr-1.6.3 and apr-util-1.6.1. Fixes #9919.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnutls-3.6.1. Fixes #9914.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.13.3. Fixes #9890.

    • [dj] - Update to Network Manager and network-manager-applet 1.8.4." Fixes #9796.

    • [dj] - Add Tracker-2.0.1.

    • [dj] - Update to nautilus-3.26.0.

  • October 27th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdrm-2.4.85. Fixes #9913.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to check-0.12.0. Fixes #9909.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #9887.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faad2-2.8.6. Fixes #9874.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfce4-notifyd-0.4.0. Fixes #8875.

    • [dj] - Update to ModemManager-1.6.10. Fixes #9905.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Clearlooks-1.9 (mplayer skin). Fixes #9908.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ffmpeg-3.4. Fixes #9888.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to lame-3.100. Fixes #9884.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Net-DNS-1.13 (perl module). Fixes #9896.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to expect-5.45.3. Fixes #9906.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dejagnu-1.6.1. Fixes #9892.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xapian-core-1.4.5. Fixes #9885.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libatomic_ops-7.4.8. Fixes #9895.

    • [dj] - Update to SQLite-3.21.0. Fixes #9932.

    • [pierre] - Update to LXQt-0.12.0, libqtxdg-3.1.0, lxqt-build-tools-0.4.0, libsysstat-0.4.0, lximage-0.6.0, qterminal-0.8.0, qtermwidget-0.8.0, pavucontrol-qt-0.3.0. Fixes #9803, #9804, #9808, and #9819.

    • [dj] - Update to gvfs-1.34.1.

  • October 26th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update autofs link to gentoo wiki.

    • [krejzi] - Fix autofs compilation on LFS 8.1+ by forcing libtirpc usage.

    • [dj] - Update to libpeas-1.22.0.

    • [dj] - Update to libgtop-2.38.0.

    • [dj] - Update to cheese-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Add itstool-2.0.4-segfault-1.patch.

  • October 24th, 2017

    • [dj] - Update to WebKitGTK-2.18.1. Fixes #9898.

  • October 23rd, 2017

    • [ken] - Update some details for dependant perl-modules only pulled in for biber.

    • [dj] - Update to gnome-desktop-3.26.1.

    • [dj] - Update to json-glib-1.4.2.

    • [dj] - Update to VTE-0.50.1.

    • [dj] - Update to totem-pl-parser-3.26.0.

    • [dj] - Add gmime-3.0.2. Fixes #9164.

  • October 22nd, 2017

    • [ken] - The optional Python module dependency of Pillow in asymptote needs to be built with Python2 because xasy is a Python2 script. Fixes #9917.

    • [dj] - Update to libgudev-232. Fixes #9916.

    • [pierre] - Add which as a dependency of gobject-introspection, since it is needed when --with-python is passed to configure.

    • [dj] - Update to atk-2.26.1 and switch to meson build. Fixes #9912.

    • [dj] - Use Python3 by default in gobject-introspection.

    • [dj] - Remove instructions to set CC or CXX for icu when building with gcc.

    • [dj] - Make documentation installation for FreeType optional.

  • October 20th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.2.3. Fixes #9907.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libXfont 1.5.3. Fixes #9904.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.9.0. Fixes #9897.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.6.0. Fixes #9883.

  • October 19th, 2017

    • [pierre] - Update to unbound-1.6.7. Fixes #9872.

    • [pierre] - Update to dovecot- Fixes #9871.

  • October 17th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to itstool-2.0.4. Fixes #9852.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Lingua-Translit-0.28 (Perl Module). Fixes #9891.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dconf-0.26.1. Fixes #9887.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libsoup-2.60.1. Fixes #9877.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wayland-protocols-1.11. Fixes #9876.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gparted-0.30.0. Fixes #9873.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to wireshark-2.4.2. Fixes #9870.

  • October 16th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to List-MoreUtils-0.426 (Perl Module). Fixes #9880.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Clearlooks-1.8 (mplayer skin). Fixes #9869.

    • [ken] - Patch wpa_supplicant-2.6 against KRACK (security fix). Thanks to Tim Tassonis for preparing the patch. Fixes #9889.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to QupZilla-2.2.0. Fixes #9866.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LVM2- Fixes #9862.

    • [dj] - Update to make-ca-0.6.

    • [dj] - Udpate to D-Bus-1.10.24. Fixes #9817.

  • October 15th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libnl-3.4.0. Fixes #9868.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.2. Fixes #9864.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postgresql-10.0. Fixes #9853.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to dconf-editor-3.26.1. Fixes #9837.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to postfix-3.2.3. Fixes #9811.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to python3-3.6.3. Fixes #9841.

    • [bdubbs] - Add an optional patch to glib to allow user supression of unwanted warning messages.

    • [pierre] - Update to sddm-0.16.0. Fixes #9865.

    • [bdubbs] - Remove ninja, libffi, and python3 as dependencies for many packages as they are now a part of LFS.

    • [pierre] - Fix colord-1.3.5 build for SysV.

  • October 14th, 2017

    • [dj] - Remove colord-1.2. Fixes #9642.

  • October 13th, 2017

    • [ken] - Change optional Python module dependency in asymptote from the very old Imaging to the maintained Pillow. Fixes #9867.

    • [ken] - Update to libdrm-2.4.84. Fixes #9882.

    • [ken] - Update to xorg-server-1.19.5 (security fix). Fixes #9881.

    • [ken] - Update to libXres-1.2.0 (security fix). Fixes #9879.

    • [ken] - Update to libXfont2-2.0.2 (security fix). Fixes #9878.

    • [dj] - Update to Chromium-61.0.3163.100. Fixes #9681.

  • October 11th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.21. Fixes #9863.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qt5-5.9.2 and qtwebengine-5.9.2. Fixes #9860.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libxslt-1.1.31. Fixes #9859.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libxml2-2.9.6. Fixes #9858.

  • October 10th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to curl-7.56.0. Fixes #9847.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gjs-1.50.1. Fixes #9838.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtksourceview-3.24.5. Fixes #9829.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+3.22.24. Fixes #9836.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to babl-0.1.34. Fixes #9840.

  • October 8th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ghostscript-9.22. Fixes #9851.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.9.4. Fixes #9846.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to openjpeg2-2.3.0. Fixes #9845.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to librsvg-2.40.19. Fixes #9844.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to httpd-2.4.28. Fixes #9842.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xorg-server-1.19.4. Fixes #9850.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xkeyboard-config-2.22. Fixes #9849.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.2.2. Fixes #9848.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.8.3. Fixes #9843.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #9857.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to babl-0.1.32. Fixes #9840.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to openssh-7.6p1. Fixes #9839.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+3.22.22. Fixes #9836.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gdk-pixbuf-2.36.11. Fixes #9835.

    • [dj] - Update to samba-4.7.0. Fixes #9809.

    • [dj] - Use upstream tarball for systemd with meson build.

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-56.0.1 (not a security fix) and add details of how to run its testsuite (not recommended, it uses a lot of space and time, and has a failure even when the default stylo is enabled.) Fixes #9855.

    • [dj] - Update to node.js-8.6.0. Fixes #9756.

  • October 7th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to poppler-0.60.1. Fixes #9834.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gobject-introspection-1.54.1. Fixes #9833.

    • [dj] - Update to make-ca-0.5.

  • October 6th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qemu-2.10.1. Fixes #9832.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to p11-kit-0.23.9. Fixes #9830.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mercurial-4.3.3. Fixes #9828.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to tripwire- Fixes #9827.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mariadb-10.2.9. Fixes #9821.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xfsprogs-4.13.1. Fixes #9816.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.13.1. Fixes #9815.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to SDL2-2.0.6. Fixes #9805.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nghttp2-1.26.0. Fixes #9797.

    • [ken] - Update to mutt-1.9.1. Fixes #9826.

  • October 4th, 2017

    • [pierre] - Update to php-7.1.10. Fixes #9824.

    • [pierre] - Update to enchant-2.1.2. Fixes #9822.

    • [pierre] - Update to git-2.14.2. Fixes #9818.

    • [pierre] - Update to krb5-1.15.2. Fixes #9814.

    • [pierre] - Update to joe-4.5. Fixes #9810.

    • [pierre] - Update to fontconfig-2.12.6. Fixes #9801.

    • [pierre] - Add a configuration section to the glib-networking page. Fixes #9775.

    • [pierre] - Update to llvm-5.0.0. Fixes #9742.

    • [pierre] - Update to mesa-17.2.1. Fixes #9710.

  • October 3rd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LibRaw-0.18.5. Fixes #9800.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.9.3. Fixes #9795.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gnupg-2.2.1. Fixes #9791.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pulseaudio-11.1. Fixes #9789.

  • October 1st, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libblockdev-2.13. Fixes #9823.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libbytesize-1.2. Fixes #9799.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faad2-2.8.5. Fixes #9807.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #9806.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to fuse3-3.2.0. Fixes #9754.

  • September 30th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gstreamer-1.12.3 and plugins. Fixes #9788.

    • [renodr] - Added libseccomp for gnome-desktop. Fixes #9825.

  • September 29th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libwww-perl-6.27 (perl-module). Fixes #9802.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ninja-1.8.2. Fixes #9793.

    • [bdubbs] - Update /etc/profile script to accomodate systemd. Fixes #9790.

  • September 28th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to firefox-56.0 and reinstate system cairo in its build. Fixes #9820.

  • September 25th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to scons-3.0.0. Fixes #9786.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mercurial-4.3.2. Fixes #9785.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to shared-mime-info-1.9. Fixes #9784.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to six-1.11.0 (Python module). Fixes #9779.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.15.3 (python module). Fixes #9778.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to iso-codes-3.76. Fixes #9776.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to python2-2.7.14. Fixes #9773.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to enchant-2.1.1. Fixes #9761.

    • [pierre] - Update to unbound-1.6.6. Fixes #9787.

  • September 23rd, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to nss-3.33. Fixes #9794.

    • [ken] - Update to nspr-4.17. Fixes #9792.

  • September 21st, 2017

    • [ken] - Patch texlive for changes in poppler-0.59. Fixes #9798.

    • [ken] - Fix gtk-xfce-engine-3.2.0 for glib-2.54 (glib-mkenum has been rewritten in python and crashes on an ISO-8859-1 character). Fixes #9783.

  • September 20th, 2017

    • [renodr] - Update to gjs-1.50.0. Partially fixes #9746.

  • September 19th, 2017

    • [ken] - Update to lxml-4.0.0 (Python module). Fixes #9777.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libburn and libisoburn-1.4.8. Fixes #9774.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qpdf-7.0.0. Fixes #9772.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to freetype-2.8.1. Fixes #9771.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to xf86-input-libinput-0.26.0. Fixes #9769.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to upower-0.99.6. Fixes #9750.

  • September 18th, 2017

    • [ken] - glibmm-2.54.1. Fixes #9782.

    • [ken] - libxslt-1.1.30 : make xslt-config --cflags work. Fixes #9781.

    • [pierre] - Clarify cryptsetup dependencies.

    • [renodr] - Add libidn2. Fixes #9045.

    • [renodr] - Add mozjs-52. Fixes #9770.

  • September 17th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Install help2man script included with lsb_release.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ruby-2.4.2. Fixes #9768.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to jasper-2.0.14. Fixes #9767.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libbytesize-1.0. Fixes #9766.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-filters-1.17.5. Fixes #9764.

    • [renodr] - Update to WebKitGTK+-2.18.0. Fixes #9748.

  • September 15th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libisofs-1.4.8. Fixes #9763.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LibRaw-0.18.4. Fixes #9757.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to emacs-25.3. Fixes #9755.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to ffmpeg-3.3.4. Fixes #9752.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to nss-3.32.1. Fixes #9749.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to fontconfig-2.12.5. Fixes #9740.

    • [ken] - Update the kernel config requirements for testing bluez. Fixes #9765.

  • September 14th, 2017

    • [renodr] - Update to gtkmm-3.22.2. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to glibmm-2.54.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to gdk-pixbuf-2.36.10. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to adwaita-icon-theme-3.24.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to GTK+-3.22.21. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [ken] - Update to bluez-5.47. This is a security fix. Fixes (except an undetermined kernel config requirement for tests) #9765.

    • [renodr] - Update to pyatspi2-2.26.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to glib-networking-2.54.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to libsoup-2.60.0. This is a security fix. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to at-spi2-atk-2.26.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to at-spi2-core-2.26.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to ATK-2.26.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to pygobject-3.26.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to xf86-video-amdgpu-1.4.0. Fixes #9736.

    • [renodr] - Update to xf86-video-ati-7.10.0. Fixes #9737.

  • September 13th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.1. Partially fixes #9738.

  • September 12th, 2017

    • [renodr] - Update to glib2-2.54.0. Partially fixes #9746.

    • [renodr] - Update to gobject-introspection-1.54.0. Partially fixes #9746.

  • September 11th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gjs-1.48.7. Fixes #9730.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to LibRaw-0.18.3. Fixes #9739.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cups-filters-1.17.4. Fixes #9732.

    • [pierre] - Add itstool as a required dependency of gnumeric. Fixes #9741.

  • September 10th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.13. Fixes #9734.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to File-Which-1.22 (perl module). Fixes #9733.

    • [bdubbs] - Add inkscape patch to use latest poppler. Fixes #9733.

    • [ken] - Update to mutt-1.9.0. Fixes #9699.

  • September 9th, 2017

    • [pierre] - Update to libxslt-1.1.30. Fixes #9707.

    • [pierre] - Update to libxml2-2.9.5. Fixes #9706.

  • September 8th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to feh-2.20. Fixes #9731.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libinput-1.8.2. Fixes #9728.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gdb-8.0.1. Fixes #9727.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to cmake-3.9.2. Fixes #9726.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to boost-1_65_1. Fixes #9725.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to sudo-1.8.21p2. Fixes #9724.

    • [renodr] - Update to gsettings-desktop-schemas-3.24.1. Fixes #9714.

    • [renodr] - Update to glibmm-2.52.1. Fixes #9705.

    • [pierre] - Fix vala-0.38.0 dependencies: graphviz is now required.

  • September 7th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtksourceview-3.24.4. Fixes #9722.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.5.1. Fixes #9718.

    • [bdubbs] - Add GConf as required dependency for plasma. Fixes #9717.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to List-MoreUtils-0.425 (Perl Module). Fixes #9721.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pulseaudio-11.0. Fixes #9720.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to vala-0.38.0. Fixes #9709.

  • September 5th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+3.22.20. Fixes #9711.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pango-1.40.12. Fixes #9712.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #9715.

    • [pierre] - Update to poppler-0.59.0. Fixes #9708.

  • September 4th, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gtk+3.22.19. Fixes #9664.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pango-1.40.11. Fixes #9658.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac- Fixes #9704.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to hicolor-icon-theme-0.17. Fixes #9702.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to pycairo-1.15.2 (python module). Fixes #9701.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to php-7.1.9. Fixes #9698.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to hd2u-1,0,4. Fixes #9697.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libpng-1.6.32. Fixes #9682.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to exiv2-0.26. Fixes #9624.

    • [pierre] - Update to poppler-0.58.0. Fixes #9696.

    • [pierre] - Update to libreoffice- Fixes #9695.

    • [pierre] - Update to postgresql-9.6.5. Fixes #9693.

    • [pierre] - Update to udisks2-2.7.3. Fixes #9692.

    • [pierre] - Update to gutenprint-5.2.13. Fixes #9691.

    • [pierre] - Update to libblockdev-2.12-1. Fixes #9690.

    • [pierre] - Update to wireshark-2.4.1. Fixes #9688.

    • [pierre] - Update to gnupg-2.2.0. Fixes #9687.

    • [pierre] - Update to libgcrypt-1.8.1. Fixes #9685.

    • [pierre] - Update to sqlite-3.20.1. Fixes #9674.

    • [pierre] - Update to sudo-1.8.21p1. Fixes #9669.

    • [pierre] - Update to boost-1_65_0. Fixes #9661.

    • [pierre] - Update to gnutls-3.6.0. Fixes #9654.

  • September 3rd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to qemu-2.10.0. Fixes #9689.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to btrfs-progs-4.12.1. Fixes #9679.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to faac-1.29.7. Fixes #9667.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to hicolor-icon-theme-0.16. Fixes #9665.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to mesa-17.1.8. Fixes #9657.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to harfbuzz-1.5.0. Fixes #9670.

  • September 2nd, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Update to libdrm-2.4.83. Fixes #9675.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to whois-5.2.18. Fixes #9663.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to gdk-pixbuf-2.36.9. Fixes #9644.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to List-MoreUtils-0.423 (Perl Module). Fixes #9662.

    • [bdubbs] - Update to Text-BibTeX-0.82 (Perl Module). Fixes #9686.

    • [pierre] - Fix a bug in valgrind, which was generating an error in dovecot tests.

  • September 1st, 2017

    • [bdubbs] - Release of BLFS-8.1.

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Mailing Lists

The server is hosting a number of mailing lists that are used for the development of the BLFS book. These lists include, among others, the main development and support lists.

For more information regarding which lists are available, how to subscribe to them, archive locations, etc., visit

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The BLFS Project has created a Wiki for users to comment on pages and instructions at Comments are welcome from all users.

The following are the rules for posting:

  • Users must register and log in to edit a page.

  • Suggestions to change the book should be made by creating a new ticket, not by making comments in the Wiki.

  • Questions with your specific installation problems should be made by subscribing and mailing to the BLFS Support Mailing List at mailto:blfs-support AT linuxfromscratch D0T org.

  • Discussions of build instructions should be made by subscribing and mailing to the BLFS Development List at mailto:blfs-dev AT linuxfromscratch D0T org.

  • Inappropriate material will be removed.

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Asking for Help and the FAQ

If you encounter a problem while using this book, and your problem is not listed in the FAQ (, you will find that most of the people on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and on the mailing lists are willing to help you. An overview of the LFS mailing lists can be found in Mailing lists. To assist us in diagnosing and solving your problem, include as much relevant information as possible in your request for help.

Things to Check Prior to Asking

Before asking for help, you should review the following items:

  • Is the hardware support compiled into the kernel or available as a module to the kernel? If it is a module, is it configured properly in modprobe.conf and has it been loaded? You should use lsmod as the root user to see if it's loaded. Check the sys.log file or run modprobe <driver> to review any error message. If it loads properly, you may need to add the modprobe command to your boot scripts.

  • Are your permissions properly set, especially for devices? LFS uses groups to make these settings easier, but it also adds the step of adding users to groups to allow access. A simple usermod -G audio <user> may be all that's necessary for that user to have access to the sound system. Any question that starts out with “It works as root, but not as ...” requires a thorough review of permissions prior to asking.

  • BLFS liberally uses /opt/<package>. The main objection to this centers around the need to expand your environment variables for each package placed there (e.g., PATH=$PATH:/opt/kde/bin). In most cases, the package instructions will walk you through the changes, but some will not. The section called “Going Beyond BLFS” is available to help you check.

Things to Mention

Apart from a brief explanation of the problem you're having, the essential things to include in your request are:

  • the version of the book you are using (being 8.2),

  • the package or section giving you problems,

  • the exact error message or symptom you are receiving,

  • whether you have deviated from the book or LFS at all,

  • if you are installing a BLFS package on a non-LFS system.

(Note that saying that you've deviated from the book doesn't mean that we won't help you. It'll just help us to see other possible causes of your problem.)

Expect guidance instead of specific instructions. If you are instructed to read something, please do so. It generally implies that the answer was way too obvious and that the question would not have been asked if a little research was done prior to asking. The volunteers in the mailing list prefer not to be used as an alternative to doing reasonable research on your end. In addition, the quality of your experience with BLFS is also greatly enhanced by this research, and the quality of volunteers is enhanced because they don't feel that their time has been abused, so they are far more likely to participate.

An excellent article on asking for help on the Internet in general has been written by Eric S. Raymond. It is available online at Read and follow the hints in that document and you are much more likely to get a response to start with and also to get the help you actually need.

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Many people have contributed both directly and indirectly to BLFS. This page lists all of those we can think of. We may well have left people out and if you feel this is the case, drop us a line. Many thanks to all of the LFS community for their assistance with this project.

Current Editors

  • Bruce Dubbs

  • Pierre Labastie

  • DJ Lucas

  • Ken Moffat

Contributors and Past Editors

The list of contributors is far too large to provide detailed information about the contributions for each contributor. Over the years, the following individuals have provided significant inputs to the book:

  • Timothy Bauscher

  • Daniel Bauman

  • Jeff Bauman

  • Andy Benton

  • Wayne Blaszczyk

  • Paul Campbell

  • Nathan Coulson

  • Jeroen Coumans

  • Guy Dalziel

  • Robert Daniels

  • Richard Downing

  • Manuel Canales Esparcia

  • Jim Gifford

  • Manfred Glombowski

  • Ag Hatzimanikas

  • Mark Hymers

  • James Iwanek

  • David Jensen

  • Jeremy Jones

  • Seth Klein

  • Alex Kloss

  • Eric Konopka

  • Larry Lawrence

  • Chris Lynn

  • Andrew McMurry

  • Randy McMurchy

  • Denis Mugnier

  • Billy O'Connor

  • Fernando de Oliveira

  • Alexander Patrakov

  • Olivier Peres

  • Andreas Pedersen

  • Douglas Reno

  • Henning Rohde

  • Matt Rogers

  • James Robertson

  • Henning Rohde

  • Chris Staub

  • Jesse Tie-Ten-Quee

  • Ragnar Thomsen

  • Thomas Trepl

  • Tushar Teredesai

  • Jeremy Utley

  • Zack Winkles

  • Christian Wurst

  • Igor Živković

General Acknowledgments

  • Fernando Arbeiza

  • Miguel Bazdresch

  • Gerard Beekmans

  • Oliver Brakmann

  • Jeremy Byron

  • Ian Chilton

  • David Ciecierski

  • Jim Harris

  • Lee Harris

  • Marc Heerdink

  • Steffen Knollmann

  • Eric Konopka

  • Scot McPherson

  • Ted Riley

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Contact Information

Please direct your emails to one of the BLFS mailing lists. See Mailing lists for more information on the available mailing lists.

