BLFS Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ is divided in three documents. The General FAQ has links to all questions and answers. The LFS FAQ is a selection of LFS-specific FAQ's and the BLFS FAQ is a selection of BLFS-specific FAQ's.

General BLFS questions

Compilation issues

Configuration issues

General BLFS questions

None at now

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Compilation issues

I'm getting errors building a package that requires GTK+, but I've installed GTK+ 3.x.

GTK+-2.x, GTK+-3.x and GTK-4.x are incompatible with each other. The package you're installing may need another version of GTK+ or GTK. You can install those versions without conflict.

Any error while building part of GNOME

Using the latest version of every GNOME package doesn't work. You have to use versions that are known to work together and are used in the BLFS book.

When building GNOME, follow the book and the book is good.

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Configuration issues

How do I print?

See one of the various printing hints

Before you try any of the advanced printer daemons (for example CUPS) make sure your printer works by following the Printing From Scratch hint. For most people, this hint is all that is required to setup basic printing.

When reporting problems with CUPS, please indicate whether the following commands work:

# This is an image, so ghostscript is not called
lpr -o ppi=100 /usr/share/doc/cups/images/cups-block-diagram.gif
# This PostScript file doesn't use any fonts
lpr /usr/share/ghostscript/<version>/examples/tiger.ps
# This PostScript file uses fonts
lpr /usr/share/ghostscript/<version>/examples/alphabet.ps

How do I set PS1 in Konsole?

Follow the instructions on the BLFS Bash Shell Startup Files to properly setup your enviroment.

Alternatively, you can try the following solutions:

Start konsole as a login shell:

konsole --ls

Change the session in Konsole to start /bin/bash --login instead of /bin/bash.