blfs book -suggested /etc/profile

Linux linux at
Wed Jul 16 10:35:15 PDT 2003

Hi Stephen

Thanks for taking the time, I will try what you suggest as we know the
script works, and should work with the lfs install, so it has to be
something silly like that.

As for taking on lfs, when I first installed RH72.2 a few months ago (my
first distro install) I found it very difficult to work out what was what
and what everything was as the big distros do everything or most of the
configuration for you, so I am tackling the lfs route in order to try and
get to grips with Linux in general.

Thanks for the help

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Bosch" <posting at>
To: <blfs-support at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 6:06 PM
Subject: Re: blfs book -suggested /etc/profile

> Hullo Jeff:
> Linux wrote:
> > No only vim, it only has RH7.2 and my lfs system on it, now that you
ask, I
> > felt too stupid to ask however how important is 'whitespace' and spaces
> > bash scripting? as I thought that maybe I had put a space or newline in
> > somewhere it should not.
> That was my line of thinking -- the answer is yes, whitespace and
> invisible newlines can completely pooch a script that *appears* to be
> correct.
> This has happened to me before, hence the question. The way I avoid it
> (if there is lots of stuff to transcribe) is to copy and paste the
> script segment exactly as it appears in LFS or BLFS, taking care to
> modify any portion of it that differs (with respect to paths, for
> example). This has worked for me consistently. You might like to try that.
> It is certainly suspicious that 1) people who use a profile that is
> apparently identical report no problems and 2) the errors you report
> disappear when you comment out the offending lines.
> First try rewriting the busted lines, and then if that doesn't fix it,
> use the copy and paste trick that I mentioned above on a new file.
> At the risk of starting a religious war, good on you for doing your
> edits in vim ;) You are also to be commended for taking on LFS so early
> in your Linux experience.
> Good luck!
> -Stephen-
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