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Chapter 2. Important Information

This chapter is used to explain some of the policies used throughout the book, to introduce important concepts and to explain some issues you may see with some of the included packages.

Notes on Building Software

Those people who have built an LFS system may be aware of the general principles of downloading and unpacking software. Some of that information is repeated here for those new to building their own software.

Each set of installation instructions contains a URL from which you can download the package. The patches; however, are stored on the LFS servers and are available via HTTP. These are referenced as needed in the installation instructions.

While you can keep the source files anywhere you like, we assume that you have unpacked the package and changed into the directory created by the unpacking process (the 'build' directory). We also assume you have uncompressed any required patches and they are in the directory immediately above the 'build' directory.

We can not emphasize strongly enough that you should start from a clean source tree each time. This means that if you have had an error during configuration or compilation, it's usually best to delete the source tree and re-unpack it before trying again. This obviously doesn't apply if you're an advanced user used to hacking Makefiles and C code, but if in doubt, start from a clean tree.

Building Software as an Unprivileged (non-root) User

The golden rule of Unix System Administration is to use your superpowers only when necessary. Hence, BLFS recommends that you build software as an unprivileged user and only become the root user when installing the software. This philosophy is followed in all the packages in this book. Unless otherwise specified, all instructions should be executed as an unprivileged user. The book will advise you on instructions that need root privileges.

Unpacking the Software

If a file is in .tar format and compressed, it is unpacked by running one of the following commands:

tar -xvf filename.tar.gz
tar -xvf filename.tgz
tar -xvf filename.tar.Z
tar -xvf filename.tar.bz2


You may omit using the v parameter in the commands shown above and below if you wish to suppress the verbose listing of all the files in the archive as they are extracted. This can help speed up the extraction as well as make any errors produced during the extraction more obvious to you.

You can also use a slightly different method:

bzcat filename.tar.bz2 | tar -xv

Finally, you sometimes need to be able to unpack patches which are generally not in .tar format. The best way to do this is to copy the patch file to the parent of the 'build' directory and then run one of the following commands depending on whether the file is a .gz or .bz2 file:

gunzip -v patchname.gz
bunzip2 -v patchname.bz2

Verifying File Integrity Using 'md5sum'

Generally, to verify that the downloaded file is genuine and complete, many package maintainers also distribute md5sums of the files. To verify the md5sum of the downloaded files, download both the file and the corresponding md5sum file to the same directory (preferably from different on-line locations), and (assuming file.md5sum is the md5sum file downloaded) run the following command:

md5sum -c file.md5sum

If there are any errors, they will be reported. Note that the BLFS book includes md5sums for all the source files also. To use the BLFS supplied md5sums, you can create a file.md5sum (place the md5sum data and the exact name of the downloaded file on the same line of a file, separated by white space) and run the command shown above. Alternately, simply run the command shown below and compare the output to the md5sum data shown in the BLFS book.

md5sum <name_of_downloaded_file>

Creating Log Files During Installation

For larger packages, it is convenient to create log files instead of staring at the screen hoping to catch a particular error or warning. Log files are also useful for debugging and keeping records. The following command allows you to create an installation log. Replace <command> with the command you intend to execute.

( <command> 2>&1 | tee compile.log && exit $PIPESTATUS )

2>&1 redirects error messages to the same location as standard output. The tee command allows viewing of the output while logging the results to a file. The parentheses around the command run the entire command in a subshell and finally the exit $PIPESTATUS command ensures the result of the <command> is returned as the result and not the result of the tee command.

Using Multiple Processors

For many modern systems with multiple processors (or cores) the compilation time for a package can be reduced by performing a "parallel make" by either setting an environment variable or telling the make program how many processors are available. For instance, a Core2Duo can support two simultaneous processes with:

export MAKEFLAGS='-j2'

or just building with:

make -j2

Generally the number of processes should not exceed the number of cores supported by the CPU. To list the processors on your system, issue: grep processor /proc/cpuinfo.

In some cases, using multiple processors may result in a 'race' condition where the success of the build depends on the order of the commands run by the make program. For instance, if an executable needs File A and File B, attempting to link the program before one of the dependent components is available will result in a failure. This condition usually arises because the upstream developer has not properly designated all the prerequsites needed to accomplish a step in the Makefile.

If this occurs, the best way to proceed is to drop back to a single processor build. Adding '-j1' to a make command will override the similar setting in the MAKEFLAGS environment variable.


When running the package tests or the install portion of the package build process, we do not recommend using an option greater than '-j1' unless specified otherwise. The installation procedures or checks have not been validated using parallel procedures and may fail with issues that are difficult to debug.

Automated Building Procedures

There are times when automating the building of a package can come in handy. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to automate building, and everyone goes about it in their own way. Creating Makefiles, Bash scripts, Perl scripts or simply a list of commands used to cut and paste are just some of the methods you can use to automate building BLFS packages. Detailing how and providing examples of the many ways you can automate the building of packages is beyond the scope of this section. This section will expose you to using file redirection and the yes command to help provide ideas on how to automate your builds.

File Redirection to Automate Input

You will find times throughout your BLFS journey when you will come across a package that has a command prompting you for information. This information might be configuration details, a directory path, or a response to a license agreement. This can present a challenge to automate the building of that package. Occasionally, you will be prompted for different information in a series of questions. One method to automate this type of scenario requires putting the desired responses in a file and using redirection so that the program uses the data in the file as the answers to the questions.

Building the CUPS package is a good example of how redirecting a file as input to prompts can help you automate the build. If you run the test suite, you are asked to respond to a series of questions regarding the type of test to run and if you have any auxiliary programs the test can use. You can create a file with your responses, one response per line, and use a command similar to the one shown below to automate running the test suite:

make check < ../cups-1.1.23-testsuite_parms

This effectively makes the test suite use the responses in the file as the input to the questions. Occasionally you may end up doing a bit of trial and error determining the exact format of your input file for some things, but once figured out and documented you can use this to automate building the package.

Using yes to Automate Input

Sometimes you will only need to provide one response, or provide the same response to many prompts. For these instances, the yes command works really well. The yes command can be used to provide a response (the same one) to one or more instances of questions. It can be used to simulate pressing just the Enter key, entering the Y key or entering a string of text. Perhaps the easiest way to show its use is in an example.

First, create a short Bash script by entering the following commands:

cat > blfs-yes-test1 << "EOF"

echo -n -e "\n\nPlease type something (or nothing) and press Enter ---> "


if test "$A_STRING" = ""; then A_STRING="Just the Enter key was pressed"
else A_STRING="You entered '$A_STRING'"

echo -e "\n\n$A_STRING\n\n"
chmod 755 blfs-yes-test1

Now run the script by issuing ./blfs-yes-test1 from the command line. It will wait for a response, which can be anything (or nothing) followed by the Enter key. After entering something, the result will be echoed to the screen. Now use the yes command to automate the entering of a response:

yes | ./blfs-yes-test1

Notice that piping yes by itself to the script results in y being passed to the script. Now try it with a string of text:

yes 'This is some text' | ./blfs-yes-test1

The exact string was used as the response to the script. Finally, try it using an empty (null) string:

yes '' | ./blfs-yes-test1

Notice this results in passing just the press of the Enter key to the script. This is useful for times when the default answer to the prompt is sufficient. This syntax is used in the Net-tools instructions to accept all the defaults to the many prompts during the configuration step. You may now remove the test script, if desired.

File Redirection to Automate Output

In order to automate the building of some packages, especially those that require you to read a license agreement one page at a time, requires using a method that avoids having to press a key to display each page. Redirecting the output to a file can be used in these instances to assist with the automation. The previous section on this page touched on creating log files of the build output. The redirection method shown there used the tee command to redirect output to a file while also displaying the output to the screen. Here, the output will only be sent to a file.

Again, the easiest way to demonstrate the technique is to show an example. First, issue the command:

ls -l /usr/bin | more

Of course, you'll be required to view the output one page at a time because the more filter was used. Now try the same command, but this time redirect the output to a file. The special file /dev/null can be used instead of the filename shown, but you will have no log file to examine:

ls -l /usr/bin | more > redirect_test.log 2>&1

Notice that this time the command immediately returned to the shell prompt without having to page through the output. You may now remove the log file.

The last example will use the yes command in combination with output redirection to bypass having to page through the output and then provide a y to a prompt. This technique could be used in instances when otherwise you would have to page through the output of a file (such as a license agreement) and then answer the question of “do you accept the above?”. For this example, another short Bash script is required:

cat > blfs-yes-test2 << "EOF"

ls -l /usr/bin | more

echo -n -e "\n\nDid you enjoy reading this? (y,n) "


if test "$A_STRING" = "y"; then A_STRING="You entered the 'y' key"
else A_STRING="You did NOT enter the 'y' key"

echo -e "\n\n$A_STRING\n\n"
chmod 755 blfs-yes-test2

This script can be used to simulate a program that requires you to read a license agreement, then respond appropriately to accept the agreement before the program will install anything. First, run the script without any automation techniques by issuing ./blfs-yes-test2.

Now issue the following command which uses two automation techniques, making it suitable for use in an automated build script:

yes | ./blfs-yes-test2 > blfs-yes-test2.log 2>&1

If desired, issue tail blfs-yes-test2.log to see the end of the paged output, and confirmation that y was passed through to the script. Once satisfied that it works as it should, you may remove the script and log file.

Finally, keep in mind that there are many ways to automate and/or script the build commands. There is not a single “correct” way to do it. Your imagination is the only limit.


For each package described, BLFS lists the known dependencies. These are listed under several headings, whose meaning is as follows:

  • Required means that the target package cannot be correctly built without the dependency having first been installed.

  • Recommended means that BLFS strongly suggests this package is installed first for a clean and trouble-free build, that won't have issues either during the build process, or at run-time. The instructions in the book assume these packages are installed. Some changes or workarounds may be required if these packages are not installed.

  • Optional means that this package might be installed for added functionality. Often BLFS will describe the dependency to explain the added functionality that will result.

Using the Most Current Package Sources

On occasion you may run into a situation in the book when a package will not build or work properly. Though the Editors attempt to ensure that every package in the book builds and works properly, sometimes a package has been overlooked or was not tested with this particular version of BLFS.

If you discover that a package will not build or work properly, you should see if there is a more current version of the package. Typically this means you go to the maintainer's web site and download the most current tarball and attempt to build the package. If you cannot determine the maintainer's web site by looking at the download URLs, use Google and query the package's name. For example, in the Google search bar type: 'package_name download' (omit the quotes) or something similar. Sometimes typing: 'package_name home page' will result in you finding the maintainer's web site.

Stripping One More Time

In LFS, stripping of debugging symbols was discussed a couple of times. When building BLFS packages, there are generally no special instructions that discuss stripping again. It is probably not a good idea to strip an executable or a library while it is in use, so exiting any windowing environment is a good idea. Then you can do:

find /{,usr/}{bin,lib,sbin} -type f -exec strip --strip-unneeded {} \;

If you install programs in other directories such as /opt or /usr/local, you may want to strip the files there too.

For more information on stripping, see

Libtool files

One of the side effects of packages that use Autotools, including libtool, is that they create many files with an .la extension. These files are not needed in an LFS environment. If there are conflicts with pkgconfig entries, they can actually prevent successful builds. You may want to consider removing these files periodically:

find /lib /usr/lib -not -path "*Image*" -a -name \*.la -delete

The above command removes all .la files with the exception of those that have "Image" as a part of the path. These .la files are used by the ImageMagick programs. There may be other exceptions by packages not in BLFS.

Last updated on 2018-01-12 19:33:35 -0800

The /usr Versus /usr/local Debate

Should I install XXX in /usr or /usr/local?

This is a question without an obvious answer for an LFS based system.

In traditional Unix systems, /usr usually contains files that come with the system distribution, and the /usr/local tree is free for the local administrator to manage. The only really hard and fast rule is that Unix distributions should not touch /usr/local, except perhaps to create the basic directories within it.

With Linux distributions like Red Hat, Debian, etc., a possible rule is that /usr is managed by the distribution's package system and /usr/local is not. This way the package manager's database knows about every file within /usr.

LFS users build their own system and so deciding where the system ends and local files begin is not straightforward. So the choice should be made in order to make things easier to administer. There are several reasons for dividing files between /usr and /usr/local.

  • On a network of several machines all running LFS, or mixed LFS and other Linux distributions, /usr/local could be used to hold packages that are common between all the computers in the network. It can be NFS mounted or mirrored from a single server. Here local indicates local to the site.

  • On a network of several computers all running an identical LFS system, /usr/local could hold packages that are different between the machines. In this case local refers to the individual computers.

  • Even on a single computer, /usr/local can be useful if you have several distributions installed simultaneously, and want a place to put packages that will be the same on all of them.

  • Or you might regularly rebuild your LFS, but want a place to put files that you don't want to rebuild each time. This way you can wipe the LFS file system and start from a clean partition every time without losing everything.

Some people ask why not use your own directory tree, e.g., /usr/site, rather than /usr/local?

There is nothing stopping you, many sites do make their own trees, however it makes installing new software more difficult. Automatic installers often look for dependencies in /usr and /usr/local, and if the file it is looking for is in /usr/site instead, the installer will probably fail unless you specifically tell it where to look.

What is the BLFS position on this?

All of the BLFS instructions install programs in /usr with optional instructions to install into /opt for some specific packages.

Last updated on 2007-04-04 12:42:53 -0700

Optional Patches

As you follow the various sections in the book, you will observe that the book occasionally includes patches that are required for a successful and secure installation of the packages. The general policy of the book is to include patches that fall in one of the following criteria:

  • Fixes a compilation problem.

  • Fixes a security problem.

  • Fixes a broken functionality.

In short, the book only includes patches that are either required or recommended. There is a Patches subproject which hosts various patches (including the patches referenced in the books) to enable you to configure your LFS the way you like it.

Last updated on 2007-04-04 12:42:53 -0700

BLFS Boot Scripts

The BLFS Bootscripts package contains the init scripts that are used throughout the book. It is assumed that you will be using the BLFS Bootscripts package in conjunction with a compatible LFS-Bootscripts package. Refer to ../../../../lfs/view/8.2/chapter07/bootscripts.html for more information on the LFS-Bootscripts package.

The BLFS Bootscripts package will be used throughout the BLFS book for startup scripts. Unlike LFS, each init script has a separate install target in the BLFS Bootscripts package. It is recommended you keep the package source directory around until completion of your BLFS system. When a script is requested from BLFS Bootscripts, simply change to the directory and as the root user, execute the given make install-<init-script> command. This command installs the init script to its proper location (along with any auxiliary configuration scripts) and also creates the appropriate symlinks to start and stop the service at the appropriate run-level.


You should review each bootscript before installation to ascertain that it satisfies your need. Also verify that the start and stop symlinks it creates match your preferences.


From time to time the bootscripts are updated to accommodate new packages or to make minor corrections. All versions of the bootscripts are located at

Last updated on 2016-08-28 02:28:15 -0700

About Libtool Archive (.la) files

Files with a .la extention

In LFS we installed a package, libtool, that is used by many packages to build on a variety of Unix platforms. This includes platforms such as AIX, Solaris, IRIX, HP-UX, and Cygwin as well as Linux. The origins of this tool are quite dated. It was intended to manage libraries on systems with less advanced capabilities than a modern Linux system.

On a Linux system, libtool specific files are generally unneeded. Normally libraries are specified in the build process during the link phase. Since a linux system uses the Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) for executables and libraries, information needed to complete the task is embedded in the files. At run time the program loader can query the appropriate files and properly load and execute the program.

The problem is that libtool usually creates one or more text files for package libraries called libtool archives. These small files have a ".la" extention and contain information that is similar to that embedded in the libraries. When building a package that uses libtool, the process automatically looks for these files. If a package is updated and no longer uses the .la file, then the build process can break.

The solution is to remove the .la files. However there is a catch. Some packages, such as ImageMagick-7.0.7-23, use a libtool function, lt_dlopen, to load libraries as needed during execution and resolve their dependencies at run time. In this case, the .la files should remain.

The script below, removes all unneeded .la files and saves them in a directory, /var/local/la-files by default, not in the normal library path. It also searches all pkg-config files (.pc) for embedded references to .la files and fixes them to be conventional library references needed when an application or library is built. It can be run as needed to clean up the directories that may be causing problems.

cat > /usr/sbin/ << "EOF"

# /usr/sbin/
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by Bruce Dubbs <>

# Make sure we are running with root privs
if test "${EUID}" -ne 0; then
    echo "Error: $(basename ${0}) must be run as the root user! Exiting..."
    exit 1

# Make sure PKG_CONFIG_PATH is set if discarded by sudo
source /etc/profile


mkdir -p $OLD_LA_DIR

# Only search directories in /opt, but not symlinks to directories
OPTDIRS=$(find /opt -mindepth 1 -maxdepth 1 -type d)

# Move any found .la files to a directory out of the way
find /usr/lib $OPTDIRS -name "*.la" ! -path "/usr/lib/ImageMagick*" \
  -exec mv -fv {} $OLD_LA_DIR \;

# Fix any .pc files that may have .la references


# For each directory that can have .pc files
for d in $(echo $PKG_CONFIG_PATH | tr : ' ') $STD_PC_PATH; do

  # For each pc file
  for pc in $d/*.pc ; do
    if [ $pc == "$d/*.pc" ]; then continue; fi

    # Check each word in a line with a .la reference
    for word in $(grep '\.la' $pc); do
      if $(echo $word | grep -q '.la$' ); then
        mkdir -p $d/la-backup
        cp -fv  $pc $d/la-backup

        basename=$(basename $word )
        libref=$(echo $basename|sed -e 's/^lib/-l/' -e 's/\.la$//')
        # Fix the .pc file
        sed -i "s:$word:$libref:" $pc


chmod +x /usr/sbin/

User Notes:

Last updated on 2017-12-23 07:56:03 -0800

Libraries: Static or shared?

Libraries: Static or shared?

The original libraries were simply an archive of routines from which the required routines were extracted and linked into the executable program. These are described as static libraries (libfoo.a). On some old operating systems they are the only type available.

On almost all Linux platforms there are also shared libraries ( - one copy of the library is loaded into virtual memory, and shared by all the programs which call any of its functions. This is space efficient.

In the past, essential programs such as a shell were often linked statically so that some form of minimal recovery system would exist even if shared libraries, such as, became damaged (e.g. moved to lost+found after fsck following an unclean shutdown). Nowadays, most people use an alternative system install or a Live CD if they have to recover. Journaling filesystems also reduce the likelihood of this sort of problem.

Developers, at least while they are developing, often prefer to use static versions of the libraries which their code links to.

Within the book, there are various places where configure switches such as --disable-static are employed, and other places where the possibility of using system versions of libraries instead of the versions included within another package is discussed. The main reason for this is to simplify updates of libraries.

If a package is linked to a dynamic library, updating to a newer library version is automatic once the newer library is installed and the program is (re)started (provided the library major version is unchanged, e.g. going from to Going to will require recompilation - ldd can be used to find which programs use the old version). If a program is linked to a static library, the program always has to be recompiled. If you know which programs are linked to a particular static library, this is merely an annoyance. But usually you will not know which programs to recompile.

Most libraries are shared, but if you do something unusual, such as moving a shared library to /lib accidentally breaking the .so symlink in /usr/lib while keeping the static library in /lib, the static library will be silently linked into the programs which need it.

One way to identify when a static library is used, is to deal with it at the end of the installation of every package. Write a script to find all the static libraries in /usr/lib or wherever you are installing to, and either move them to another directory so that they are no longer found by the linker, or rename them so that libfoo.a becomes e.g. libfoo.a.hidden. The static library can then be temporarily restored if it is ever needed, and the package needing it can be identified. You may choose to exclude some of the static libraries from glibc if you do this (libc_nonshared.a, libg.a, libieee.a, libm.a, libpthread_nonshared.a, librpcsvc.a, libsupc++.a) to simplify compilation.

If you use this approach, you may discover that more packages than you were expecting use a static library. That was the case with nettle-2.4 in its default static-only configuration: It was required by GnuTLS-3.0.19, but also linked into package(s) which used GnuTLS, such as glib-networking-2.32.3.

Many packages put some of their common functions into a static library which is only used by the programs within the package and, crucially, the library is not installed as a standalone library. These internal libraries are not a problem - if the package has to be rebuilt to fix a bug or vulnerability, nothing else is linked to them.

When BLFS mentions system libraries, it means shared versions of libraries. Some packages such as Firefox-58.0.2 and ghostscript-9.22 include many other libraries. When they link to them, they link statically so this also makes the programs bigger. The version they ship is often older than the version used in the system, so it may contain bugs - sometimes developers go to the trouble of fixing bugs in their included libraries, other times they do not.

Sometimes, deciding to use system libraries is an easy decision. Other times it may require you to alter the system version (e.g. for libpng-1.6.34 if used for Firefox-58.0.2). Occasionally, a package ships an old library and can no longer link to the current version, but can link to an older version. In this case, BLFS will usually just use the shipped version. Sometimes the included library is no longer developed separately, or its upstream is now the same as the package's upstream and you have no other packages which will use it. In those cases, you might decide to use the included static library even if you usually prefer to use system libraries.

User Notes:

Last updated on 2015-09-20 15:38:20 -0700

Locale Related Issues

This page contains information about locale related problems and issues. In the following paragraphs you'll find a generic overview of things that can come up when configuring your system for various locales. Many (but not all) existing locale related problems can be classified and fall under one of the headings below. The severity ratings below use the following criteria:

  • Critical: The program doesn't perform its main function. The fix would be very intrusive, it's better to search for a replacement.

  • High: Part of the functionality that the program provides is not usable. If that functionality is required, it's better to search for a replacement.

  • Low: The program works in all typical use cases, but lacks some functionality normally provided by its equivalents.

If there is a known workaround for a specific package, it will appear on that package's page. For the most recent information about locale related issues for individual packages, check the User Notes in the BLFS Wiki.

