ALFS Direction

Boris Buegling boris at
Sun Nov 14 13:59:23 PST 2004


I have done work on the Hive project's XML parsing tool and after 
speaking w/ JH on IRC, I would also be interested in joining in the 
nALFS2 effort.

On 14.11.2004, Jeremy Huntwork created this extraordinary piece of modern literature:
>1) Investigate what needs to be done to auto-generate or update ALFS 
>profiles when the book is edited. Jamie Bennett mentioned that he was 
>going to take another look at lfscmd.

IMHO, this will lead to a lot of kludge, because information is missing 
from the book, which is needed to build packages, e.g. names of the 
directory an unpacked tarball will create, as it is not always simply 
basename $package .tar.{bz2,gz}. To have a clean solution, this 
information should be included in the book's XML itself at some point, 
we should discuss if and how this could be done.

>done, we can begin organizing a development team.  So consider this the 
>re-opening/finalizing of the discussion of our future build tool.

I have some further suggestions:

1) The new tool should support conditional execution of some sort, to be 
able to build on different architectures. This could make sth like 
Ryan's cross-lfs scripts possible for nALFS.

2) I'm developing an installation logging library, which could be used 
for the Uninstallation facility. An older version was posted to ALFS 
discuss by me in 2003 (Message-ID: <20031020154333.GA4434 at>).

3) As far as dependencies are concerned, we already have much of that 
information included in the books. Building according to a dependency 
graph isn't really required for LFS and BLFS already lists optional and 
required deps. The tool should first rely on this information.

>As Jamie mentioned in another post, there is now an IRC channel for the 
>development of ALFS at called #alfs-dev.

You can find me there, too, showing up as NeoCool.

Boris Buegling <boris at>
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