6.5. Coreutils-9.3

The Coreutils package contains the basic utility programs needed by every operating system.

Approximate build time: 0.3 SBU
Required disk space: 162 MB

6.5.1. Installation of Coreutils

Prepare Coreutils for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr                     \
            --host=$LFS_TGT                   \
            --build=$(build-aux/config.guess) \
            --enable-install-program=hostname \
            --enable-no-install-program=kill,uptime \

The meaning of the configure options:


This enables the hostname binary to be built and installed – it is disabled by default but is required by the Perl test suite.


This is needed to work around an issue in the gnulib copy shipped by the package which would break cross compilation.

Compile the package:


Install the package:

make DESTDIR=$LFS install

Move programs to their final expected locations. Although this is not necessary in this temporary environment, we must do so because some programs hardcode executable locations:

mv -v $LFS/usr/bin/chroot              $LFS/usr/sbin
mkdir -pv $LFS/usr/share/man/man8
mv -v $LFS/usr/share/man/man1/chroot.1 $LFS/usr/share/man/man8/chroot.8
sed -i 's/"1"/"8"/'                    $LFS/usr/share/man/man8/chroot.8

Details on this package are located in Section 8.55.2, “Contents of Coreutils.”