The Needed Encoding is Not a Valid Option in the Program

Severity: Critical

Some programs require the user to specify the character encoding for their input or output data and present only a limited choice of encodings. This is the case for the -X option in a2ps-4.14 and Enscript-1.6.6, the -input-charset option in unpatched Cdrtools-3.02a09, and the character sets offered for display in the menu of Links-2.14. If the required encoding is not in the list, the program usually becomes completely unusable. For non-interactive programs, it may be possible to work around this by converting the document to a supported input character set before submitting to the program.

A solution to this type of problem is to implement the necessary support for the missing encoding as a patch to the original program or to find a replacement.

The Program Assumes the Locale-Based Encoding of External Documents

Severity: High for non-text documents, low for text documents

Some programs, nano-2.9.3 or JOE-4.6 for example, assume that documents are always in the encoding implied by the current locale. While this assumption may be valid for the user-created documents, it is not safe for external ones. When this assumption fails, non-ASCII characters are displayed incorrectly, and the document may become unreadable.

If the external document is entirely text based, it can be converted to the current locale encoding using the iconv program.

For documents that are not text-based, this is not possible. In fact, the assumption made in the program may be completely invalid for documents where the Microsoft Windows operating system has set de facto standards. An example of this problem is ID3v1 tags in MP3 files (see the BLFS Wiki ID3v1Coding page for more details). For these cases, the only solution is to find a replacement program that doesn't have the issue (e.g., one that will allow you to specify the assumed document encoding).

Among BLFS packages, this problem applies to nano-2.9.3, JOE-4.6, and all media players except Audacious-3.9.

Another problem in this category is when someone cannot read the documents you've sent them because their operating system is set up to handle character encodings differently. This can happen often when the other person is using Microsoft Windows, which only provides one character encoding for a given country. For example, this causes problems with UTF-8 encoded TeX documents created in Linux. On Windows, most applications will assume that these documents have been created using the default Windows 8-bit encoding.

In extreme cases, Windows encoding compatibility issues may be solved only by running Windows programs under Wine.

The Program Uses or Creates Filenames in the Wrong Encoding

Severity: Critical

The POSIX standard mandates that the filename encoding is the encoding implied by the current LC_CTYPE locale category. This information is well-hidden on the page which specifies the behavior of Tar and Cpio programs. Some programs get it wrong by default (or simply don't have enough information to get it right). The result is that they create filenames which are not subsequently shown correctly by ls, or they refuse to accept filenames that ls shows properly. For the GLib-2.54.3 library, the problem can be corrected by setting the G_FILENAME_ENCODING environment variable to the special "@locale" value. Glib2 based programs that don't respect that environment variable are buggy.

The Zip-3.0 and UnZip-6.0 have this problem because they hard-code the expected filename encoding. UnZip contains a hard-coded conversion table between the CP850 (DOS) and ISO-8859-1 (UNIX) encodings and uses this table when extracting archives created under DOS or Microsoft Windows. However, this assumption only works for those in the US and not for anyone using a UTF-8 locale. Non-ASCII characters will be mangled in the extracted filenames.

The general rule for avoiding this class of problems is to avoid installing broken programs. If this is impossible, the convmv command-line tool can be used to fix filenames created by these broken programs, or intentionally mangle the existing filenames to meet the broken expectations of such programs.

In other cases, a similar problem is caused by importing filenames from a system using a different locale with a tool that is not locale-aware (e.g., OpenSSH-7.6p1). In order to avoid mangling non-ASCII characters when transferring files to a system with a different locale, any of the following methods can be used:

  • Transfer anyway, fix the damage with convmv.

  • On the sending side, create a tar archive with the --format=posix switch passed to tar (this will be the default in a future version of tar).

  • Mail the files as attachments. Mail clients specify the encoding of attached filenames.

  • Write the files to a removable disk formatted with a FAT or FAT32 filesystem.

  • Transfer the files using Samba.

  • Transfer the files via FTP using RFC2640-aware server (this currently means only wu-ftpd, which has bad security history) and client (e.g., lftp).

The last four methods work because the filenames are automatically converted from the sender's locale to UNICODE and stored or sent in this form. They are then transparently converted from UNICODE to the recipient's locale encoding.

The Program Breaks Multibyte Characters or Doesn't Count Character Cells Correctly

Severity: High or critical

Many programs were written in an older era where multibyte locales were not common. Such programs assume that C "char" data type, which is one byte, can be used to store single characters. Further, they assume that any sequence of characters is a valid string and that every character occupies a single character cell. Such assumptions completely break in UTF-8 locales. The visible manifestation is that the program truncates strings prematurely (i.e., at 80 bytes instead of 80 characters). Terminal-based programs don't place the cursor correctly on the screen, don't react to the "Backspace" key by erasing one character, and leave junk characters around when updating the screen, usually turning the screen into a complete mess.

Fixing this kind of problems is a tedious task from a programmer's point of view, like all other cases of retrofitting new concepts into the old flawed design. In this case, one has to redesign all data structures in order to accommodate to the fact that a complete character may span a variable number of "char"s (or switch to wchar_t and convert as needed). Also, for every call to the "strlen" and similar functions, find out whether a number of bytes, a number of characters, or the width of the string was really meant. Sometimes it is faster to write a program with the same functionality from scratch.

Among BLFS packages, this problem applies to xine-ui-0.99.10 and all the shells.

The Package Installs Manual Pages in Incorrect or Non-Displayable Encoding

Severity: Low

LFS expects that manual pages are in the language-specific (usually 8-bit) encoding, as specified on the LFS Man DB page. However, some packages install translated manual pages in UTF-8 encoding (e.g., Shadow, already dealt with), or manual pages in languages not in the table. Not all BLFS packages have been audited for conformance with the requirements put in LFS (the large majority have been checked, and fixes placed in the book for packages known to install non-conforming manual pages). If you find a manual page installed by any of BLFS packages that is obviously in the wrong encoding, please remove or convert it as needed, and report this to BLFS team as a bug.

You can easily check your system for any non-conforming manual pages by copying the following short shell script to some accessible location,

# Begin
# Usage: find /usr/share/man -type f | xargs
for a in "$@"
    # echo "Checking $a..."
    # Pure-ASCII manual page (possibly except comments) is OK
    grep -v '.\\"' "$a" | iconv -f US-ASCII -t US-ASCII >/dev/null 2>&1 \
        && continue
    # Non-UTF-8 manual page is OK
    iconv -f UTF-8 -t UTF-8 "$a" >/dev/null 2>&1 || continue
    # Found a UTF-8 manual page, bad.
    echo "UTF-8 manual page: $a" >&2
# End

and then issuing the following command (modify the command below if the script is not in your PATH environment variable):

find /usr/share/man -type f | xargs

Note that if you have manual pages installed in any location other than /usr/share/man (e.g., /usr/local/share/man), you must modify the above command to include this additional location.

Last updated on 2017-06-29 22:13:10 -0700

Going Beyond BLFS

The packages that are installed in this book are only the tip of the iceberg. We hope that the experience you gained with the LFS book and the BLFS book will give you the background needed to compile, install and configure packages that are not included in this book.

When you want to install a package to a location other than /, or /usr, you are installing outside the default environment settings on most machines. The following examples should assist you in determining how to correct this situation. The examples cover the complete range of settings that may need updating, but they are not all needed in every situation.

  • Expand the PATH to include $PREFIX/bin.

  • Expand the PATH for root to include $PREFIX/sbin.

  • Add $PREFIX/lib to /etc/ or expand LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include it. Before using the latter option, check out If you modify /etc/, remember to update /etc/ by executing ldconfig as the root user.

  • Add $PREFIX/man to /etc/man_db.conf or expand MANPATH.

  • Add $PREFIX/info to INFOPATH.

  • Add $PREFIX/lib/pkgconfig to PKG_CONFIG_PATH. Some packages are now installing .pc files in $PREFIX/share/pkgconfig, so you may have to include this directory also.

  • Add $PREFIX/include to CPPFLAGS when compiling packages that depend on the package you installed.

  • Add $PREFIX/lib to LDFLAGS when compiling packages that depend on a library installed by the package.

If you are in search of a package that is not in the book, the following are different ways you can search for the desired package.

Some general hints on handling new packages:

  • Many of the newer packages follow the ./configure && make && make install process. Help on the options accepted by configure can be obtained via the command ./configure --help.

  • Most of the packages contain documentation on compiling and installing the package. Some of the documents are excellent, some not so excellent. Check out the homepage of the package for any additional and updated hints for compiling and configuring the package.

  • If you are having a problem compiling the package, try searching the LFS archives at for the error or if that fails, try searching Google. Often, a distribution will have already solved the problem (many of them use development versions of packages, so they see the changes sooner than those of us who normally use stable released versions). But be cautious - all builders tend to carry patches which are no longer necessary, and to have fixes which are only required because of their particular choices in how they build a package. You may have to search deeply to find a fix for the package version you are trying to use, or even to find the package (names are sometimes not what you might expect, e.g. ghostscript often has a prefix or a suffix in its name), but the following notes might help:

    • Arch - enter the package name in the 'Keywords' box, select the package name, select the 'Source Files' field, and then select the PKGBUILD entry to see how they build this package.

    • Debian (use your country's version if there is one) - the source will be in .tar.gz tarballs (either the original upstream .orig source, or else a dfsg containing those parts which comply with debian's free software guidelines) accompanied by versioned .diff.gz or .tar.gz additions. These additions often show how the package is built, and may contain patches. In the .diff.gz versions, any patches create files in debian/patches.

    • Fedora - this site is still occasionally overloaded, but it is an easy way of looking at .spec files and patches. If you know their name for the package (e.g. mesa.git) you can append that to the URI to get to it. If not, use the search box. If the site is unavailable, try looking for a local mirror of (the primary site is usually unavailable if fedora cgit is not responding) and download a source rpm to see what they do.

    • Gentoo - the mirrors for ebuilds and patches seem to be well-hidden, and they change frequently. Also, if you have found a mirror, you need to know which directory the application has been assigned to. The ebuilds themselves can be found at - use the search field. If there are any patches, a mirror will have them in the files/ directory. Depending on your browser, or the mirror, you might need to download the ebuild to be able to read it. Treat the ebuild as a sort of pseudo-code / shell combination - look in particular for sed commands and patches, or hazard a guess at the meanings of the functions such as dodoc.

    • openSUSE - source only seems to be available in source rpms.

    • Slackware - the official package browser is currently broken. The site at has current and previous versions in their unofficial repository with links to homepages, downloads, and some individual files, particularly the .SlackBuild files.

    • Ubuntu - see the debian notes above.

    If everything else fails, try the blfs-support mailing-list.


If you have found a package that is only available in .deb or .rpm format, there are two small scripts, rpm2targz and deb2targz that are available at and to convert the archives into a simple tar.gz format.

You may also find an rpm2cpio script useful. The Perl version in the linux kernel archives at works for most source rpms. The rpm2targz script will use an rpm2cpio script or binary if one is on your path. Note that rpm2cpio will unpack a source rpm in the current directory, giving a tarball, a spec file, and perhaps patches or other files.

Last updated on 2016-08-14 12:25:49 -0700

Part II. Post LFS Configuration and Extra Software

Chapter 3. After LFS Configuration Issues

The intention of LFS is to provide a basic system which you can build upon. There are several things about tidying up the system which many people wonder about once they have done the base install. We hope to cover these issues in this chapter.

Most people coming from non-Unix like backgrounds to Linux find the concept of text-only configuration files slightly strange. In Linux, just about all configuration is done via the manipulation of text files. The majority of these files can be found in the /etc hierarchy. There are often graphical configuration programs available for different subsystems but most are simply pretty front ends to the process of editing a text file. The advantage of text-only configuration is that you can edit parameters using your favorite text editor, whether that be vim, emacs, or any other editor.

The first task is making a recovery boot device in Creating a Custom Boot Device because it's the most critical need. Hardware issues relevant to firmware and other devices is addressed next. The system is then configured to ease addition of new users, because this can affect the choices you make in the two subsequent topics—The Bash Shell Startup Files and The vimrc Files.

The remaining topics, Customizing your Logon with /etc/issue, Random number generation, and Autofs-5.1.4 are then addressed, in that order. They don't have much interaction with the other topics in this chapter.

Creating a Custom Boot Device

Decent Rescue Boot Device Needs

This section is really about creating a rescue device. As the name rescue implies, the host system has a problem, often lost partition information or corrupted file systems, that prevents it from booting and/or operating normally. For this reason, you must not depend on resources from the host being "rescued". To presume that any given partition or hard drive will be available is a risky presumption.

In a modern system, there are many devices that can be used as a rescue device: floppy, cdrom, usb drive, or even a network card. Which one you use depends on your hardware and your BIOS. In the past, a rescue device was thought to be a floppy disk. Today, many systems do not even have a floppy drive.

Building a complete rescue device is a challenging task. In many ways, it is equivalent to building an entire LFS system. In addition, it would be a repetition of information already available. For these reasons, the procedures for a rescue device image are not presented here.

Creating a Rescue Floppy

The software of today's systems has grown large. Linux 2.6 no longer supports booting directly from a floppy. In spite of this, there are solutions available using older versions of Linux. One of the best is Tom's Root/Boot Disk available at This will provide a minimal Linux system on a single floppy disk and provides the ability to customize the contents of your disk if necessary.

Creating a Bootable CD-ROM

There are several sources that can be used for a rescue CD-ROM. Just about any commercial distribution's installation CD-ROMs or DVDs will work. These include RedHat, Ubuntu, and SuSE. One very popular option is Knoppix.

Also, the LFS Community has developed its own LiveCD available at This LiveCD, is no longer capable of building an entire LFS/BLFS system, but is still a good rescue CD-ROM. If you download the ISO image, use xorriso to copy the image to a CD-ROM.

The instructions for using GRUB2 to make a custom rescue CD-ROM are also available in LFS Chapter 8.

Creating a Bootable USB Drive

A USB Pen drive, sometimes called a Thumb drive, is recognized by Linux as a SCSI device. Using one of these devices as a rescue device has the advantage that it is usually large enough to hold more than a minimal boot image. You can save critical data to the drive as well as use it to diagnose and recover a damaged system. Booting such a drive requires BIOS support, but building the system consists of formatting the drive, adding GRUB as well as the Linux kernel and supporting files.

User Notes:

Last updated on 2017-04-23 10:21:19 -0700

About Console Fonts

An LFS system can be used without a graphical desktop, and unless or until you install X Window System you will have to work in the console. Most, if not all, PCs boot with an 8x16 font - whatever the actual screen size. There are a few things you can do to alter the display on the console. Most of them involve changing the font, but the first alters the commandline used by grub.

User Notes:

Setting a smaller screen size in grub

Modern screens often have a lot more pixels then the screens used in the past. If your screen is 1600 pixels wide, an 8x16 font will give you 200 columns of text - unless your monitor is enormous, the text will be tiny. One of the ways to work around this is to tell grub to use a smaller size, such as 1024x768 or 800x600 or even 640x480. Even if your screen does not have a 4:3 aspect ratio, this should work.

To try this, you can reboot and edit grub's command-line to insert a 'video=' parameter between the 'root=/dev/sdXn' and 'ro', for example root=/dev/sda2 video=1024x768 ro based on the example in LFS section 8.4.4 : ../../../../lfs/view/8.2/chapter08/grub.html .

If you decide that you wish to do this, you can then (as the root user) edit /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

Using the standard psf fonts

In LFS the kbd package is used. The fonts it provides are PC Screen Fonts, usually called PSF, and they were installed into /usr/share/consolefonts. Where these include a unicode mapping table, the file suffix is often changed to .psfu although packages such as terminus-font (see below) do not add the 'u'. These fonts are usually compressed with gzip to save space, but that is not essential.

The initial PC text screens had 8 colours, or 16 colours if the bright versions of the original 8 colours were used. A PSF font can include up to 256 characters (technically, glyphs) while allowing 16 colours, or up to 512 characters (in which case, the bright colours will not be available). Clearly, these console fonts cannot be used to display CJK text - that would need thousands of available glyphs.

Some fonts in kbd can cover more than 512 codepoints ('characters'), with varying degrees of fidelity: unicode contains several whitespace codepoints which can all be mapped to a space, varieties of dashes can be mapped to a minus sign, smart quotes can map to the regular ASCII quotes rather than to whatever is used for "codepoint not present or invalid", and those cyrillic or greek letters which look like latin letters can be mapped onto them, so 'A' can also do duty for cyrillic A and greek Alpha, and 'P' can also do duty for cyrillic ER and greek RHO. Unfortunately, where a font has been created from a BDF file (the method in terminus and debian's console-setup ) such mapping of additional codepoints onto an existing glyph is not always done, although the terminus ter-vXXn fonts do this well.

There are over 120 combinations of font and size in kbd: often a font is provided at several character sizes, and sometimes varieties cover different subsets of unicode. Most are 8 pixels wide, in heights from 8 to 16 pixels, but there are a few which are 9 pixels wide, some others which are 12x22, and even one (latarcyrheb-sun32.psfu) which has been scaled up to 16x32. Using a bigger font is another way of making text on a large screen easier to read.

Testing different fonts

You can test fonts as a normal user. If you have a font which has not been installed, you can load it with :

setfont /path/to/yourfont.ext

For the fonts already installed you only need the name, so using gr737a-9x16.psfu.gz as an example:

setfont gr737a-9x16

To see the glyphs in the font, use:


If the font looks as if it might be useful, you can then go on to test it more thoroughly.

When you find a font which to wish to use, as the root user) edit /etc/sysconfig/console as described in LFS section 7.6.5 ../../../../lfs/view/8.2/chapter07/usage.html. .

For fonts not supplied with the kbd package you will need to optionally compress it / them with gzip and then install it / them as the root user.

Editing fonts using psf-tools

Although some console fonts are created from BDF files, which is a text format with hex values for the pixels in each row of the character, there are more-modern tools available for editing psf fonts. The psftools package allows you to dump a font to a text representation with a dash for a pixel which is off (black) and a hash for a pixel which is on (white). You can then edit the text file to add more characters, or reshape them, or map extra codepoints onto them, and then create a new psf font with your changes.

Using fonts from Terminus-font

The Terminus Font package provides fixed-width bitmap fonts designed for long (8 hours and more per day) work with computers. Under 'Character variants' on that page is a list of patches (in the alt/ directory). If you are using a graphical browser to look at that page, you can see what the patches do, e.g. 'll2' makes 'l' more visibly different from 'i' and '1'.

By default terminus-fonts will try to create several types of font, and it will fail if bdftopcf from Xorg Applications has not been installed. The configure script is only really useful if you go on to install all the fonts (console and X11 bitmap) to the correct directories, as in a distro. To build only the PSF fonts and their dependencies, run:

make psf

This will create more than 240 ter-*.psf fonts. The 'b' suffix indicates bright, 'n' indicates normal. You can then test them to see if any fit your requirements. Unless you are creating a distro, there seems little point in installing them all.

As an example, to install the last of these fonts, you can gzip it and then as the root user:

install -v -m644 ter-v32n.psf.gz /usr/share/consolefonts

Last updated on 2016-09-15 19:51:17 -0700

About Firmware

On some recent PCs it can be necessary, or desirable, to load firmware to make them work at their best. There is a directory, /lib/firmware, where the kernel or kernel drivers look for firmware images.

Preparing firmware for multiple different machines, as a distro would do, is outside the scope of this book.

Currently, most firmware can be found at a git repository: For convenience, the LFS Project has created a mirror, updated daily, where these firmware files can be accessed via wget or a web browser at

To get the firmware, either point a browser to one of the above repositories and then download the item(s) which you need, or install git and clone that repository.

For some other firmware, particularly for Intel microcode and certain wifi devices, the needed firmware is not available in the above repository. Some of this will be addressed below, but a search of the Internet for needed firmware is sometimes necessary.

Firmware files are conventionally referred to as blobs because you cannot determine what they will do. Note that firmware is distributed under various different licenses which do not permit disassembly or reverse-engineering.

Firmware for PCs falls into four categories:

  • Updates to the CPU to work around errata, usually referred to as microcode.

  • Firmware for video controllers. On x86 machines this seems to mostly apply to ATI devices (Radeon and AMDGPU chips) and Nvidia Maxwell and Pascal cards which all require firmware to be able to use KMS (kernel modesetting - the preferred option) as well as for Xorg. For earlier radeon chips (before the R600), the firmware is still in the kernel.

  • Firmware updates for wired network ports. Mostly they work even without the updates, but one must assume that they will work better with the updated firmware.

  • Firmware for other devices, such as wifi. These devices are not required for the PC to boot, but need the firmware before these devices can be used.


Although not needed to load a firmware blob, the following tools may be useful for determining, obtaining, or preparing the needed firmware in order to load it into the system: cpio-2.12, git-2.16.2, pciutils-3.5.6, and Wget-1.19.4

User Notes:

Microcode updates for CPUs

In general, microcode can be loaded by the BIOS or UEFI, and it might be updated by upgrading to a newer version of those. On linux, you can also load the microcode from the kernel if you are using an AMD family 10h or later processor (first introduced late 2007), or an Intel processor from 1998 and later (Pentium4, Core, etc), if updated microcode has been released. These updates only last until the machine is powered off, so they need to be applied on every boot.

Intel provide frequent updates of their microcode. It is not uncommon to find a newer version of microcode for an Intel processor even two years after its release. New versions of AMD firmware are less common.

There used to be two ways of loading the microcode, described as 'early' and 'late'. Early loading happens before userspace has been started, late loading happens after userspace has started. Not surprisingly, early loading was preferred, (see e.g. an explanatory comment in a kernel commit noted at x86/microcode: Early load microcode on LWN.) Indeed, it is needed to work around one particular erratum in early Intel Haswell processors which had TSX enabled. (See Intel Disables TSX Instructions: Erratum Found in Haswell, Haswell-E/EP, Broadwell-Y.) Without this update glibc can do the wrong thing in uncommon situations.

As a result, early loading is now expected, although for the moment (4.11 kernels) it is still possible to manually force late loading of microcode for testing. You will need to reconfigure your kernel for either method. The instructions here will create a kernel .config to suite early loading, before forcing late loading to see if there is any microcode. If there is, the instructions then show you how to create an initrd for early loading.

