syntax of mkdir

Jason Erickson viperjason at
Sat Apr 18 21:10:23 PDT 2009

Not to nit-pick...but dot-dot is previous directory.
dot is current directory its not the same unless you are currently in $LFS/tools/somedir

if your compiling then your probably in $LFS/sources/binutils (or
whatever the binutils folder is that the binutils source files were
unzipped into).  Thats the directory you should be in.

On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 8:50 PM, John Shelton <rick.shelton at> wrote:
>> mkdir -v ../binutils-build
>> cd ../binutils-build
>> from chapter 5.
>> Isn't it the same thing as mkdir -v $LFS/tools/binutils-build ?
>> As also which account should i be using , can I assume lfs?
> yes, the dot-dot is short-hand for the current directory, less typing.
> the current directory might be $LFS/tools or $LFS/sources, depending
> on how you're doing things and how memory serves.
> you'll still need to change directory...
> lfs is a user equivalent of a temporary, working directory, or scratch
> file. it's one way to separate what belongs to the new system, with
> anything not belonging to lfs being part of the host system.
> so it looks like you understand the file system hierarchy that's being
> set up. you should be fine the rest of the way.
> ~rick
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