what exactly means "Installation Dependencies"?

Hannes Birnbacher mail at hannes-birnbacher.de
Mon Oct 7 08:00:15 PDT 2002

have the LFS4 book and, after some problems, started to look into 
matters thoroughly.
So I sucessfully compiled binutils-2.13 (static, following 
Chapter 5) but I have the impression that one file was missing. I 
therefore checked if all the files mentioned under "Binutils 
Installation Dependencies" were present in my host distribution 
(SuSE 7.3). I found out that Autoconf: autoconf, autoheader, and 
Automake: aclocal, automake weren't there. All the others, when I 
called them by typing, for example: "ar --version", answered with 
their version number and there was mentioned SuSE in the version 
string, so I am sure they are from my host distribution. 

Now how is it possible that almost all binutil files from LFS 
were successfully compiled, without any error message, when some 
files mentioned as "Installation Dependencies" are missing in my 
host distribution? Are they 
- necessary not for installing binutils, but for running 
binutils, or 
- will they become necessary when re-compiling it dynamically, or 
- will only a part of the binutils files be created, leaving out 
some which would have needed, for example, autoconf, which would 
explain my problem with the one missing file after compiling 

As I do have no professional training in Linux/Unix, I think I 
had better understand what I read very exactly so I would be 
grateful for any help. 

The main problem, "where is the missing file and why is ist 
missing", has been asked by me in an other posting today so 
please do not bother to ask which file was it.

Thanks for any comment!

Hannes Birnbacher, Germany
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