To confirm what processor(s) you have (if more than one, they will be identical) look in /proc/cpuinfo.

Intel Microcode for the CPU

The first step is to get the most recent version of the Intel microcode. This must be done by navigating to and following the instructions there. As of this writing the most recent version of the microcode is microcode-20171117.tgz. Extract this file in the normal way to create an intel-ucode directory, containing various blobs with names in the form XX-YY-ZZ.


The above URL may not be the latest page. If it is not, a line at the top of the list will direct you to the latest page.

Now you need to determine your processor's identity to see if there is any microcode for it. Determine the decimal values of the cpu family, model and stepping by running the following command (it will also report the current microcode version):

head -n7 /proc/cpuinfo

Convert the cpu family, model and stepping to pairs of hexadecimal digits. For a Haswell i7-4790 (described as Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU) the relevant values are cpu family 6, model 60, stepping 3 so in this case the required identification is 06-3c-03. A look at the blobs will show that there is one for this CPU (although it might have already been applied by the BIOS). If there is a blob for your system then test if it will be applied by copying it (replace <XX-YY-ZZ> by the identifier for your machine) to where the kernel can find it:

mkdir -pv /lib/firmware/intel-ucode
cp -v intel-ucode/<XX-YY-ZZ> /lib/firmware/intel-ucode

Now that the Intel microcode has been prepared, use the following options when you configure the kernel to load Intel microcode:

General Setup --->
  [y] Initial RAM filesystem and RAM disk (initramfs/initrd) support [CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD]
Processor type and features  --->
  [y] CPU microcode loading support  [CONFIG_MICROCODE]
  [y]      Intel microcode loading support [CONFIG_MICROCODE_INTEL]

After you have successfully booted the new system, force late loading by using the command:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/microcode/reload

Then use the following command to see if anything was loaded:

dmesg | grep -e 'microcode' -e 'Linux version' -e 'Command line'

This example from the Haswell i7 which was released in Q2 2014 and is not affected by the TSX errata shows it has been updated from revision 0x19 in the BIOS/UEFI (which this version of hte kernel now complains about) to revision 0x22. Unlike in older kernels, the individual CPUs are not separately reported:

[    0.000000] Linux version 4.15.3 (ken@plexi) (gcc version 7.3.0 (GCC))
               #2 SMP PREEMPT Fri Feb 23 03:13:53 GMT 2018
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.15.3-sda6 root=/dev/sda6 ro
[    0.000000] [Firmware Bug]: TSC_DEADLINE disabled due to Errata;
               please update microcode to version: 0x22 (or later)
[    0.482712] microcode: sig=0x306c3, pf=0x2, revision=0x19
[    0.482937] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2.
[  402.668612] microcode: updated to revision 0x22, date = 2017-01-27

If the microcode was not updated, there is no new microcode for this system's processor. If it did get updated, you can now proceed to the section called “Early loading of microcode”.

AMD Microcode for the CPU

Begin by downloading a container of firmware for your CPU family from The family is always specified in hex. Families 10h to 14h (16 to 20) are in microcode_amd.bin. Families 15h and 16h have their own containers. Create the required directory and put the firmware you downloaded into it as the root user:

mkdir -pv /lib/firmware/amd-ucode
cp -v microcode_amd* /lib/firmware/amd-ucode

When you configure the kernel, use the following options to load AMD microcode:

General Setup --->
  [y] Initial RAM filesystem and RAM disk (initramfs/initrd) support [CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD]
Processor type and features  --->
  [y] CPU microcode loading support  [CONFIG_MICROCODE]
  [y]      AMD microcode loading support [CONFIG_MICROCODE_AMD]

After you have successfully booted the new system, force late loading by using the command:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/microcode/reload

Then use the following command to see if anything was loaded:

dmesg | grep -e 'microcode' -e 'Linux version' -e 'Command line'

This example from an old Athlon(tm) II X2 shows it has been updated. For the moment, all CPUs are still reported in the microcode details on AMD machines:

[    0.000000] Linux version 4.15.3 (ken@testserver) (gcc version 7.3.0 (GCC))
               #1 SMP Sun Feb 18 02:08:12 GMT 2018
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.15.3-sda5 root=/dev/sda5 ro
[    0.307619] microcode: CPU0: patch_level=0x010000b6
[    0.307671] microcode: CPU1: patch_level=0x010000b6
[    0.307743] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2.
[  187.928891] microcode: CPU0: new patch_level=0x010000c8
[  187.928899] microcode: CPU1: new patch_level=0x010000c8

If the microcode was not updated, there is no new microcode for this system's processor. If it did get updated, you can now proceed to the section called “Early loading of microcode”.

Early loading of microcode

If you have established that updated microcode is available for your system, it is time to prepare it for early loading. This requires an additional package, cpio-2.12 and the creation of an initrd which will need to be added to grub.cfg.

It does not matter where you prepare the initrd, and once it is working you can apply the same initrd to later LFS systems or newer kernels on this same machine, at least until any newer microcode is released. Use the following commands:

mkdir -p initrd/kernel/x86/microcode
cd initrd

For an AMD machine, use the following command (replace <MYCONTAINER> with the name of the container for your CPU's family):

cp -v /lib/firmware/amd-ucode/<MYCONTAINER> kernel/x86/microcode/AuthenticAMD.bin

Or for an Intel machine copy the appropriate blob using this command:

cp -v /lib/firmware/intel-ucode/<XX-YY-ZZ> kernel/x86/microcode/GenuineIntel.bin

Now prepare the initrd:

find . | cpio -o -H newc > /boot/microcode.img

You now need to add a new entry to /boot/grub/grub.cfg and here you should add a new line after the linux line within the stanza. If /boot is a separate mountpoint:

initrd /microcode.img

or this if it is not:

initrd /boot/microcode.img

If you are already booting with an initrd (see the section called “About initramfs”) you must specify the microcode initrd first, using a line such as initrd /microcode.img /other-initrd.img (adapt that as above if /boot is not a separate mountpoint).

You can now reboot with the added initrd, and then use the same command to check that the early load worked.

dmesg | grep -e 'microcode' -e 'Linux version' -e 'Command line'

The places and times where early loading happens are very different in AMD and Intel machines. First, an Intel example from an updated kernel, showing that the first notification comes before the kernel version is mentioned:

[    0.000000] microcode: microcode updated early to revision 0x22, date = 2017-01-27
[    0.000000] Linux version 4.15.3 (ken@plexi) (gcc version 7.3.0 (GCC))
               #3 SMP PREEMPT Fri Feb 23 05:06:50 GMT 2018
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.15.3-sda6 root=/dev/sda6 ro
[    0.489478] microcode: sig=0x306c3, pf=0x2, revision=0x22
[    0.489747] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2.

An AMD example:

[    0.000000] Linux version 4.15.3 (ken@testserver) (gcc version 7.3.0 (GCC))
               #2 SMP Sun Feb 18 02:32:03 GMT 2018
[    0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-4.15.3-sda5 root=/dev/sda5 ro
[    0.307619] microcode: microcode updated early to new patch_level=0x010000c8
[    0.307678] microcode: CPU0: patch_level=0x010000c8
[    0.307723] microcode: CPU1: patch_level=0x010000c8
[    0.307795] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2.

Firmware for Video Cards

Firmware for ATI video chips (R600 and later)

These instructions do NOT apply to old radeons before the R600 family. For those, the firmware is in the kernel's /lib/firmware/ directory. Nor do they apply if you intend to avoid a graphical setup such as Xorg and are content to use the default 80x25 display rather than a framebuffer.

Early radeon devices only needed a single 2K blob of firmware. Recent devices need several different blobs, and some of them are much bigger. The total size of the radeon firmware directory is over 500K — on a large modern system you can probably spare the space, but it is still redundant to install all the unused files each time you build a system.

A better approach is to install pciutils-3.5.6 and then use lspci to identify which VGA controller is installed.

With that information, check the RadeonFeature page of the Xorg wiki for Decoder ring for engineering vs marketing names to identify the family (you may need to know this for the Xorg driver in BLFS — Southern Islands and Sea Islands use the radeonsi driver) and the specific model.

Now that you know which controller you are using, consult the Radeon page of the Gentoo wiki which has a table listing the required firmware blobs for the various chipsets. Note that Southern Islands and Sea Islands chips use different firmware for kernel 3.17 and later compared to earlier kernels. Identify and download the required blobs then install them:

mkdir -pv /lib/firmware/radeon
cp -v <YOUR_BLOBS> /lib/firmware/radeon

There are actually two ways of installing this firmware. BLFS, in the 'Kernel Configuration for additional firmware' section part of the Xorg ATI Driver-7.10.0 section gives an example of compiling the firmware into the kernel - that is slightly faster to load, but uses more kernel memory. Here we will use the alternative method of making the radeon driver a module. In your kernel config set the following:

Device Drivers --->
  Graphics support --->
      Direct Rendering Manager --->
        <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 ... support)  [CONFIG_DRM]
      <m> ATI Radeon                                        [CONFIG_DRM_RADEON]

Loading several large blobs from /lib/firmware takes a noticeable time, during which the screen will be blank. If you do not enable the penguin framebuffer logo, or change the console size by using a bigger font, that probably does not matter. If desired, you can slightly reduce the time if you follow the alternate method of specifying 'y' for CONFIG_DRM_RADEON covered in BLFS at the link above — you must specify each needed radeon blob if you do that.

Firmware for Nvidia video chips

Some Nvidia graphics chips need firmware updates to take advantage of all the card's capability. These are generally the GeForce 8, 9, 9300, and 200-900 series chips. For more exact information, see

First, the kernel Nvidia driver must be activated:

Device Drivers --->
  Graphics support --->
      Direct Rendering Manager --->
        <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 ... support)  [CONFIG_DRM]
      <*/m> Nouveau (NVIDIA) cards                          [CONFIG_DRM_NOUVEAU]

The steps to install the Nvidia firmware are:

sh --extract-only
mkdir -p /lib/firmware/nouveau
cp -d nv* vuc-* /lib/firmware/nouveau/

Firmware for Network Interfaces

The kernel likes to load firmware for some network drivers, particularly those from Realtek (the /lib/linux-firmware/rtl_nic/) directory, but they generally appear to work without it. Therefore, you can boot the kernel, check dmesg for messages about this missing firmware, and if necessary download the firmware and put it in the specified directory in /lib/firmware so that it will be found on subsequent boots. Note that with current kernels this works whether or not the driver is compiled in or built as a module, there is no need to build this firmware into the kernel. Here is an example where the R8169 driver has been compiled in but the firmware was not made available. Once the firmware had been provided, there was no mention of it on later boots.

dmesg | grep firmware | grep r8169
[    7.018028] r8169 0000:01:00.0: Direct firmware load for rtl_nic/rtl8168g-2.fw failed with error -2
[    7.018036] r8169 0000:01:00.0 eth0: unable to load firmware patch rtl_nic/rtl8168g-2.fw (-2)

Firmware for Other Devices

Identifying the correct firmware will typically require you to install pciutils-3.5.6, and then use lspci to identify the device. You should then search online to check which module it uses, which firmware, and where to obtain the firmware — not all of it is in linux-firmware.

If possible, you should begin by using a wired connection when you first boot your LFS system. To use a wireless connection you will need to use a network tools such as Wireless Tools-29 and wpa_supplicant-2.6.

Firmware may also be needed for other devices such as some SCSI controllers, bluetooth adaptors, or TV recorders. The same principles apply.

Last updated on 2018-02-28 01:27:37 -0800

About Devices

Although most devices needed by packages in BLFS and beyond are set up properly by udev using the default rules installed by LFS in /etc/udev/rules.d, there are cases where the rules must be modified or augmented.

User Notes:

Multiple Sound Cards

If there are multiple sound cards in a system, the "default" sound card becomes random. The method to establish sound card order depends on whether the drivers are modules or not. If the sound card drivers are compiled into the kernel, control is via kernel command line parameters in /boot/grub/grub.cfg. For example, if a system has both an FM801 card and a SoundBlaster PCI card, the following can be appended to the command line:

snd-fm801.index=0 snd-ens1371.index=1

If the sound card drivers are built as modules, the order can be established in the /etc/modprobe.conf file with:

options snd-fm801 index=0
options snd-ens1371 index=1

USB Device Issues

USB devices usually have two kinds of device nodes associated with them.

The first kind is created by device-specific drivers (e.g., usb_storage/sd_mod or usblp) in the kernel. For example, a USB mass storage device would be /dev/sdb, and a USB printer would be /dev/usb/lp0. These device nodes exist only when the device-specific driver is loaded.

The second kind of device nodes (/dev/bus/usb/BBB/DDD, where BBB is the bus number and DDD is the device number) are created even if the device doesn't have a kernel driver. By using these "raw" USB device nodes, an application can exchange arbitrary USB packets with the device, i.e., bypass the possibly-existing kernel driver.

Access to raw USB device nodes is needed when a userspace program is acting as a device driver. However, for the program to open the device successfully, the permissions have to be set correctly. By default, due to security concerns, all raw USB devices are owned by user root and group usb, and have 0664 permissions (the read access is needed, e.g., for lsusb to work and for programs to access USB hubs). Packages (such as SANE and libgphoto2) containing userspace USB device drivers also ship udev rules that change the permissions of the controlled raw USB devices. That is, rules installed by SANE change permissions for known scanners, but not printers. If a package maintainer forgot to write a rule for your device, report a bug to both BLFS (if the package is there) and upstream, and you will need to write your own rule.

There is one situation when such fine-grained access control with pre-generated udev rules doesn't work. Namely, PC emulators such as KVM, QEMU and VirtualBox use raw USB device nodes to present arbitrary USB devices to the guest operating system (note: patches are needed in order to get this to work without the obsolete /proc/bus/usb mount point described below). Obviously, maintainers of these packages cannot know which USB devices are going to be connected to the guest operating system. You can either write separate udev rules for all needed USB devices yourself, or use the default catch-all "usb" group, members of which can send arbitrary commands to all USB devices.

Before Linux-2.6.15, raw USB device access was performed not with /dev/bus/usb/BBB/DDD device nodes, but with /proc/bus/usb/BBB/DDD pseudofiles. Some applications (e.g., VMware Workstation) still use only this deprecated technique and can't use the new device nodes. For them to work, use the "usb" group, but remember that members will have unrestricted access to all USB devices. To create the fstab entry for the obsolete usbfs filesystem:

usbfs  /proc/bus/usb  usbfs  devgid=14,devmode=0660  0  0


Adding users to the "usb" group is inherently insecure, as they can bypass access restrictions imposed through the driver-specific USB device nodes. For instance, they can read sensitive data from USB hard drives without being in the "disk" group. Avoid adding users to this group, if you can.

Udev Device Attributes

Fine-tuning of device attributes such as group name and permissions is possible by creating extra udev rules, matching on something like this. The vendor and product can be found by searching the /sys/devices directory entries or using udevadm info after the device has been attached. See the documentation in the current udev directory of /usr/share/doc for details.

SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", SYSFS{idVendor}=="05d8", SYSFS{idProduct}=="4002", \
  GROUP:="scanner", MODE:="0660"


The above line is used for descriptive purposes only. The scanner udev rules are put into place when installing SANE-1.0.27.

Devices for Servers

In some cases, it makes sense to disable udev completely and create static devices. Servers are one example of this situation. Does a server need the capability of handling dynamic devices? Only the system administrator can answer that question, but in many cases the answer will be no.

If dynamic devices are not desired, then static devices must be created on the system. In the default configuration, the /etc/rc.d/rcS.d/S10udev boot script mounts a tmpfs partition over the /dev directory. This problem can be overcome by mounting the root partition temporarily:


If the instructions below are not followed carefully, your system could become unbootable.

mount --bind / /mnt
cp -a /dev/* /mnt/dev
rm /etc/rc.d/rcS.d/{S10udev,S50udev_retry}
umount /mnt

At this point, the system will use static devices upon the next reboot. Create any desired additional devices using mknod.

If you want to restore the dynamic devices, recreate the /etc/rc.d/rcS.d/{S10udev,S50udev_retry} symbolic links and reboot again. Static devices do not need to be removed (console and null are always needed) because they are covered by the tmpfs partition. Disk usage for devices is negligible (about 20–30 bytes per entry.)

Devices for DVD Drives

If the initial boot process does not set up the /dev/dvd device properly, it can be installed using the following modification to the default udev rules. As the root user, run:

sed '1d;/SYMLINK.*cdrom/ a\
KERNEL=="sr0", ENV{ID_CDROM_DVD}=="1", SYMLINK+="dvd", OPTIONS+="link_priority=-100"' \
/lib/udev/rules.d/60-cdrom_id.rules > /etc/udev/rules.d/60-cdrom_id.rules

Last updated on 2018-01-10 02:44:47 -0800

Configuring for Adding Users

Together, the /usr/sbin/useradd command and /etc/skel directory (both are easy to set up and use) provide a way to assure new users are added to your LFS system with the same beginning settings for things such as the PATH, keyboard processing and other environmental variables. Using these two facilities makes it easier to assure this initial state for each new user added to the system.

The /etc/skel directory holds copies of various initialization and other files that may be copied to the new user's home directory when the /usr/sbin/useradd program adds the new user.


The useradd program uses a collection of default values kept in /etc/default/useradd. This file is created in a base LFS installation by the Shadow package. If it has been removed or renamed, the useradd program uses some internal defaults. You can see the default values by running /usr/sbin/useradd -D.

To change these values, simply modify the /etc/default/useradd file as the root user. An alternative to directly modifying the file is to run useradd as the root user while supplying the desired modifications on the command line. Information on how to do this can be found in the useradd man page.


To get started, create an /etc/skel directory and make sure it is writable only by the system administrator, usually root. Creating the directory as root is the best way to go.

The mode of any files from this part of the book that you put in /etc/skel should be writable only by the owner. Also, since there is no telling what kind of sensitive information a user may eventually place in their copy of these files, you should make them unreadable by "group" and "other".

You can also put other files in /etc/skel and different permissions may be needed for them.

Decide which initialization files should be provided in every (or most) new user's home directory. The decisions you make will affect what you do in the next two sections, The Bash Shell Startup Files and The vimrc Files. Some or all of those files will be useful for root, any already-existing users, and new users.

The files from those sections that you might want to place in /etc/skel include .inputrc, .bash_profile, .bashrc, .bash_logout, .dircolors, and .vimrc. If you are unsure which of these should be placed there, just continue to the following sections, read each section and any references provided, and then make your decision.

You will run a slightly modified set of commands for files which are placed in /etc/skel. Each section will remind you of this. In brief, the book's commands have been written for files not added to /etc/skel and instead just sends the results to the user's home directory. If the file is going to be in /etc/skel, change the book's command(s) to send output there instead and then just copy the file from /etc/skel to the appropriate directories, like /etc, ~ or the home directory of any other user already in the system.

When Adding a User

When adding a new user with useradd, use the -m parameter, which tells useradd to create the user's home directory and copy files from /etc/skel (can be overridden) to the new user's home directory. For example (perform as the root user):

useradd -m <newuser>

Last updated on 2007-10-16 06:49:09 -0700

About System Users and Groups

Throughout BLFS, many packages install programs that run as daemons or in some way should have a user or group name assigned. Generally these names are used to map a user ID (uid) or group ID (gid) for system use. Generally the specific uid or gid numbers used by these applications are not significant. The exception of course, is that root has a uid and gid of 0 (zero) that is indeed special. The uid values are stored in /etc/passwd and the gid values are found in /etc/group.

Customarily, Unix systems classify users and groups into two categories: system users and regular users. The system users and groups are given low numbers and regular users and groups have numeric values greater than all the system values. The cutoff for these numbers is found in two parameters in the /etc/login.defs configuration file. The default UID_MIN value is 1000 and the default GID_MIN value is 1000. If a specific uid or gid value is not specified when creating a user with useradd or a group with groupadd the values assigned will always be above these cutoff values.

Additionally, the Linux Standard Base recommends that system uid and gid values should be below 100.

Below is a table of suggested uid/gid values used in BLFS beyond those defined in a base LFS installation. These can be changed as desired, but provide a suggested set of consistent values.

Table 3.1. UID/GID Suggested Values

Name uid gid
bin 1
lp 9
adm 16
atd 17 17
messagebus 18 18
lpadmin   19
named 20 20
gdm 21 21
fcron 22 22
systemd-journal   23
apache 25 25
smmsp 26 26
polkitd 27 27
rpc 28 28
exim 31 31
postfix 32 32
postdrop 33
sendmail 34
mail 34
vmailman 35 35
news 36 36
kdm 37 37
mysql 40 40
postgres 41 41
dovecot 42 42
dovenull 43 43
ftp 45 45
proftpd 46 46
vsftpd 47 47
rsyncd 48 48
sshd 50 50
stunnel 51 51
svn 56 56
svntest 57
games 60 60
kvm 61
wireshark 62
lightdm 63 63
sddm 64 64
lightdm 65 65
scanner 70
colord 71 71
systemd-bus-proxy 72 72
systemd-journal-gateway 73 73
systemd-journal-remote 74 74
systemd-journal-upload 75 75
systemd-network 76 76
systemd-resolve 77 77
systemd-timesync 78 78
systemd-coredump 79 79
ldap 83 83
avahi 84 84
avahi-autoipd 85 85
netdev 86
ntp 87 87
unbound 88 88
plugdev 90
anonymous 98
nobody 99
nogroup 99

One value that is missing is 65534. This value is customarily assigned to the user nobody and group nogroup and is unnecessary.

Last updated on 2018-01-05 10:17:22 -0800

The Bash Shell Startup Files

The shell program /bin/bash (hereafter referred to as just "the shell") uses a collection of startup files to help create an environment. Each file has a specific use and may affect login and interactive environments differently. The files in the /etc directory generally provide global settings. If an equivalent file exists in your home directory it may override the global settings.

An interactive login shell is started after a successful login, using /bin/login, by reading the /etc/passwd file. This shell invocation normally reads /etc/profile and its private equivalent ~/.bash_profile (or ~/.profile if called as /bin/sh) upon startup.

