OK, I'm Lost
johnlowell at ameritech.net
Fri Nov 8 01:20:31 PST 2002
First of all, I hope I'm reaching the Linux From Scratch support mailing list.
Second, if I have, in fact, reached that list, perhaps a beginning can be
made on a impasse I've encountered with the LFS installation.
I'm attempting to install LFS from Mandrake 9.0, having first downloaded and
printed-out the book, created my /mnt/lfs partition, downloaded the
appropriate packages to my user Home Directory, created an unpriviledged user
account and entered all commands to create a suitable environment. The
impasse occurs when attempting to install Bash. As indicated in the text and
while Mandrake 9.0 includes libncurses.a, it does not include libcurses.a, so
I made a symlink as root. Next, as unpriviledged user, I attempted to install
./configure --enable-static-link \
--prefix +$LFS/static --with-curses &&
but I get back a "no such directory" error. After failing the first time, I
used userdel to remove the unpriviledged user account so as to have a clean
second go at it. Sad to say, I reached the same impasse on the second try.
Now, you should know that I have little experience working from the Linux
command line and while I feel reasonably certain that I've followed the
instructions to the letter, a certain doubt haunts my consciousness as I
write you. It's not that you are dealing with a rank amateur, your not, but
there are certain unfamiliarities, the > type characters used on the left
side of the console screen, for example. A lot is unsaid in the instructions
and one relies on an intuitive sense when moving forward in these cases.
What can you tell me? I'm not willing to quit.
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