[lfs-dev] Rename sources?

Victor Wren vwren at ponyhome.com
Fri May 4 07:52:14 PDT 2012

I never had any confusion on that issue, because I prefer to build 
everything in /usr/local/src/ anyway, and keep the tar files someplace 
else entirely (currently /lsrc, because it's short to type, which means 
I can't just copy and paste all the "patch" commands, but such is my 
cross to bear--and yes, I create /usr/local/src in the LFS mount before 
the step where I'm supposed to create the directory structure, but I'm 
weird and probably a bad example to all.).

You do have to assume SOME level of base competency for a group of 
people who are brave enough to attempt compiling their own operating 
system from scratch.  They may be newcomers to compiling operating 
systems, but are unlikely to be newcomers to Linux and command-line 
tools (unless they enjoy pain, and there's no helping that).  It only 
causes me momentary confusion when I un-tar a package, and the directory 
it unpacks into has a name completely different from the tarfile.  I've 
never confused the tree of the package itself with the directory I put 
it in.  If changing the name is deemed a good idea, I'd vote for "packages."
--Victor Wren

On 5/4/2012 5:45 AM, Andrew Benton wrote:
> Hello All,
> There's a rather ill natured thread on LFS Support at the moment called
> Chapter 5 questions. Scott Robertson has made an interesting point:
> On Fri, 04 May 2012 11:35:32 +0100
> Scott Robertson<scottrobertson33 at yahoo.com>  wrote:
>>   But do you not see from a newcomers
>> perspective that you seem to use "source directory" in more ways than one?
>> $LFS/sources and (for example) $LFS/sources/binutils-x.x could BOTH be referred to as "source directories".
>> And when you say to build (again for example) the binutils-build directory OUTSIDE of the source directory,
>> that can have more than one meaning.  It could mean to build it outside of the $LFS/sources directory
>> OR it could mean to build it outside of the $LFS/sources/binutils-x.x SOURCE directory,
> I think it's a good point and it would help some people who are new to
> the book if we renamed the sources folder "materials" or "resources" or
> "packages" or something.
> Andy

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