An interactive non-login shell is normally started at the command-line using a shell program (e.g., [prompt]$/bin/bash) or by the /bin/su command. An interactive non-login shell is also started with a terminal program such as xterm or konsole from within a graphical environment. This type of shell invocation normally copies the parent environment and then reads the user's ~/.bashrc file for additional startup configuration instructions.

A non-interactive shell is usually present when a shell script is running. It is non-interactive because it is processing a script and not waiting for user input between commands. For these shell invocations, only the environment inherited from the parent shell is used.

The file ~/.bash_logout is not used for an invocation of the shell. It is read and executed when a user exits from an interactive login shell.

Many distributions use /etc/bashrc for system wide initialization of non-login shells. This file is usually called from the user's ~/.bashrc file and is not built directly into bash itself. This convention is followed in this section.

For more information see info bash -- Nodes: Bash Startup Files and Interactive Shells.


Most of the instructions below are used to create files located in the /etc directory structure which requires you to execute the commands as the root user. If you elect to create the files in user's home directories instead, you should run the commands as an unprivileged user.


Here is a base /etc/profile. This file starts by setting up some helper functions and some basic parameters. It specifies some bash history parameters and, for security purposes, disables keeping a permanent history file for the root user. It also sets a default user prompt. It then calls small, single purpose scripts in the /etc/profile.d directory to provide most of the initialization.

For more information on the escape sequences you can use for your prompt (i.e., the PS1 environment variable) see info bash -- Node: Printing a Prompt.

cat > /etc/profile << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/profile
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by James Robertson <>
# modifications by Dagmar d'Surreal <rivyqntzne@pbzpnfg.arg>

# System wide environment variables and startup programs.

# System wide aliases and functions should go in /etc/bashrc.  Personal
# environment variables and startup programs should go into
# ~/.bash_profile.  Personal aliases and functions should go into
# ~/.bashrc.

# Functions to help us manage paths.  Second argument is the name of the
# path variable to be modified (default: PATH)
pathremove () {
        local IFS=':'
        local NEWPATH
        local DIR
        local PATHVARIABLE=${2:-PATH}
        for DIR in ${!PATHVARIABLE} ; do
                if [ "$DIR" != "$1" ] ; then
        export $PATHVARIABLE="$NEWPATH"

pathprepend () {
        pathremove $1 $2
        local PATHVARIABLE=${2:-PATH}

pathappend () {
        pathremove $1 $2
        local PATHVARIABLE=${2:-PATH}

export -f pathremove pathprepend pathappend

# Set the initial path
export PATH=/bin:/usr/bin

if [ $EUID -eq 0 ] ; then
        pathappend /sbin:/usr/sbin
        unset HISTFILE

# Setup some environment variables.
export HISTSIZE=1000
export HISTIGNORE="&:[bf]g:exit"

# Set some defaults for graphical systems
export XDG_DATA_DIRS=${XDG_DATA_DIRS:-/usr/share/}
export XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=${XDG_CONFIG_DIRS:-/etc/xdg/}

# Setup a red prompt for root and a green one for users.
if [[ $EUID == 0 ]] ; then
  PS1="$RED\u [ $NORMAL\w$RED ]# $NORMAL"

for script in /etc/profile.d/*.sh ; do
        if [ -r $script ] ; then
                . $script

unset script RED GREEN NORMAL

# End /etc/profile

The /etc/profile.d Directory

Now create the /etc/profile.d directory, where the individual initialization scripts are placed:

install --directory --mode=0755 --owner=root --group=root /etc/profile.d


This script imports bash completion scripts, installed by many other BLFS packages, to allow TAB command line completion.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/profile.d/
# Import bash completion scripts

for script in /etc/bash_completion.d/*.sh ; do
        if [ -r $script ] ; then
                . $script
# End /etc/profile.d/

Make sure that the directory exists:

install --directory --mode=0755 --owner=root --group=root /etc/bash_completion.d


This script uses the ~/.dircolors and /etc/dircolors files to control the colors of file names in a directory listing. They control colorized output of things like ls --color. The explanation of how to initialize these files is at the end of this section.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
# Setup for /bin/ls and /bin/grep to support color, the alias is in /etc/bashrc.
if [ -f "/etc/dircolors" ] ; then
        eval $(dircolors -b /etc/dircolors)

if [ -f "$HOME/.dircolors" ] ; then
        eval $(dircolors -b $HOME/.dircolors)

alias ls='ls --color=auto'
alias grep='grep --color=auto'


This script adds some useful paths to the PATH and can be used to customize other PATH related environment variables (e.g. LD_LIBRARY_PATH, etc) that may be needed for all users.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
if [ -d /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig ] ; then
        pathappend /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig PKG_CONFIG_PATH
if [ -d /usr/local/bin ]; then
        pathprepend /usr/local/bin
if [ -d /usr/local/sbin -a $EUID -eq 0 ]; then
        pathprepend /usr/local/sbin

# Set some defaults before other applications add to these paths.
pathappend /usr/share/man  MANPATH
pathappend /usr/share/info INFOPATH


This script sets up the default inputrc configuration file. If the user does not have individual settings, it uses the global file.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
# Setup the INPUTRC environment variable.
if [ -z "$INPUTRC" -a ! -f "$HOME/.inputrc" ] ; then
export INPUTRC


Setting the umask value is important for security. Here the default group write permissions are turned off for system users and when the user name and group name are not the same.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
# By default, the umask should be set.
if [ "$(id -gn)" = "$(id -un)" -a $EUID -gt 99 ] ; then
  umask 002
  umask 022


This script sets an environment variable necessary for native language support. A full discussion on determining this variable can be found on the LFS Bash Shell Startup Files page.

cat > /etc/profile.d/ << "EOF"
# Set up i18n variables
export LANG=<ll>_<CC>.<charmap><@modifiers>

Other Initialization Values

Other initialization can easily be added to the profile by adding additional scripts to the /etc/profile.d directory.


Here is a base /etc/bashrc. Comments in the file should explain everything you need.

cat > /etc/bashrc << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/bashrc
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by James Robertson <>
# updated by Bruce Dubbs <>

# System wide aliases and functions.

# System wide environment variables and startup programs should go into
# /etc/profile.  Personal environment variables and startup programs
# should go into ~/.bash_profile.  Personal aliases and functions should
# go into ~/.bashrc

# Provides colored /bin/ls and /bin/grep commands.  Used in conjunction
# with code in /etc/profile.

alias ls='ls --color=auto'
alias grep='grep --color=auto'

# Provides prompt for non-login shells, specifically shells started
# in the X environment. [Review the LFS archive thread titled
# PS1 Environment Variable for a great case study behind this script
# addendum.]

if [[ $EUID == 0 ]] ; then
  PS1="$RED\u [ $NORMAL\w$RED ]# $NORMAL"


# End /etc/bashrc


Here is a base ~/.bash_profile. If you want each new user to have this file automatically, just change the output of the command to /etc/skel/.bash_profile and check the permissions after the command is run. You can then copy /etc/skel/.bash_profile to the home directories of already existing users, including root, and set the owner and group appropriately.

cat > ~/.bash_profile << "EOF"
# Begin ~/.bash_profile
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by James Robertson <>
# updated by Bruce Dubbs <>

# Personal environment variables and startup programs.

# Personal aliases and functions should go in ~/.bashrc.  System wide
# environment variables and startup programs are in /etc/profile.
# System wide aliases and functions are in /etc/bashrc.

if [ -f "$HOME/.bashrc" ] ; then
  source $HOME/.bashrc

if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
  pathprepend $HOME/bin

# Having . in the PATH is dangerous
#if [ $EUID -gt 99 ]; then
#  pathappend .

# End ~/.bash_profile


Here is a base ~/.profile. The comments and instructions for using /etc/skel for .bash_profile above also apply here. Only the target file names are different.

cat > ~/.profile << "EOF"
# Begin ~/.profile
# Personal environment variables and startup programs.

if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then
  pathprepend $HOME/bin

# Set up user specific i18n variables
#export LANG=<ll>_<CC>.<charmap><@modifiers>

# End ~/.profile


Here is a base ~/.bashrc.

cat > ~/.bashrc << "EOF"
# Begin ~/.bashrc
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by James Robertson <>

# Personal aliases and functions.

# Personal environment variables and startup programs should go in
# ~/.bash_profile.  System wide environment variables and startup
# programs are in /etc/profile.  System wide aliases and functions are
# in /etc/bashrc.

if [ -f "/etc/bashrc" ] ; then
  source /etc/bashrc

# Set up user specific i18n variables
#export LANG=<ll>_<CC>.<charmap><@modifiers>

# End ~/.bashrc


This is an empty ~/.bash_logout that can be used as a template. You will notice that the base ~/.bash_logout does not include a clear command. This is because the clear is handled in the /etc/issue file.

cat > ~/.bash_logout << "EOF"
# Begin ~/.bash_logout
# Written for Beyond Linux From Scratch
# by James Robertson <>

# Personal items to perform on logout.

# End ~/.bash_logout


If you want to use the dircolors capability, then run the following command. The /etc/skel setup steps shown above also can be used here to provide a ~/.dircolors file when a new user is set up. As before, just change the output file name on the following command and assure the permissions, owner, and group are correct on the files created and/or copied.

dircolors -p > /etc/dircolors

If you wish to customize the colors used for different file types, you can edit the /etc/dircolors file. The instructions for setting the colors are embedded in the file.

Finally, Ian Macdonald has written an excellent collection of tips and tricks to enhance your shell environment. You can read it online at

Last updated on 2017-09-29 19:30:36 -0700

The /etc/vimrc and ~/.vimrc Files

The LFS book installs Vim as its text editor. At this point it should be noted that there are a lot of different editing applications out there including Emacs, nano, Joe and many more. Anyone who has been around the Internet (especially usenet) for a short time will certainly have observed at least one flame war, usually involving Vim and Emacs users!

The LFS book creates a basic vimrc file. In this section you'll find an attempt to enhance this file. At startup, vim reads the global configuration file (/etc/vimrc) as well as a user-specific file (~/.vimrc). Either or both can be tailored to suit the needs of your particular system.

Here is a slightly expanded .vimrc that you can put in ~/.vimrc to provide user specific effects. Of course, if you put it into /etc/skel/.vimrc instead, it will be made available to users you add to the system later. You can also copy the file from /etc/skel/.vimrc to the home directory of users already on the system, such as root. Be sure to set permissions, owner, and group if you do copy anything directly from /etc/skel.

" Begin .vimrc

set columns=80
set wrapmargin=8
set ruler

" End .vimrc

Note that the comment tags are " instead of the more usual # or //. This is correct, the syntax for vimrc is slightly unusual.

Below you'll find a quick explanation of what each of the options in this example file means here:

  • set columns=80: This simply sets the number of columns used on the screen.

  • set wrapmargin=8: This is the number of characters from the right window border where wrapping starts.

  • set ruler: This makes vim show the current row and column at the bottom right of the screen.

More information on the many vim options can be found by reading the help inside vim itself. Do this by typing :help in vim to get the general help, or by typing :help usr_toc.txt to view the User Manual Table of Contents.

Last updated on 2007-10-16 06:02:24 -0700

Customizing your Logon with /etc/issue

When you first boot up your new LFS system, the logon screen will be nice and plain (as it should be in a bare-bones system). Many people however, will want their system to display some information in the logon message. This can be accomplished using the file /etc/issue.

The /etc/issue file is a plain text file which will also accept certain escape sequences (see below) in order to insert information about the system. There is also the file which can be used when logging on remotely. ssh however, will only use it if you set the option in the configuration file and will not interpret the escape sequences shown below.

One of the most common things which people want to do is clear the screen at each logon. The easiest way of doing that is to put a "clear" escape sequence into /etc/issue. A simple way of doing this is to issue the command clear > /etc/issue. This will insert the relevant escape code into the start of the /etc/issue file. Note that if you do this, when you edit the file, you should leave the characters (normally '^[[H^[[2J') on the first line alone.


Terminal escape sequences are special codes recognized by the terminal. The ^[ represents an ASCII ESC character. The sequence ESC [ H puts the cursor in the upper left hand corner of the screen and ESC 2 J erases the screen. For more information on terminal escape sequences see

The following sequences are recognized by agetty (the program which usually parses /etc/issue). This information is from man agetty where you can find extra information about the logon process.

The issue file can contain certain character sequences to display various information. All issue sequences consist of a backslash (\) immediately followed by one of the letters explained below (so \d in /etc/issue would insert the current date).

b   Insert the baudrate of the current line.
d   Insert the current date.
s   Insert the system name, the name of the operating system.
l   Insert the name of the current tty line.
m   Insert the architecture identifier of the machine, e.g., i686.
n   Insert the nodename of the machine, also known as the hostname.
o   Insert the domainname of the machine.
r   Insert the release number of the kernel, e.g.,
t   Insert the current time.
u   Insert the number of current users logged in.
U   Insert the string "1 user" or "<n> users" where <n> is the
    number of current users logged in.
v   Insert the version of the OS, e.g., the build-date etc.

Last updated on 2007-04-04 12:42:53 -0700

Random Number Generation

The Linux kernel supplies a random number generator which is accessed through /dev/random and /dev/urandom. Programs that utilize the random and urandom devices, such as OpenSSH, will benefit from these instructions.

When a Linux system starts up without much operator interaction, the entropy pool (data used to compute a random number) may be in a fairly predictable state. This creates the real possibility that the number generated at startup may always be the same. In order to counteract this effect, you should carry the entropy pool information across your shut-downs and start-ups.

Install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/random init script included with the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package.

make install-random

Last updated on 2016-06-03 20:04:06 -0700


Introduction to lsb_release

The lsb_release script gives information about the Linux Standards Base (LSB) status of the distribution.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of lsb_release

First fix a minor display problem:

sed -i "s|n/a|unavailable|" lsb_release

Install lsb_release by running the following commands:

./help2man -N --include ./lsb_release.examples \
              --alt_version_key=program_version ./lsb_release > lsb_release.1

Now, as the root user:

install -v -m 644 lsb_release.1 /usr/share/man/man1 &&
install -v -m 755 lsb_release   /usr/bin            &&
install -v -m 755 help2man      /usr/bin

Configuration Information

The configuration for this package was done in LFS. The file /etc/lsb-release should already exist. Be sure that the DISTRIB_CODENAME entry has been set properly.


Installed Programs: lsb_release and help2man
Installed Library: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a script to give LSB data.


is a perl script to generate a man page from '--help' and '--version' output.

Last updated on 2018-02-16 17:45:47 -0800

Chapter 4. Security

Security takes many forms in a computing environment. After some initial discussion, this chapter gives examples of three different types of security: access, prevention and detection.

Access for users is usually handled by login or an application designed to handle the login function. In this chapter, we show how to enhance login by setting policies with PAM modules. Access via networks can also be secured by policies set by iptables, commonly referred to as a firewall. The Network Security Services (NSS) and Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) libraries can be installed and shared among the many applications requiring them. For applications that don't offer the best security, you can use the Stunnel package to wrap an application daemon inside an SSL tunnel.

Prevention of breaches, like a trojan, are assisted by applications like GnuPG, specifically the ability to confirm signed packages, which recognizes modifications of the tarball after the packager creates it.

Finally, we touch on detection with a package that stores "signatures" of critical files (defined by the administrator) and then regenerates those "signatures" and compares for files that have been changed.


About vulnerabilities

All software has bugs. Sometimes, a bug can be exploited, for example to allow users to gain enhanced privileges (perhaps gaining a root shell, or simply accessing or deleting other user's files), or to allow a remote site to crash an application (denial of service), or for theft of data. These bugs are labelled as vulnerabilities.

The main place where vulnerabilities get logged is Unfortunately, many vulnerability numbers (CVE-yyyy-nnnn) are initially only labelled as "reserved" when distributions start issuing fixes. Also, some vulnerabilities apply to particular combinations of configure options, or only apply to old versions of packages which have long since been updated in BLFS.

BLFS differs from distributions - there is no BLFS security team, and the editors only become aware of vulnerabilities after they are public knowledge. Sometimes, a package with a vulnerability will not be updated in the book for a long time. Issues can be logged in the Trac system, which might speed up resolution.

The normal way for BLFS to fix a vulnerability is, ideally, to update the book to a new fixed release of the package. Sometimes that happens even before the vulnerability is public knowledge, so there is no guarantee that it will be shown as a vulnerability fix in the Changelog. Alternatively, a sed command, or a patch taken from a distribution, may be appropriate.

The bottom line is that you are responsible for your own security, and for assessing the potential impact of any problems.

To keep track of what is being discovered, you may wish to follow the security announcements of one or more distributions. For example, Debian has Debian security. Fedora's links on security are at the Fedora wiki. Details of Gentoo linux security announcements are discussed at Gentoo security. Finally, the Slackware archives of security announcements are at Slackware security.

The most general English source is perhaps the Full Disclosure Mailing List, but please read the comment on that page. If you use other languages you may prefer other sites such as (German) or (Croatian). These are not linux-specific. There is also a daily update at for subscribers (free access to the data after 2 weeks, but their vulnerabilities database at is unrestricted).

For some packages, subscribing to their 'announce' lists will provide prompt news of newer versions.

User Notes:

Last updated on 2015-09-20 15:38:20 -0700


Introduction to make-ca

Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a method to validate the authenticity of an otherwise unknown entity across untrusted networks. PKI works by establishing a chain of trust, rather than trusting each individual host or entity explicitly. In order for a certificate presented by a remote entity to be trusted, that certificate must present a complete chain of certificates that can be validated using the root certificate of a Certificate Authority (CA) that is trusted by the local machine.

Establishing trust with a CA involves validating things like company address, ownership, contact information, etc., and ensuring that the CA has followed best practices, such as undergoing periodic security audits by independent investigators and maintaining an always available certificate revocation list. This is well outside the scope of BLFS (as it is for most Linux distributions). The certificate store provided here is taken from the Mozilla Foundation, who have established very strict inclusion policies described here.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

make-ca Dependencies

Optional (runtime)

Java-9.0.4 or OpenJDK-9.0.4, NSS-3.35, and p11-kit-0.23.9

User Notes:

Installation of make-ca

The make-ca script will download and process the certificates included in the certdata.txt file for use in multiple certificate stores (if the associated applications are present on the system). Additionally, any local certificates stored in /etc/ssl/local will be imported to the certificate stores. Certificates in this directory should be stored as PEM encoded OpenSSL trusted certificates.

To create an OpenSSL trusted certificate from a regular PEM encoded file, you need to add trust arguments to the openssl command, and create a new certificate. There are three trust types that are recognized by the make-ca script, SSL/TLS, S/Mime, and code signing. For example, using the CAcert roots, if you want to trust both for all three roles, the following commands will create appropriate OpenSSL trusted certificates (run as the root user):

install -vdm755 /etc/ssl/local &&
wget &&
wget &&
openssl x509 -in root.crt -text -fingerprint -setalias "CAcert Class 1 root" \
        -addtrust serverAuth -addtrust emailProtection -addtrust codeSigning \
        > /etc/ssl/local/CAcert_Class_1_root.pem &&
openssl x509 -in class3.crt -text -fingerprint -setalias "CAcert Class 3 root" \
        -addtrust serverAuth -addtrust emailProtection -addtrust codeSigning \
        > /etc/ssl/local/CAcert_Class_3_root.pem

If one of the three trust arguments is omitted, the certificate is neither trusted, nor rejected for that role. Clients that use OpenSSL or NSS encountering this certificate will present a warning to the user. Clients using GnuTLS without p11-kit support are not aware of trusted certificates. To include this CA into the ca-bundle.crt (used for GnuTLS), it must have serverAuth trust. Additionally, to explicitly disallow a certificate for a particular use, replace the -addtrust flag with the -addreject flag.

To install the various certificate stores, first install the make-ca script into the correct location. As the root user:

make install

As the root user, download and update the certificate stores with the following command:


If running the script a second time with the same version of certdata.txt, for instance, to add additional stores as the requisite software is installed, add the -f switch to the command line. If packaging, run make-ca --help to see all available command line options.

/usr/sbin/make-ca -g

You should periodically update the store with the above command either manually, or via a cron job.

The default certdata.txt file provided by make-ca is obtained from the mozilla-release branch, and is modified to provide a Mercurial revision. This will be the correct version for most systems. There are, however, several other variants of the file available for use that might be preferred for one reason or another, including the files shipped with Mozilla products in this book. RedHat and OpenSUSE, for instance, use the version included in NSS-3.35. Additional upstream downloads are available at the links below.


Installed Programs: make-ca
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/ssl/{certs,java,local} and /etc/pki/{nssdb,anchors}

Short Descriptions


is a shell script that adapts a current version of certdata.txt, and prepares it for use as the system certificate store.

Last updated on 2018-02-28 08:11:20 -0800


Introduction to ConsoleKit

The ConsoleKit package is a framework for keeping track of the various users, sessions, and seats present on a system. It provides a mechanism for software to react to changes of any of these items or of any of the metadata associated with them.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

ConsoleKit Dependencies


dbus-glib-0.110 and Xorg Libraries



If you intend NOT to install polkit, you will need to manually edit the ConsoleKit.conf file to lock down the service. Failure to do so may be a huge SECURITY HOLE.



User Notes:

Installation of ConsoleKit

Install ConsoleKit by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr        \
            --sysconfdir=/etc    \
            --localstatedir=/var \
            --enable-udev-acl    \
            --enable-pam-module  \
            --enable-polkit      \
            --with-xinitrc-dir=/etc/X11/app-defaults/xinitrc.d \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ConsoleKit-1.0.2           \
            --with-systemdsystemunitdir=no                     &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&

mv -v /etc/X11/app-defaults/xinitrc.d/90-consolekit{,.sh}

Command Explanations

--enable-udev-acl: This switch enables building of the udev-acl tool, which is used to allow normal users to access device nodes normally only accessible to root.

--enable-pam-module: This switch enables building of the ConsoleKit PAM module which is needed for ConsoleKit to work correctly with PAM. Remove if Linux PAM is NOT installed.

--enable-polkit: Enable PolicyKit support.

--with-xinitrc-dir=/etc/X11/app-defaults/xinitrc.d: Fix the location of the script. Notice that the script has been renamed after installation, because xinitrc only sources script names ending with extension .sh.

