OK, I'm Lost

Ken Anderson mildseven at linuxmail.org
Fri Nov 8 17:16:13 PST 2002

A man of your will power and dermination should try to do it again making sure the environment variable $LFS is set to /mnt/lfs, the target drive is correctly mounted on /mnt/lfs and if all this dont work, try once again using /mnt/lfs instead of $LFS. HTH

----- Original Message -----
From: John Lowell <johnlowell at ameritech.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 01:20:31 -0800
To: lfs-support at linuxfromscratch.org
Subject: OK, I'm Lost

> 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 
> Bash-2.05a via
> ./configure --enable-static-link \
>      --prefix +$LFS/static --with-curses &&
> make &&
> make install
> 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.
> John Lowell  
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