Absolute versus Relative URLs pointing to LFS

Randy McMurchy randy at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Feb 15 22:00:08 PST 2005

Currently, there's 3 packages that reference the LFS book in the
BLFS instructions: Shadow, GCC and Vim. All 3 references are URLs
to the program descriptions of the respective packages in the
LFS-6.0 text.

These references use an entity defined in the BLFS book general.ent
file of http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/....

We could change the entity to something like ../../../.. to reference
a relative URL instead of the hard-coded absolute URL as it is now.

This keeps folks on their local mirror instead of transferring to

I'm thinking of this for two reasons: 1) the bandwidth on belgarath
when folks use the absolute URL and 2) which is a bigger concern,
is advertising the fact that belgarath hosts the website as well as
all the mirrors.

I'm thinking that using relative URLs instead of the absolute URLs
would be less likely to show to the folks that you don't actually
need to use a mirror to gain access to the HTTP LFS services.

Comments would be appreciated.


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