--with-systemdsystemunitdir=no: Disable attempting to build with systemd libraries.

--enable-docbook-docs: Use this switch if xmlto is installed and you wish to build the user and API documentation.

Configuring ConsoleKit

PAM Module Configuration

If you use Linux PAM, it needs to be configured to activate ConsoleKit upon user login. This can be achieved by editing the /etc/pam.d/system-session file as the root user:

cat >> /etc/pam.d/system-session << "EOF"
# Begin ConsoleKit addition

session   optional
session   optional nox11

# End ConsoleKit addition

You will also need a helper script that creates a file in /var/run/console named as the currently logged in user and that contains the D-Bus address of the session. You can create the script by running the following commands as the root user:

cat > /usr/lib/ConsoleKit/run-session.d/ << "EOF"

[ -n "$CK_SESSION_USER_UID" ] || exit 1
[ "$CK_SESSION_IS_LOCAL" = "true" ] || exit 0

TAGFILE="$TAGDIR/`getent passwd $CK_SESSION_USER_UID | cut -f 1 -d:`"

if [ "$1" = "session_added" ]; then
    mkdir -p "$TAGDIR"
    echo "$CK_SESSION_ID" >> "$TAGFILE"

if [ "$1" = "session_removed" ] && [ -e "$TAGFILE" ]; then
    sed -i "\%^$CK_SESSION_ID\$%d" "$TAGFILE"
    [ -s "$TAGFILE" ] || rm -f "$TAGFILE"
chmod -v 755 /usr/lib/ConsoleKit/run-session.d/

See /usr/share/doc/ConsoleKit/spec/ConsoleKit.html for more configuration.


Installed Programs: ck-history, ck-launch-session, ck-list-sessions, ck-log-system-restart, ck-log-system-start, ck-log-system-stop and console-kit-daemon
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /etc/ConsoleKit, /usr/{include,lib}/ConsoleKit, /usr/share/doc/ConsoleKit-1.0.2, and /var/{log,run}/ConsoleKit

Short Descriptions


is a utility that provides information from the ConsoleKit database about what users have logged into the system.


is a utility for starting a command in its own ConsoleKit session.


list sessions with respective properties. Also good for debugging purposes.


write system restart to log.


write system start to log.


write system stop to log.


is the ConsoleKit daemon.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 04:35:18 -0800


Introduction to CrackLib

The CrackLib package contains a library used to enforce strong passwords by comparing user selected passwords to words in chosen word lists.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

There are additional word lists available for download, e.g., from CrackLib can utilize as many, or as few word lists you choose to install.


Users tend to base their passwords on regular words of the spoken language, and crackers know that. CrackLib is intended to filter out such bad passwords at the source using a dictionary created from word lists. To accomplish this, the word list(s) for use with CrackLib must be an exhaustive list of words and word-based keystroke combinations likely to be chosen by users of the system as (guessable) passwords.

The default word list recommended above for downloading mostly satisfies this role in English-speaking countries. In other situations, it may be necessary to download (or even create) additional word lists.

Note that word lists suitable for spell-checking are not usable as CrackLib word lists in countries with non-Latin based alphabets, because of “word-based keystroke combinations” that make bad passwords.

CrackLib Dependencies



User Notes:

Installation of CrackLib

Install CrackLib by running the following commands:

sed -i '/skipping/d' util/packer.c &&

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --disable-static \
            --with-default-dict=/lib/cracklib/pw_dict &&

Now, as the root user:

make install                      &&
mv -v /usr/lib/* /lib &&
ln -sfv ../../lib/$(readlink /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

Issue the following commands as the root user to install the recommended word list and create the CrackLib dictionary. Other word lists (text based, one word per line) can also be used by simply installing them into /usr/share/dict and adding them to the create-cracklib-dict command.

install -v -m644 -D    ../cracklib-words-2.9.6.gz \
                         /usr/share/dict/cracklib-words.gz     &&

gunzip -v                /usr/share/dict/cracklib-words.gz     &&
ln -v -sf cracklib-words /usr/share/dict/words                 &&
echo $(hostname) >>      /usr/share/dict/cracklib-extra-words  &&
install -v -m755 -d      /lib/cracklib                         &&

create-cracklib-dict     /usr/share/dict/cracklib-words \

If desired, check the proper operation of the library as an unprivileged user by issuing the following command:

make test


If you are installing CrackLib after your LFS system has been completed and you have the Shadow package installed, you must reinstall Shadow-4.5 if you wish to provide strong password support on your system. If you are now going to install the Linux-PAM-1.3.0 package, you may disregard this note as Shadow will be reinstalled after the Linux-PAM installation.

Command Explanations

sed -i '/skipping/d' util/packer.c: Remove a meaningless warning.

--with-default-dict=/lib/cracklib/pw_dict: This parameter forces the installation of the CrackLib dictionary to the /lib hierarchy.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

mv -v /usr/lib/* /lib and ln -v -sf ../../lib/ ...: These two commands move the library and associated symlink from /usr/lib to /lib, then recreates the /usr/lib/ symlink pointing to the relocated file.

install -v -m644 -D ...: This command creates the /usr/share/dict directory (if it doesn't already exist) and installs the compressed word list there.

ln -v -s cracklib-words /usr/share/dict/words: The word list is linked to /usr/share/dict/words as historically, words is the primary word list in the /usr/share/dict directory. Omit this command if you already have a /usr/share/dict/words file installed on your system.

echo $(hostname) >>...: The value of hostname is echoed to a file called cracklib-extra-words. This extra file is intended to be a site specific list which includes easy to guess passwords such as company or department names, user names, product names, computer names, domain names, etc.

create-cracklib-dict ...: This command creates the CrackLib dictionary from the word lists. Modify the command to add any additional word lists you have installed.


Installed Programs: cracklib-check, cracklib-format, cracklib-packer, cracklib-unpacker and create-cracklib-dict
Installed Libraries: and the Python module
Installed Directories: /lib/cracklib, /usr/share/dict and /usr/share/cracklib

Short Descriptions


is used to determine if a password is strong.


is used to format text files (lowercases all words, removes control characters and sorts the lists).


creates a database with words read from standard input.


displays on standard output the database specified.


is used to create the CrackLib dictionary from the given word list(s).

provides a fast dictionary lookup method for strong password enforcement.

Last updated on 2018-02-16 17:45:47 -0800


Introduction to cryptsetup

cryptsetup is used to set up transparent encryption of block devices using the kernel crypto API.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

cryptsetup Dependencies


LVM2-2.02.177, popt-1.16, and one of libgcrypt-1.8.2, Nettle-3.4, or NSS-3.35 (libgcrypt is the default)


libpwquality-1.4.0, Python-2.7.14, and passwdqc

User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

Encrypted block devices require kernel support. To use it, the appropriate kernel configuration parameters need to be set:

Device Drivers  --->          
  [*] Multiple devices driver support (RAID and LVM) ---> [CONFIG_MD]
       <*/M> Device mapper support                        [CONFIG_BLK_DEV_DM]
       <*/M> Crypt target support                         [CONFIG_DM_CRYPT]

Cryptographic API  --->                                    
  <*/M> XTS support                                       [CONFIG_CRYPTO_XTS]
  <*/M> SHA224 and SHA256 digest algorithm                [CONFIG_CRYPTO_SHA256]
  <*/M> AES cipher algorithms                             [CONFIG_CRYPTO_AES]
  <*/M> AES cipher algorithms (x86_64)                    [CONFIG_CRYPTO_AES_X86_64] 
  <*/M> User-space interface for symmetric key cipher algorithms
  For tests:
  <*/M> Twofish cipher algorithm                          [CONFIG_CRYPTO_TWOFISH]

Installation of cryptsetup

Install cryptsetup by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

To test the result, issue as the root user: make check

Now, as the root user:

make install

Configuring cryptsetup

Because of the number of possible configurations, setup of encrypted volumes is beyond the scope of the BLFS book. Please see the configuration guide in the cryptsetup FAQ.


Installed Programs: cryptsetup and veritysetup
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is used to setup dm-crypt managed device-mapper mappings.


is used to configure dm-verity managed device-mapper mappings. Device-mapper verity target provides read-only transparent integrity checking of block devices using kernel crypto API.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 04:35:18 -0800

Cyrus SASL-2.1.26

Introduction to Cyrus SASL

The Cyrus SASL package contains a Simple Authentication and Security Layer, a method for adding authentication support to connection-based protocols. To use SASL, a protocol includes a command for identifying and authenticating a user to a server and for optionally negotiating protection of subsequent protocol interactions. If its use is negotiated, a security layer is inserted between the protocol and the connection.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Cyrus SASL Dependencies


Linux-PAM-1.3.0, MIT Kerberos V5-1.16, MariaDB-10.2.13 or MySQL, OpenJDK-9.0.4, OpenLDAP-2.4.45, PostgreSQL-10.2, SQLite-3.22.0, krb4 and Dmalloc

User Notes:

Installation of Cyrus SASL


This package does not support parallel build.

Install Cyrus SASL by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../cyrus-sasl-2.1.26-fixes-3.patch &&
patch -Np1 -i ../cyrus-sasl-2.1.26-openssl-1.1.0-1.patch &&
autoreconf -fi &&

./configure --prefix=/usr        \
            --sysconfdir=/etc    \
            --enable-auth-sasldb \
            --with-dbpath=/var/lib/sasl/sasldb2 \
            --with-saslauthd=/var/run/saslauthd &&
make -j1

This package does not come with a test suite. If you are planning on using the GSSAPI authentication mechanism, it is recommended to test it after installing the package using the sample server and client programs which were built in the preceding step. Instructions for performing the tests can be found at

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -dm755 /usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26 &&
install -v -m644  doc/{*.{html,txt,fig},ONEWS,TODO} \
    saslauthd/LDAP_SASLAUTHD /usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26 &&
install -v -dm700 /var/lib/sasl

Command Explanations

--with-dbpath=/var/lib/sasl/sasldb2: This switch forces the sasldb database to be created in /var/lib/sasl instead of /etc.

--with-saslauthd=/var/run/saslauthd: This switch forces saslauthd to use the FHS compliant directory /var/run/saslauthd for variable run-time data.

--enable-auth-sasldb: This switch enables SASLDB authentication backend.

--with-dblib=gdbm: This switch forces GDBM to be used instead of Berkeley DB.

--with-ldap: This switch enables the OpenLDAP support.

--enable-ldapdb: This switch enables the LDAPDB authentication backend. There is a circular dependency with this parameter. See for a solution to this problem.

--enable-java: This switch enables compiling of the Java support libraries.

--enable-login: This option enables unsupported LOGIN authentication.

--enable-ntlm: This option enables unsupported NTLM authentication.

install -v -m644 ...: These commands install documentation which is not installed by the make install command.

install -v -m700 -d /var/lib/sasl: This directory must exist when starting saslauthd or using the sasldb plugin. If you're not going to be running the daemon or using the plugins, you may omit the creation of this directory.

Configuring Cyrus SASL

Config Files

/etc/saslauthd.conf (for saslauthd LDAP configuration) and /etc/sasl2/Appname.conf (where "Appname" is the application defined name of the application)

Configuration Information

See file:///usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26/sysadmin.html for information on what to include in the application configuration files.

See file:///usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26/LDAP_SASLAUTHD for configuring saslauthd with OpenLDAP.

See file:///usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26/gssapi.html for configuring saslauthd with Kerberos.

Init Script

If you need to run the saslauthd daemon at system startup, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/saslauthd init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package using the following command:

make install-saslauthd


You'll need to modify /etc/sysconfig/saslauthd and modify the AUTHMECH parameter with your desired authentication mechanism.


Installed Programs: pluginviewer, saslauthd, sasldblistusers2, saslpasswd2 and testsaslauthd
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/sasl, /usr/lib/sasl2, /usr/share/doc/cyrus-sasl-2.1.26 and /var/lib/sasl

Short Descriptions


is used to list loadable SASL plugins and their properties.


is the SASL authentication server.


is used to list the users in the SASL password database sasldb2.


is used to set and delete a user's SASL password and mechanism specific secrets in the SASL password database sasldb2.


is a test utility for the SASL authentication server.

is a general purpose authentication library for server and client applications.

Last updated on 2018-02-24 01:05:02 -0800


Introduction to GnuPG

The GnuPG package is GNU's tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures. It includes an advanced key management facility and is compliant with the proposed OpenPGP Internet standard as described in RFC2440 and the S/MIME standard as described by several RFCs. GnuPG 2 is the stable version of GnuPG integrating support for OpenPGP and S/MIME.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 709e5af5bba84d251c520222e720972f

  • Download size: 6.3 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 107 MB (with all tests; add 24 MB for docs)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 1.5 SBU for tests)

GnuPG 2 Dependencies


Libassuan-2.5.1, libgcrypt-1.8.2, libgpg-error-1.27, Libksba-1.3.5, and npth-1.5


cURL-7.58.0, GnuTLS-3.6.2, ImageMagick-7.0.7-23 (for the convert utility, used for generating the documentation), libusb-compat-0.1.5, an MTA, OpenLDAP-2.4.45, SQLite-3.22.0, texlive-20170524 (or install-tl-unx), fig2dev (for generating documentation), and GNU adns

User Notes:

Installation of GnuPG


If you are upgrading from gnupg prior to version 2.1, upstream developers recommend to backup ~/.gnupg, because some additional configuration will probably be necessary, and you could lose your keys. You can find instructions at and

If the top directory path where the source is unpacked contains symbolic links, the openpgp tests may fail. If this is your case and you wish to run the test suite, fix that with:

sed -e '/noinst_SCRIPTS = gpg-zip/c sbin_SCRIPTS += gpg-zip' \
    -i tools/

Install GnuPG by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr            \
            --enable-symcryptrun     \
            --enable-maintainer-mode \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4 &&
make &&

makeinfo --html --no-split \
         -o doc/gnupg_nochunks.html doc/gnupg.texi &&
makeinfo --plaintext       \
         -o doc/gnupg.txt           doc/gnupg.texi

If you have texlive-20170524 installed and you wish to create documentation in alternate formats, issue the following commands (fig2dev is needed for the ps format):

make -C doc pdf ps html

To test the results, issue: make check.

Note that if you have already installed GnuPG, the instructions below will overwrite /usr/share/man/man1/gpg-zip.1. Now, as the root user:

make install &&

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4/html            &&
install -v -m644    doc/gnupg_nochunks.html \
                    /usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4/html/gnupg.html &&
install -v -m644    doc/*.texi doc/gnupg.txt \

If you created alternate formats of the documentation, install it using the following command as the root user:

install -v -m644 doc/gnupg.html/* \
                 /usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4/html &&
install -v -m644 doc/gnupg.{pdf,dvi,ps} \

Command Explanations

sed ... tools/ This command is needed to build the gpg-zip program.

--docdir=/usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4: This switch changes the default docdir to /usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4.

--enable-symcryptrun: This switch enables building the symcryptrun program.

--enable-maintainer-mode: This switch is needed for proper completion of the tests.

--enable-all-tests: allows more tests to be run whith make check.

--enable-g13: This switch enables building the g13 program.


Installed Programs: addgnupghome, applygnupgdefaults, dirmngr, dirmngr-client, g13, gpg-agent, gpg-connect-agent, gpg, gpgconf, gpgparsemail, gpgscm, gpgsm, gpgtar, gpgv, igpg-zip, kbxutil, symcryptrun, and watchgnupg
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/gnupg-2.2.4 and /usr/share/gnupg

Short Descriptions


is used to create and populate user's ~/.gnupg directories


is a wrapper script used to run gpgconf with the --apply-defaults parameter on all user's GnuPG home directories.


is a tool that takes care of accessing the OpenPGP keyservers.


is a tool to contact a running dirmngr and test whether a certificate has been revoked.


is a tool to create, mount or unmount an encrypted file system container (optional).


is a daemon used to manage secret (private) keys independently from any protocol. It is used as a backend for gpg2 and gpgsm as well as for a couple of other utilities.


is a utility used to communicate with a running gpg-agent.


is the OpenPGP part of the GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG). It is a tool used to provide digital encryption and signing services using the OpenPGP standard.


is a utility used to automatically and reasonably safely query and modify configuration files in the ~/.gnupg home directory. It is designed not to be invoked manually by the user, but automatically by graphical user interfaces.


is a utility currently only useful for debugging. Run it with --help for usage information.


executes the given scheme program or spawns an interactive shell.


is a tool similar to gpg2 used to provide digital encryption and signing services on X.509 certificates and the CMS protocol. It is mainly used as a backend for S/MIME mail processing.


is a tool to encrypt or sign files into an archive.


is a verify only version of gpg2.


encrypts or signs files into an archive.


is used to list, export and import Keybox data.


is a simple symmetric encryption tool.


is used to listen to a Unix Domain socket created by any of the GnuPG tools.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 15:57:03 -0800


Introduction to GnuTLS

The GnuTLS package contains libraries and userspace tools which provide a secure layer over a reliable transport layer. Currently the GnuTLS library implements the proposed standards by the IETF's TLS working group. Quoting from the TLS protocol specification:

The TLS protocol provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client/server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.

GnuTLS provides support for TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0, and SSL 3.0 protocols, TLS extensions, including server name and max record size. Additionally, the library supports authentication using the SRP protocol, X.509 certificates and OpenPGP keys, along with support for the TLS Pre-Shared-Keys (PSK) extension, the Inner Application (TLS/IA) extension and X.509 and OpenPGP certificate handling.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

GnuTLS Dependencies




Doxygen-1.8.14, GTK-Doc-1.27, Guile-2.2.3, libidn-1.33 or libidn2-2.0.4 Net-tools-CVS_20101030 (used during the test suite), texlive-20170524 or install-tl-unx, Unbound-1.6.8 (to build the DANE library), Valgrind-3.13.0 (used during the test suite), autogen, cmocka and datefudge (used during the test suite if the DANE library is built), and Trousers (Trusted Platform Module support)


Note that if you do not install libtasn1-4.13, an older version shipped in the GnuTLS tarball will be used instead.

User Notes:

Installation of GnuTLS

Install GnuTLS by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --with-default-trust-store-pkcs11="pkcs11:" &&

To test the results, issue: make check. If a prior version of GnuTLS (or the same version but without all of the recommended dependencies) has been installed, some tests may fail. If /usr/lib/ and the target of that symlink are moved or renamed so that they cannot be found, all tests should pass and the install procedure will restore and the versioned library it points to.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you passed --enable-gtk-doc to the configure script, the API will automatically be installed. Otherwise, if desired, you can still install the API documentation to the /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gnutls directory using the following command as the root user:

make -C doc/reference install-data-local

Command Explanations

--with-default-trust-store-pkcs11="pkcs11:": This switch tells gnutls to use the PKCS #11 trust store as the default trust. Omit this switch if p11-kit-0.23.9 is not installed.

--with-default-trust-store-file=/etc/ssl/ca-bundle.crt: This switch tells configure where to find the legacy CA certificate bundle and to use it instead of PKCS #11 module by default. Use this if p11-kit-0.23.9 is not installed.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.

--enable-openssl-compatibility: Use this switch if you wish to build the OpenSSL compatibility library.

--without-p11-kit: use this switch if you have not installed p11-kit.

--with-included-unistring: uses the bundled version of libunistring, instead of the system one. Use this switch if you have not installed libunistring-0.9.8.


Installed Programs: certtool, danetool, gnutls-cli, gnutls-cli-debug, gnutls-serv, ocsptool, p11tool, psktool, and srptool
Installed Libraries:,,, (optional), and /usr/lib/guile/2.2/
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,share/gtk-doc/html,share/guile/site/2.2}/gnutls

Short Descriptions


is used to generate X.509 certificates, certificate requests, and private keys.


is a tool used to generate and check DNS resource records for the DANE protocol.


is a simple client program to set up a TLS connection to some other computer.


is a simple client program to set up a TLS connection to some other computer and produces very verbose progress results.


is a simple server program that listens to incoming TLS connections.


is a program that can parse and print information about OCSP requests/responses, generate requests and verify responses.


is a program that allows handling data from PKCS #11 smart cards and security modules.


is a simple program that generates random keys for use with TLS-PSK.


is a simple program that emulates the programs in the Stanford SRP (Secure Remote Password) libraries using GnuTLS.

contains the core API functions and X.509 certificate API functions.

Last updated on 2018-02-24 15:05:35 -0800


Introduction to GPGME

The GPGME package is a C library that allows cryptography support to be added to a program. It is designed to make access to public key crypto engines like GnuPG or GpgSM easier for applications. GPGME provides a high-level crypto API for encryption, decryption, signing, signature verification and key management.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 78b1533c593478982ee2fc548260c563

  • Download size: 1.3 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 135 MB (with all bindings)

  • Estimated build time: 0.4 SBU (with parallelism=4; with all bindings, add 0.2 SBU for tests)

GPGME Dependencies




Doxygen-1.8.14 (for API documentation), GnuPG-2.2.4 (required if Qt or SWIG are installed; used during the testsuite), Clisp-2.49, Python-2.7.14, Qt-5.10.1, and/or SWIG-3.0.12 (for language bindings)

User Notes:

Installation of GPGME

Install GPGME by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-gpg-test &&

To test the results, you should have GnuPG-2.2.4 installed and remove the --disable-gpg-test above. Issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-gpg-test: if this parameter is not passed to configure, the test programs are built during make stage, which requires GnuPG-2.2.4. This parameter is not needed if GnuPG-2.2.4 is installed.


Installed Program: gpgme-config and gpgme-tool
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directory: /usr/share/common-lisp/source/gpgme

Short Descriptions


is used to obtain GPGME compilation and linking information.


prints fingerprint and keyid with keyservers.

contains the GPGME API functions for applications using pthread.

contains the GPGME API functions.

