r8583 - trunk/BOOK/prologue

bdubbs at linuxfromscratch.org bdubbs at linuxfromscratch.org
Sun Oct 5 16:13:55 PDT 2008


Author: bdubbs
Date: 2008-10-05 17:13:55 -0600 (Sun, 05 Oct 2008)
New Revision: 8583

Modified:
   trunk/BOOK/prologue/hostreqs.xml
Log:
Add note about symlink reqt in Host Requirements
Add simple compilation check in Host Requirements

Modified: trunk/BOOK/prologue/hostreqs.xml
===================================================================
--- trunk/BOOK/prologue/hostreqs.xml	2008-10-05 22:48:56 UTC (rev 8582)
+++ trunk/BOOK/prologue/hostreqs.xml	2008-10-05 23:13:55 UTC (rev 8583)
@@ -22,7 +22,7 @@
 
     <listitem>
       <para><emphasis role="strong">Bash-2.05a</emphasis> (/bin/sh
-      must be a symbolic or hard link to bash)</para>
+      should be a symbolic or hard link to bash)</para>
     </listitem>
 
     <listitem>
@@ -33,7 +33,7 @@
 
     <listitem>
       <para><emphasis role="strong">Bison-1.875</emphasis> (/usr/bin/yacc
-      must be a link to bison or small script that executes bison)</para>
+      should be a link to bison or small script that executes bison)</para>
     </listitem>
 
     <listitem>
@@ -55,7 +55,7 @@
 
     <listitem>
       <para><emphasis role="strong">Gawk-3.0</emphasis> (/usr/bin/awk
-      must be a link to gawk)</para>
+      should be a link to gawk)</para>
     </listitem>
 
     <listitem>
@@ -128,8 +128,17 @@
 
   </itemizedlist>
 
-  <para>To see whether your host system has all the appropriate versions, run the following:</para>
+  <para>Note that the symlinks mentioned above are required to build an LFS
+  system using the instructions contained within this book. Symlinks that
+  point to other software (such as dash, mawk, etc.) may work, but are not
+  tested or supported by the LFS development team, and may require either
+  deviation from the instructions or additional patches to some
+  packages.</para>
 
+  <para>To see whether your host system has all the appropriate versions, and
+  ability to compile programs, run
+  the following:</para>
+
 <screen role="nodump"><userinput>cat > version-check.sh << "EOF"
 <literal>#!/bin/bash
 export LC_ALL=C
@@ -160,6 +169,9 @@
 sed --version | head -n1
 tar --version | head -n1
 makeinfo --version | head -n1
+echo 'main(){}' > dummy.c && gcc -o dummy dummy.c
+if [ -x dummy ]; then echo "Compilation OK"; else echo "Compilation failed"; fi
+rm -f dummy.c dummy
 </literal>
 EOF
 




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