Last updated on 2018-02-22 07:11:22 -0800


Introduction to Haveged

The Haveged package contains a daemon that generates an unpredictable stream of random numbers and feeds the /dev/random device.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of Haveged

Install Haveged by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
mkdir -pv    /usr/share/doc/haveged-1.9.2 &&
cp -v README /usr/share/doc/haveged-1.9.2

Configuring haveged

Boot Script

If you want the Haveged daemon to start automatically when the system is booted, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/haveged init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package (as the root user):

make install-haveged


Installed Programs: haveged
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directory: /usr/include/haveged

Short Descriptions


is a daemon that generates an unpredictable stream of random numbers harvested from the indirect effects of hardware events based on hidden processor states (caches, branch predictors, memory translation tables, etc).

Last updated on 2018-02-17 19:25:06 -0800


Introduction to Iptables

The next part of this chapter deals with firewalls. The principal firewall tool for Linux is Iptables. You will need to install Iptables if you intend on using any form of a firewall.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Iptables Dependencies



User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

A firewall in Linux is accomplished through a portion of the kernel called netfilter. The interface to netfilter is Iptables. To use it, the appropriate kernel configuration parameters are found in:

[*] Networking support  --->                                    [CONFIG_NET]
      Networking Options  --->
        [*] Network packet filtering framework (Netfilter) ---> [CONFIG_NETFILTER]

Installation of Iptables


The installation below does not include building some specialized extension libraries which require the raw headers in the Linux source code. If you wish to build the additional extensions (if you aren't sure, then you probably don't), you can look at the INSTALL file to see an example of how to change the KERNEL_DIR= parameter to point at the Linux source code. Note that if you upgrade the kernel version, you may also need to recompile Iptables and that the BLFS team has not tested using the raw kernel headers.

For some non-x86 architectures, the raw kernel headers may be required. In that case, modify the KERNEL_DIR= parameter to point at the Linux source code.

Install Iptables by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr      \
            --sbindir=/sbin    \
            --disable-nftables \
            --enable-libipq    \
            --with-xtlibdir=/lib/xtables &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -sfv ../../sbin/xtables-multi /usr/bin/iptables-xml &&

for file in ip4tc ip6tc ipq iptc xtables
  mv -v /usr/lib/lib${file}.so.* /lib &&
  ln -sfv ../../lib/$(readlink /usr/lib/lib${file}.so) /usr/lib/lib${file}.so

Command Explanations

--disable-nftables: This switch disables building nftables compat. Omit this switch if you have installed nftables.

--enable-libipq: This switch enables building of which can be used by some packages outside of BLFS.

--with-xtlibdir=/lib/xtables: Ensure all Iptables modules are installed in the /lib/xtables directory.

--enable-nfsynproxy: This switch enables installation of nfsynproxy SYNPROXY configuration tool.

ln -sfv ../../sbin/xtables-multi /usr/bin/iptables-xml: Ensure the symbolic link for iptables-xml is relative.

Configuring Iptables

Introductory instructions for configuring your firewall are presented in the next section: Firewalling

Boot Script

To set up the iptables firewall at boot, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/iptables init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package.

make install-iptables


Installed Programs: ip6tables, ip6tables-restore, ip6tables-save, iptables, iptables-restore, iptables-save, iptables-xml, nfsynproxy (optional) and xtables-multi
Installed Libraries:,,,, and
Installed Directories: /lib/xtables and /usr/include/libiptc

Short Descriptions


is used to set up, maintain, and inspect the tables of IP packet filter rules in the Linux kernel.


is used to restore IP Tables from data specified on STDIN. Use I/O redirection provided by your shell to read from a file.


is used to dump the contents of an IP Table in easily parseable format to STDOUT. Use I/O-redirection provided by your shell to write to a file.


is used to convert the output of iptables-save to an XML format. Using the iptables.xslt stylesheet converts the XML back to the format of iptables-restore.


are a set of commands for IPV6 that parallel the iptables commands above.


(optional) configuration tool. SYNPROXY target makes handling of large SYN floods possible without the large performance penalties imposed by the connection tracking in such cases.


is a binary that behaves according to the name it is called by.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 15:57:03 -0800

Setting Up a Network Firewall

Before you read this part of the chapter, you should have already installed iptables as described in the previous section.

Introduction to Firewall Creation

The general purpose of a firewall is to protect a computer or a network against malicious access.

In a perfect world, every daemon or service on every machine is perfectly configured and immune to flaws such as buffer overflows or other problems regarding its security. Furthermore, you trust every user accessing your services. In this world, you do not need to have a firewall.

In the real world however, daemons may be misconfigured and exploits against essential services are freely available. You may wish to choose which services are accessible by certain machines or you may wish to limit which machines or applications are allowed external access. Alternatively, you may simply not trust some of your applications or users. You are probably connected to the Internet. In this world, a firewall is essential.

Don't assume however, that having a firewall makes careful configuration redundant, or that it makes any negligent misconfiguration harmless. It doesn't prevent anyone from exploiting a service you intentionally offer but haven't recently updated or patched after an exploit went public. Despite having a firewall, you need to keep applications and daemons on your system properly configured and up to date. A firewall is not a cure all, but should be an essential part of your overall security strategy.

Meaning of the Word "Firewall"

The word firewall can have several different meanings.

This is a hardware device or software program commercially sold (or offered via freeware) by companies such as Symantec which claims that it secures a home or desktop computer connected to the Internet. This type of firewall is highly relevant for users who do not know how their computers might be accessed via the Internet or how to disable that access, especially if they are always online and connected via broadband links.

This is a system placed between the Internet and an intranet. To minimize the risk of compromising the firewall itself, it should generally have only one role—that of protecting the intranet. Although not completely risk free, the tasks of doing the routing and IP masquerading (rewriting IP headers of the packets it routes from clients with private IP addresses onto the Internet so that they seem to come from the firewall itself) are commonly considered relatively secure.

This is often an old computer you may have retired and nearly forgotten, performing masquerading or routing functions, but offering non-firewall services such as a web-cache or mail. This may be used for home networks, but is not to be considered as secure as a firewall only machine because the combination of server and router/firewall on one machine raises the complexity of the setup.

Firewall with a Demilitarized Zone [Not Further Described Here]

This box performs masquerading or routing, but grants public access to some branch of your network which, because of public IPs and a physically separated structure, is essentially a separate network with direct Internet access. The servers on this network are those which must be easily accessible from both the Internet and intranet. The firewall protects both networks. This type of firewall has a minimum of three network interfaces.


This type of firewall does routing or masquerading, but does not maintain a state table of ongoing communication streams. It is fast, but quite limited in its ability to block undesired packets without blocking desired packets.

Now You Can Start to Build your Firewall


This introduction on how to setup a firewall is not a complete guide to securing systems. Firewalling is a complex issue that requires careful configuration. The scripts quoted here are simply intended to give examples of how a firewall works. They are not intended to fit into any particular configuration and may not provide complete protection from an attack.

Customization of these scripts for your specific situation will be necessary for an optimal configuration, but you should make a serious study of the iptables documentation and creating firewalls in general before hacking away. Have a look at the list of links for further reading at the end of this section for more details. There you will find a list of URLs that contain quite comprehensive information about building your own firewall.

The firewall configuration script installed in the iptables section differs from the standard configuration script. It only has two of the standard targets: start and status. The other targets are clear and lock. For instance if you issue:

/etc/rc.d/init.d/iptables start

the firewall will be restarted just as it is upon system startup. The status target will present a list of all currently implemented rules. The clear target turns off all firewall rules and the lock target will block all packets in and out of the computer with the exception of the loopback interface.

The main startup firewall is located in the file /etc/rc.d/rc.iptables. The sections below provide three different approaches that can be used for a system.


You should always run your firewall rules from a script. This ensures consistency and a record of what was done. It also allows retention of comments that are essential for understanding the rules long after they were written.

Personal Firewall

A Personal Firewall is designed to let you access all the services offered on the Internet, but keep your box secure and your data private.

Below is a slightly modified version of Rusty Russell's recommendation from the Linux 2.4 Packet Filtering HOWTO. It is still applicable to the Linux 2.6 kernels.

cat > /etc/rc.d/rc.iptables << "EOF"

# Begin rc.iptables

# Insert connection-tracking modules
# (not needed if built into the kernel)
modprobe nf_conntrack
modprobe xt_LOG

# Enable broadcast echo Protection
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts

# Disable Source Routed Packets
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/accept_source_route
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/accept_source_route

# Enable TCP SYN Cookie Protection
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_syncookies

# Disable ICMP Redirect Acceptance
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/accept_redirects

# Do not send Redirect Messages
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/send_redirects
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/send_redirects

# Drop Spoofed Packets coming in on an interface, where responses
# would result in the reply going out a different interface.
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/rp_filter
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/rp_filter

# Log packets with impossible addresses.
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/log_martians
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/log_martians

# be verbose on dynamic ip-addresses  (not needed in case of static IP)
echo 2 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_dynaddr

# disable Explicit Congestion Notification
# too many routers are still ignorant
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_ecn

# Set a known state
iptables -P INPUT   DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP
iptables -P OUTPUT  DROP

# These lines are here in case rules are already in place and the
# script is ever rerun on the fly. We want to remove all rules and
# pre-existing user defined chains before we implement new rules.
iptables -F
iptables -X
iptables -Z

iptables -t nat -F

# Allow local-only connections
iptables -A INPUT  -i lo -j ACCEPT

# Free output on any interface to any ip for any service
# (equal to -P ACCEPT)
iptables -A OUTPUT -j ACCEPT

# Permit answers on already established connections
# and permit new connections related to established ones
# (e.g. port mode ftp)
iptables -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

# Log everything else. What's Windows' latest exploitable vulnerability?
iptables -A INPUT -j LOG --log-prefix "FIREWALL:INPUT "

# End $rc_base/rc.iptables
chmod 700 /etc/rc.d/rc.iptables

This script is quite simple, it drops all traffic coming into your computer that wasn't initiated from your computer, but as long as you are simply surfing the Internet you are unlikely to exceed its limits.

If you frequently encounter certain delays at accessing FTP servers, take a look at BusyBox example number 4.

Even if you have daemons or services running on your system, these will be inaccessible everywhere but from your computer itself. If you want to allow access to services on your machine, such as ssh or ping, take a look at BusyBox.

Masquerading Router

A true Firewall has two interfaces, one connected to an intranet, in this example eth0, and one connected to the Internet, here ppp0. To provide the maximum security for the firewall itself, make sure that there are no unnecessary servers running on it such as X11 et al. As a general principle, the firewall itself should not access any untrusted service (think of a remote server giving answers that makes a daemon on your system crash, or even worse, that implements a worm via a buffer-overflow).

cat > /etc/rc.d/rc.iptables << "EOF"

# Begin rc.iptables

echo "You're using the example configuration for a setup of a firewall"
echo "from Beyond Linux From Scratch."
echo "This example is far from being complete, it is only meant"
echo "to be a reference."
echo "Firewall security is a complex issue, that exceeds the scope"
echo "of the configuration rules below."
echo "You can find additional information"
echo "about firewalls in Chapter 4 of the BLFS book."
echo ""

# Insert iptables modules (not needed if built into the kernel).

modprobe nf_conntrack
modprobe nf_conntrack_ftp
modprobe xt_conntrack
modprobe xt_LOG
modprobe xt_state

# Enable broadcast echo Protection
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/icmp_echo_ignore_broadcasts

# Disable Source Routed Packets
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/accept_source_route

# Enable TCP SYN Cookie Protection
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_syncookies

# Disable ICMP Redirect Acceptance
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/accept_redirects

# Don't send Redirect Messages
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/send_redirects

# Drop Spoofed Packets coming in on an interface where responses
# would result in the reply going out a different interface.
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/default/rp_filter

# Log packets with impossible addresses.
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/conf/all/log_martians

# Be verbose on dynamic ip-addresses  (not needed in case of static IP)
echo 2 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_dynaddr

# Disable Explicit Congestion Notification
# Too many routers are still ignorant
echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_ecn

# Set a known state
iptables -P INPUT   DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP
iptables -P OUTPUT  DROP

# These lines are here in case rules are already in place and the
# script is ever rerun on the fly. We want to remove all rules and
# pre-existing user defined chains before we implement new rules.
iptables -F
iptables -X
iptables -Z

iptables -t nat -F

# Allow local connections
iptables -A INPUT  -i lo -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -o lo -j ACCEPT

# Allow forwarding if the initiated on the intranet
iptables -A FORWARD -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A FORWARD ! -i ppp+ -m conntrack --ctstate NEW       -j ACCEPT

# Do masquerading
# (not needed if intranet is not using private ip-addresses)
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o ppp+ -j MASQUERADE

# Log everything for debugging
# (last of all rules, but before policy rules)
iptables -A INPUT   -j LOG --log-prefix "FIREWALL:INPUT "
iptables -A FORWARD -j LOG --log-prefix "FIREWALL:FORWARD "
iptables -A OUTPUT  -j LOG --log-prefix "FIREWALL:OUTPUT "

# Enable IP Forwarding
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward
chmod 700 /etc/rc.d/rc.iptables

With this script your intranet should be reasonably secure against external attacks. No one should be able to setup a new connection to any internal service and, if it's masqueraded, makes your intranet invisible to the Internet. Furthermore, your firewall should be relatively safe because there are no services running that a cracker could attack.


If the interface you're connecting to the Internet doesn't connect via PPP, you will need to change <ppp+> to the name of the interface (e.g., eth1) which you are using.


This scenario isn't too different from the Masquerading Router, but additionally offers some services to your intranet. Examples of this can be when you want to administer your firewall from another host on your intranet or use it as a proxy or a name server.


Outlining a true concept of how to protect a server that offers services on the Internet goes far beyond the scope of this document. See the references at the end of this section for more information.

Be cautious. Every service you have enabled makes your setup more complex and your firewall less secure. You are exposed to the risks of misconfigured services or running a service with an exploitable bug. A firewall should generally not run any extra services. See the introduction to the Masquerading Router for some more details.

If you want to add services such as internal Samba or name servers that do not need to access the Internet themselves, the additional statements are quite simple and should still be acceptable from a security standpoint. Just add the following lines into the script before the logging rules.

iptables -A INPUT  -i ! ppp+  -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -o ! ppp+  -j ACCEPT

If daemons, such as squid, have to access the Internet themselves, you could open OUTPUT generally and restrict INPUT.

iptables -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -j ACCEPT

However, it is generally not advisable to leave OUTPUT unrestricted. You lose any control over trojans who would like to "call home", and a bit of redundancy in case you've (mis-)configured a service so that it broadcasts its existence to the world.

To accomplish this, you should restrict INPUT and OUTPUT on all ports except those that it's absolutely necessary to have open. Which ports you have to open depends on your needs: mostly you will find them by looking for failed accesses in your log files.

Have a Look at the Following Examples:

  • Squid is caching the web:

    iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A INPUT  -p tcp --sport 80 -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED \
      -j ACCEPT
  • Your caching name server (e.g., named) does its lookups via UDP:

    iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
  • You want to be able to ping your computer to ensure it's still alive:

    iptables -A INPUT  -p icmp -m icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT
    iptables -A OUTPUT -p icmp -m icmp --icmp-type echo-reply   -j ACCEPT
  • If you are frequently accessing FTP servers or enjoy chatting, you might notice certain delays because some implementations of these daemons have the feature of querying an identd on your system to obtain usernames. Although there's really little harm in this, having an identd running is not recommended because many security experts feel the service gives out too much additional information.

    To avoid these delays you could reject the requests with a 'tcp-reset':

    iptables -A INPUT  -p tcp --dport 113 -j REJECT --reject-with tcp-reset
  • To log and drop invalid packets (packets that came in after netfilter's timeout or some types of network scans) insert these rules at the top of the chain:

    iptables -I INPUT 0 -p tcp -m conntrack --ctstate INVALID \
      -j LOG --log-prefix "FIREWALL:INVALID "
    iptables -I INPUT 1 -p tcp -m conntrack --ctstate INVALID -j DROP
  • Anything coming from the outside should not have a private address, this is a common attack called IP-spoofing:

    iptables -A INPUT -i ppp+ -s     -j DROP
    iptables -A INPUT -i ppp+ -s  -j DROP
    iptables -A INPUT -i ppp+ -s -j DROP

    There are other addresses that you may also want to drop:,, (multicast and experimental), (Link Local Networks), and (IANA defined test network).

  • If your firewall is a DHCP client, you need to allow those packets:

    iptables -A INPUT  -i ppp0 -p udp -s --sport 67 \
       -d --dport 68 -j ACCEPT
  • To simplify debugging and be fair to anyone who'd like to access a service you have disabled, purposely or by mistake, you could REJECT those packets that are dropped.

    Obviously this must be done directly after logging as the very last lines before the packets are dropped by policy:

    iptables -A INPUT -j REJECT

These are only examples to show you some of the capabilities of the firewall code in Linux. Have a look at the man page of iptables. There you will find much more information. The port numbers needed for this can be found in /etc/services, in case you didn't find them by trial and error in your log file.


Finally, there is one fact you must not forget: The effort spent attacking a system corresponds to the value the cracker expects to gain from it. If you are responsible for valuable information, you need to spend the time to protect it properly.

Last updated on 2016-06-04 22:57:10 -0700

libcap-2.25 with PAM

Introduction to libcap with PAM

The libcap package was installed in LFS, but if Linux-PAM support is desired, the PAM module must be built (after installation of Linux-PAM).

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

libcap Dependencies



User Notes:

Installation of libcap

Install libcap by running the following commands:

make -C pam_cap

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

install -v -m755 pam_cap/ /lib/security &&
install -v -m644 pam_cap/capability.conf /etc/security


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: None

Last updated on 2018-02-19 15:22:55 -0800


Introduction to Linux PAM

The Linux PAM package contains Pluggable Authentication Modules used to enable the local system administrator to choose how applications authenticate users.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

Optional Documentation

Linux PAM Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.2.32, CrackLib-2.9.6, libtirpc-1.0.2 and Prelude

Optional (To Rebuild the Documentation)

docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-1.79.2, fop-2.2, libxslt-1.1.32 and either w3m-0.5.3 or elinks (but with a link calling it 'links') and remove the documentation switch.

User Notes:

Installation of Linux PAM

If you downloaded the documentation, unpack the tarball by issuing the following command.

tar -xf ../Linux-PAM-1.2.0-docs.tar.bz2 --strip-components=1

Install Linux PAM by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr                    \
            --sysconfdir=/etc                \
            --libdir=/usr/lib                \
            --disable-regenerate-docu        \
            --enable-securedir=/lib/security \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/Linux-PAM-1.3.0 &&

To test the results, a suitable /etc/pam.d/other configuration file must exist.

Reinstallation or upgrade of Linux PAM

If you have a system with Linux PAM installed and working, be careful when modifying the files in /etc/pam.d, since your system may become totally unusable. If you want to run the tests, you do not need to create another /etc/pam.d/other file. The installed one can be used for that purpose.

You should also be aware that make install overwrites the configuration files in /etc/security as well as /etc/environment. In case you have modified those files, be sure to back them up.

For a first installation, create the configuration file by issuing the following commands as the root user:

install -v -m755 -d /etc/pam.d &&

cat > /etc/pam.d/other << "EOF"
auth     required
account  required
password required
session  required

Now run the tests by issuing make check. Ensure there are no errors produced by the tests before continuing the installation. Note that the checks are quite long. It may be useful to redirect the output to a log file in order to inspect it thoroughly.

Only in case of a first installation, remove the configuration file created earlier by issuing the following command as the root user:

rm -fv /etc/pam.d/*

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chmod -v 4755 /sbin/unix_chkpwd &&

for file in pam pam_misc pamc
  mv -v /usr/lib/lib${file}.so.* /lib &&
  ln -sfv ../../lib/$(readlink /usr/lib/lib${file}.so) /usr/lib/lib${file}.so

Command Explanations

--enable-securedir=/lib/security: This switch sets install location for the PAM modules.

--disable-regenerate-docu : This switch prevents this version of the package trying to build its documentation, and failing, if the required dependencies except w3m-0.5.3 are present, but Links-2.14 is present. Remove this switch if you have installed w3m (or elinks, with a link so it can be invoked as 'links').

chmod -v 4755 /sbin/unix_chkpwd: The unix_chkpwd helper program must be setuid so that non-root processes can access the shadow file.

Configuring Linux-PAM

Config Files

/etc/security/* and /etc/pam.d/*

Configuration Information

Configuration information is placed in /etc/pam.d/. Below is an example file:

# Begin /etc/pam.d/other

auth            required     nullok
account         required
session         required
password        required     nullok

# End /etc/pam.d/other

Now set up some generic files. As root:

install -vdm755 /etc/pam.d &&
cat > /etc/pam.d/system-account << "EOF" &&
# Begin /etc/pam.d/system-account

account   required

# End /etc/pam.d/system-account

cat > /etc/pam.d/system-auth << "EOF" &&
# Begin /etc/pam.d/system-auth

auth      required

# End /etc/pam.d/system-auth

cat > /etc/pam.d/system-session << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/pam.d/system-session

session   required

# End /etc/pam.d/system-session

The remaining generic file depends on whether CrackLib-2.9.6 is installed. If it is installed, use:

cat > /etc/pam.d/system-password << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/pam.d/system-password

# check new passwords for strength (man pam_cracklib)
password  required   type=Linux retry=3 difok=5 \
                                        difignore=23 minlen=9 dcredit=1 \
                                        ucredit=1 lcredit=1 ocredit=1 \
# use sha512 hash for encryption, use shadow, and use the
# authentication token (chosen password) set by pam_cracklib
# above (or any previous modules)
password  required       sha512 shadow use_authtok

# End /etc/pam.d/system-password


In its default configuration, pam_cracklib will allow multiple case passwords as short as 6 characters, even with the minlen value set to 11. You should review the pam_cracklib(8) man page and determine if these default values are acceptable for the security of your system.

If CrackLib-2.9.6 is NOT installed, use:

cat > /etc/pam.d/system-password << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/pam.d/system-password

# use sha512 hash for encryption, use shadow, and try to use any previously
# defined authentication token (chosen password) set by any prior module
password  required       sha512 shadow try_first_pass

# End /etc/pam.d/system-password

Now add a restrictive /etc/pam.d/other configuration file. With this file, programs that are PAM aware will not run unless a configuration file specifically for that application is created.

cat > /etc/pam.d/other << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/pam.d/other

auth        required
auth        required
account     required
account     required
password    required
password    required
session     required
session     required

# End /etc/pam.d/other

The PAM man page (man pam) provides a good starting point for descriptions of fields and allowable entries. The Linux-PAM System Administrators' Guide is recommended for additional information.

Refer to for a list of various third-party modules available.


You should now reinstall the Shadow-4.5 package.


Installed Program: mkhomedir_helper, pam_tally, pam_tally2, pam_timestamp_check, unix_chkpwd and unix_update
Installed Libraries:, and
Installed Directories: /etc/security, /lib/security, /usr/include/security and /usr/share/doc/Linux-PAM-1.3.0

Short Descriptions


is a helper binary that creates home directories.


is used to interrogate and manipulate the login counter file.


is used to interrogate and manipulate the login counter file, but does not have some limitations that pam_tally does.


is used to check if the default timestamp is valid


is a helper binary that verifies the password of the current user.


is a helper binary that updates the password of a given user.

provides the interfaces between applications and the PAM modules.

Last updated on 2018-02-17 15:35:13 -0800


Introduction to libpwquality

The libpwquality package provides common functions for password quality checking and also scoring them based on their apparent randomness. The library also provides a function for generating random passwords with good pronounceability.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

libpwquality Dependencies




User Notes:

Installation of libpwquality

Install libpwquality by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static \
            --with-securedir=/lib/security &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: pwscore and pwmake
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directories: /etc/security

Short Descriptions


is a simple configurable tool for generating random and relatively easily pronounceable passwords.


is a simple tool for checking quality of a password.

contains API functions for checking the password quality.

is a Linux PAM module used to perform password quality checking.

Last updated on 2015-09-25 08:48:24 -0500

MIT Kerberos V5-1.16

Introduction to MIT Kerberos V5

MIT Kerberos V5 is a free implementation of Kerberos 5. Kerberos is a network authentication protocol. It centralizes the authentication database and uses kerberized applications to work with servers or services that support Kerberos allowing single logins and encrypted communication over internal networks or the Internet.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

MIT Kerberos V5 Dependencies


DejaGnu-1.6.1 (for full test coverage), GnuPG-2.2.4 (to authenticate the package), keyutils-1.5.10, OpenLDAP-2.4.45, Python-2.7.14 (used during the testsuite), rpcbind-0.2.4 (used during the testsuite), and Valgrind-3.13.0 (used during the test suite)


Some sort of time synchronization facility on your system (like ntp-4.2.8p10) is required since Kerberos won't authenticate if there is a time difference between a kerberized client and the KDC server.

User Notes:

Installation of MIT Kerberos V5

Build MIT Kerberos V5 by running the following commands:

cd src &&
sed -i -e 's@\^u}@^u cols 300}@' tests/dejagnu/config/default.exp     &&
sed -i -e '/eq 0/{N;s/12 //}'    plugins/kdb/db2/libdb2/test/run.test &&

./configure --prefix=/usr            \
            --sysconfdir=/etc        \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --with-system-et         \
            --with-system-ss         \
            --with-system-verto=no   \
            --enable-dns-for-realm &&

To test the build, issue as the root user: make -k check. You need at least Tcl-8.6.8, which is used to drive the testsuite. Furthermore, DejaGnu-1.6.1 must be available for some of the tests to run. If you have a former version of MIT Kerberos V5 installed, it may happen that the test suite pick up the installed versions of the libraries, rather than the newly built ones. If so, it is better to run the tests after the installation. The t_ccselect test i sknown to fail.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&

for f in gssapi_krb5 gssrpc k5crypto kadm5clnt kadm5srv \
         kdb5 kdb_ldap krad krb5 krb5support verto ; do

    find /usr/lib -type f -name "lib$f*.so*" -exec chmod -v 755 {} \;    
done          &&

mv -v /usr/lib/*        /lib &&
mv -v /usr/lib/*    /lib &&
mv -v /usr/lib/* /lib &&

ln -v -sf ../../lib/        /usr/lib/        &&
ln -v -sf ../../lib/    /usr/lib/    &&
ln -v -sf ../../lib/ /usr/lib/ &&

mv -v /usr/bin/ksu /bin &&
chmod -v 755 /bin/ksu   &&

install -v -dm755 /usr/share/doc/krb5-1.16 &&
cp -vfr ../doc/*  /usr/share/doc/krb5-1.16

Command Explanations

sed -e ...: The first sed fixes Python detection. The second one increases the width of the virtual terminal used for some tests to prevent some spurious text in the output which is taken as a failure. The third sed removes a test that is known to fail.

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This option is used so that the Kerberos variable run-time data is located in /var/lib instead of /usr/var.

--with-system-et: This switch causes the build to use the system-installed versions of the error-table support software.

--with-system-ss: This switch causes the build to use the system-installed versions of the subsystem command-line interface software.

--with-system-verto=no: This switch fixes a bug in the package: it does not recognize its own verto library installed previously. This is not a problem, if reinstalling the same version, but if you are updating, the old library is used as system's one, instead of installing the new version.

--enable-dns-for-realm: This switch allows realms to be resolved using the DNS server.

--with-ldap: Use this switch if you want to compile the OpenLDAP database backend module.

mv -v /usr/lib/libk... /lib and ln -v -sf ../../lib/libk... /usr/lib/libk...: Move critical libraries to the /lib directory so that they are available when the /usr filesystem is not mounted.

find /usr/lib -type f -name "lib$f*.so*" -exec chmod -v 755 {} \;: This command changes the permisison of installed libraries.

mv -v /usr/bin/ksu /bin: Moves the ksu program to the /bin directory so that it is available when the /usr filesystem is not mounted.

Configuring MIT Kerberos V5

Config Files

/etc/krb5.conf and /var/lib/krb5kdc/kdc.conf

Configuration Information

Kerberos Configuration


You should consider installing some sort of password checking dictionary so that you can configure the installation to only accept strong passwords. A suitable dictionary to use is shown in the CrackLib-2.9.6 instructions. Note that only one file can be used, but you can concatenate many files into one. The configuration file shown below assumes you have installed a dictionary to /usr/share/dict/words.

Create the Kerberos configuration file with the following commands issued by the root user:

cat > /etc/krb5.conf << "EOF"
# Begin /etc/krb5.conf

    default_realm = <EXAMPLE.ORG>
    encrypt = true

    <EXAMPLE.ORG> = {
        kdc = <>
        admin_server = <>
        dict_file = /usr/share/dict/words

    .<> = <EXAMPLE.ORG>

    admin_server = SYSLOG:INFO:AUTH

# End /etc/krb5.conf

You will need to substitute your domain and proper hostname for the occurrences of the <belgarath> and <> names.

default_realm should be the name of your domain changed to ALL CAPS. This isn't required, but both Heimdal and MIT recommend it.

encrypt = true provides encryption of all traffic between kerberized clients and servers. It's not necessary and can be left off. If you leave it off, you can encrypt all traffic from the client to the server using a switch on the client program instead.

The [realms] parameters tell the client programs where to look for the KDC authentication services.

The [domain_realm] section maps a domain to a realm.

Create the KDC database:

kdb5_util create -r <EXAMPLE.ORG> -s

Now you should populate the database with principals (users). For now, just use your regular login name or root.

kadmin.local: add_policy dict-only
kadmin.local: addprinc -policy dict-only <loginname>

The KDC server and any machine running kerberized server daemons must have a host key installed:

kadmin.local: addprinc -randkey host/<>

After choosing the defaults when prompted, you will have to export the data to a keytab file:

kadmin.local: ktadd host/<>

This should have created a file in /etc named krb5.keytab (Kerberos 5). This file should have 600 (root rw only) permissions. Keeping the keytab files from public access is crucial to the overall security of the Kerberos installation.

Exit the kadmin program (use quit or exit) and return back to the shell prompt. Start the KDC daemon manually, just to test out the installation:


Attempt to get a ticket with the following command:

kinit <loginname>

You will be prompted for the password you created. After you get your ticket, you can list it with the following command:


Information about the ticket should be displayed on the screen.

To test the functionality of the keytab file, issue the following command:

ktutil: rkt /etc/krb5.keytab
ktutil: l

This should dump a list of the host principal, along with the encryption methods used to access the principal.

At this point, if everything has been successful so far, you can feel fairly confident in the installation and configuration of the package.

Additional Information

For additional information consult the documentation for krb5-1.16 on which the above instructions are based.

Init Script

If you want to start Kerberos services at boot, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/krb5 init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package using the following command:

make install-krb5


Installed Programs: gss-client, gss-server, k5srvutil, kadmin, kadmin.local, kadmind, kdb5_ldap_util (optional), kdb5_util, kdestroy, kinit, klist, kpasswd, kprop, kpropd, kproplog, krb5-config, krb5kdc, krb5-send-pr, ksu, kswitch, ktutil, kvno, sclient, sim_client, sim_server, sserver, uuclient, and uuserver
Installed Libraries:,,,,,,, (optional),,,,,, and some plugins under the /usr/lib/krb5 tree
Installed Directories: /usr/include/{gssapi,gssrpc,kadm5,krb5}, /usr/lib/krb5, /usr/share/{doc/krb5-1.16,examples/krb5}, /var/lib/krb5kdc, and /var/lib/run/krb5kdc

Short Descriptions


is a GSSAPI test client.


is a GSSAPI test server.


is a host keytable manipulation utility.


is an utility used to make modifications to the Kerberos database.


is an utility similar to kadmin, but if the database is db2, the local client kadmin.local, is intended to run directly on the master KDC without Kerberos authentication.


is a server for administrative access to a Kerberos database.

kdb5_ldap_util (optional)

allows an administrator to manage realms, Kerberos services and ticket policies.


is the KDC database utility.


removes the current set of tickets.


is used to authenticate to the Kerberos server as a principal and acquire a ticket granting ticket that can later be used to obtain tickets for other services.


reads and displays the current tickets in the credential cache.


is a program for changing Kerberos 5 passwords.


takes a principal database in a specified format and converts it into a stream of database records.


receives a database sent by kprop and writes it as a local database.


displays the contents of the KDC database update log to standard output.


gives information on how to link programs against libraries.


is the Kerberos 5 server.


sends a problem report (PR) to a central support site.


is the super user program using Kerberos protocol. Requires a properly configured /etc/shells and ~/.k5login containing principals authorized to become super users.


makes the specified credential cache the primary cache for the collection, if a cache collection is available.


is a program for managing Kerberos keytabs.


prints keyversion numbers of Kerberos principals.


is used to contact a sample server and authenticate to it using Kerberos 5 tickets, then display the server's response.


is a simple UDP-based sample client program, for demonstration.


is a simple UDP-based server application, for demonstration.


is the sample Kerberos 5 server.


is another sample client.


is another sample server.

contains the Generic Security Service Application Programming Interface (GSSAPI) functions which provides security services to callers in a generic fashion, supportable with a range of underlying mechanisms and technologies and hence allowing source-level portability of applications to different environments.

contains the administrative authentication and password checking functions required by Kerberos 5 client-side programs.

contains the administrative authentication and password checking functions required by Kerberos 5 servers.

is a Kerberos 5 authentication/authorization database access library.

contains the internal support library for RADIUS functionality.

is an all-purpose Kerberos 5 library.

Last updated on 2018-02-21 14:44:26 -0800


Introduction to Nettle

The Nettle package contains a low-level cryptographic library that is designed to fit easily in many contexts.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of Nettle

Install Nettle by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chmod   -v   755 /usr/lib/lib{hogweed,nettle}.so &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/nettle-3.4 &&
install -v -m644 nettle.html /usr/share/doc/nettle-3.4

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: nettle-hash, nettle-lfib-stream, nettle-pbkdf2, pkcs1-conv and sexp-conv
Installed Libraries: and
Installed Directory: /usr/include/nettle and /usr/share/doc/nettle-3.4

Short Descriptions


calculates a hash value using a specified algorithm.


outputs a sequence of pseudorandom (non-cryptographic) bytes, using Knuth's lagged fibonacci generator. The stream is useful for testing, but should not be used to generate cryptographic keys or anything else that needs real randomness.


password-based key derivation function that take as input a password or passphrase and typically strengthen it and protect against certain pre-computation attacks by using salting and expensive computation.


converts private and public RSA keys from PKCS #1 format to sexp format.


converts an s-expression to a different encoding.

Last updated on 2018-02-17 15:35:13 -0800


Introduction to NSS

The Network Security Services (NSS) package is a set of libraries designed to support cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications. Applications built with NSS can support SSL v2 and v3, TLS, PKCS #5, PKCS #7, PKCS #11, PKCS #12, S/MIME, X.509 v3 certificates, and other security standards. This is useful for implementing SSL and S/MIME or other Internet security standards into an application.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

NSS Dependencies




User Notes:

Installation of NSS


This package does not support parallel build.

Install NSS by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../nss-3.35-standalone-1.patch &&

cd nss &&

make -j1 BUILD_OPT=1                  \
  NSPR_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/nspr  \
  USE_SYSTEM_ZLIB=1                   \
  ZLIB_LIBS=-lz                       \
  NSS_ENABLE_WERROR=0                 \
  $([ $(uname -m) = x86_64 ] && echo USE_64=1) \
  $([ -f /usr/include/sqlite3.h ] && echo NSS_USE_SYSTEM_SQLITE=1)

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

cd ../dist                                                          &&

install -v -m755 Linux*/lib/*.so              /usr/lib              &&
install -v -m644 Linux*/lib/{*.chk,libcrmf.a} /usr/lib              &&

install -v -m755 -d                           /usr/include/nss      &&
cp -v -RL {public,private}/nss/*              /usr/include/nss      &&
chmod -v 644                                  /usr/include/nss/*    &&

install -v -m755 Linux*/bin/{certutil,nss-config,pk12util} /usr/bin &&

install -v -m644 Linux*/lib/pkgconfig/nss.pc  /usr/lib/pkgconfig

Command Explanations

BUILD_OPT=1: This option is passed to make so that the build is performed with no debugging symbols built into the binaries and the default compiler optimizations are used.

NSPR_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/include/nspr: This option sets the location of the nspr headers.

USE_SYSTEM_ZLIB=1: This option is passed to make to ensure that the library is linked to the system installed zlib instead of the in-tree version.

ZLIB_LIBS=-lz: This option provides the linker flags needed to link to the system zlib.

$([ $(uname -m) = x86_64 ] && echo USE_64=1): The USE_64=1 option is required on x86_64, otherwise make will try (and fail) to create 32-bit objects. The [ $(uname -m) = x86_64 ] test ensures it has no effect on a 32 bit system.

([ -f /usr/include/sqlite3.h ] && echo NSS_USE_SYSTEM_SQLITE=1): This tests if sqlite is installed and if so it echos the option NSS_USE_SYSTEM_SQLITE=1 to make so that will link against the system version of sqlite.

Configuring NSS

If p11-kit-0.23.9 is installed, the p11-kit trust module (/usr/lib/pkcs11/ can be used as a drop-in replacement for /usr/lib/ to transparently make the system CAs available to NSS aware applications, rather than the static list provided by /usr/lib/ As the root user, execute the following commands:

if [ -e /usr/lib/ ]; then
  readlink /usr/lib/ ||
  rm -v /usr/lib/    &&
  ln -sfv ./pkcs11/ /usr/lib/

Additionally, for dependent applications that do not use the internal database (/usr/lib/, the /usr/sbin/make-ca script, included on the make-ca-0.7 page, will generate a system wide NSS DB.


Installed Programs: certutil, nss-config, and pk12util
Installed Libraries: libcrmf.a,,,,,,,,,,, and
Installed Directories: /usr/include/nss

Short Descriptions


is the Mozilla Certificate Database Tool. It is a command-line utility that can create and modify the Netscape Communicator cert8.db and key3.db database files. It can also list, generate, modify, or delete certificates within the cert8.db file and create or change the password, generate new public and private key pairs, display the contents of the key database, or delete key pairs within the key3.db file.


is used to determine the NSS library settings of the installed NSS libraries.


is a tool for importing certificates and keys from pkcs #12 files into NSS or exporting them. It can also list certificates and keys in such files.

Last updated on 2018-02-24 15:05:35 -0800


Introduction to OpenSSH

The OpenSSH package contains ssh clients and the sshd daemon. This is useful for encrypting authentication and subsequent traffic over a network. The ssh and scp commands are secure implementations of telnet and rcp respectively.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

OpenSSH Dependencies


Linux-PAM-1.3.0, X Window System, MIT Kerberos V5-1.16, libedit, LibreSSL Portable, OpenSC, and libsectok

Optional Runtime (Used only to gather entropy)

OpenJDK-9.0.4, Net-tools-CVS_20101030, and Sysstat-11.6.2

User Notes:

Installation of OpenSSH

OpenSSH runs as two processes when connecting to other computers. The first process is a privileged process and controls the issuance of privileges as necessary. The second process communicates with the network. Additional installation steps are necessary to set up the proper environment, which are performed by issuing the following commands as the root user:

install  -v -m700 -d /var/lib/sshd &&
chown    -v root:sys /var/lib/sshd &&

groupadd -g 50 sshd        &&
useradd  -c 'sshd PrivSep' \
         -d /var/lib/sshd  \
         -g sshd           \
         -s /bin/false     \
         -u 50 sshd

Install OpenSSH by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../openssh-7.6p1-openssl-1.1.0-1.patch &&

./configure --prefix=/usr                     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc/ssh             \
            --with-md5-passwords              \
            --with-privsep-path=/var/lib/sshd &&

The testsuite requires an installed copy of scp to complete the multiplexing tests. To run the test suite, first copy the scp program to /usr/bin, making sure that you backup any existing copy first.

To test the results, issue: make tests.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755    contrib/ssh-copy-id /usr/bin     &&

install -v -m644    contrib/ssh-copy-id.1 \
                    /usr/share/man/man1              &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/openssh-7.6p1     &&

Command Explanations

--sysconfdir=/etc/ssh: This prevents the configuration files from being installed in /usr/etc.

--with-md5-passwords: This enables the use of MD5 passwords.

--with-pam: This parameter enables Linux-PAM support in the build.

--with-xauth=/usr/bin/xauth: Set the default location for the xauth binary for X authentication. Change the location if xauth will be installed to a different path. This can also be controlled from sshd_config with the XAuthLocation keyword. You can omit this switch if Xorg is already installed.

--with-kerberos5=/usr: This option is used to include Kerberos 5 support in the build.

--with-libedit: This option enables line editing and history features for sftp.

Configuring OpenSSH

Config Files

~/.ssh/*, /etc/ssh/ssh_config, and /etc/ssh/sshd_config

There are no required changes to any of these files. However, you may wish to view the /etc/ssh/ files and make any changes appropriate for the security of your system. One recommended change is that you disable root login via ssh. Execute the following command as the root user to disable root login via ssh:

echo "PermitRootLogin no" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config

If you want to be able to log in without typing in your password, first create ~/.ssh/id_rsa and ~/.ssh/ with ssh-keygen and then copy ~/.ssh/ to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote computer that you want to log into. You'll need to change REMOTE_USERNAME and REMOTE_HOSTNAME for the username and hostname of the remote computer and you'll also need to enter your password for the ssh-copy-id command to succeed:

ssh-keygen &&

Once you've got passwordless logins working it's actually more secure than logging in with a password (as the private key is much longer than most people's passwords). If you would like to now disable password logins, as the root user:

echo "PasswordAuthentication no" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config &&
echo "ChallengeResponseAuthentication no" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config

If you added Linux-PAM support and you want ssh to use it then you will need to add a configuration file for sshd and enable use of LinuxPAM. Note, ssh only uses PAM to check passwords, if you've disabled password logins these commands are not needed. If you want to use PAM, issue the following commands as the root user:

sed 's@d/login@d/sshd@g' /etc/pam.d/login > /etc/pam.d/sshd &&
chmod 644 /etc/pam.d/sshd &&
echo "UsePAM yes" >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Additional configuration information can be found in the man pages for sshd, ssh and ssh-agent.

Boot Script

To start the SSH server at system boot, install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/sshd init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20180105 package.

make install-sshd


Installed Programs: scp, sftp, slogin (symlink to ssh), ssh, ssh-add, ssh-agent, ssh-copy-id, ssh-keygen, ssh-keyscan, and sshd
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /etc/ssh, /usr/share/doc/openssh-7.6p1, and /var/lib/sshd

Short Descriptions


is a file copy program that acts like rcp except it uses an encrypted protocol.


is an FTP-like program that works over the SSH1 and SSH2 protocols.


is a symlink to ssh.


is an rlogin/rsh-like client program except it uses an encrypted protocol.


is a daemon that listens for ssh login requests.


is a tool which adds keys to the ssh-agent.


is an authentication agent that can store private keys.


is a script that enables logins on remote machine using local keys.


is a key generation tool.


is a utility for gathering public host keys from a number of hosts.

Last updated on 2018-02-16 17:45:47 -0800


Introduction to OpenSSL-1.0.2n Libraries

The OpenSSL-1.0.2n package contains libraries relating to cryptography. These are useful for providing cryptographic functions to other packages, such as email applications and web browsers (for accessing HTTPS sites). This package provides only the libraries and headers for packages that have not yet been ported to openssl-1.1.x or later.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

OpenSSL-1.0.2n Dependencies


MIT Kerberos V5-1.16

User Notes:

Installation of OpenSSL-1.0.2n Libraries


This package does not support parallel build.

Install OpenSSL-1.0.2n Libraries with the following commands:

 patch -Np1 -i ../openssl-1.0.2n-compat_versioned_symbols-1.patch &&

./config --prefix=/usr            \
         --openssldir=/etc/ssl    \
         --libdir=lib/openssl-1.0 \
         shared                   \
         zlib-dynamic             &&

make depend                       &&
make -j1

To test the results, issue: make -j1 test. The test suite does not support parallel jobs.

Now, as the root user:

make INSTALL_PREFIX=$PWD/Dest install_sw                      &&

rm -rf /usr/lib/openssl-1.0                                   &&
install -vdm755                   /usr/lib/openssl-1.0        &&
cp -Rv Dest/usr/lib/openssl-1.0/*