[lfs-dev] bc ready

Cindy Sue Causey butterflybytes at gmail.com
Mon Jul 15 07:53:44 PDT 2019

On 7/15/19, Marty Jack via lfs-dev <lfs-dev at lists.linuxfromscratch.org> wrote:
> On 07/14/2019 10:01 PM, Bruce Dubbs via lfs-dev wrote:
>> I've added your version of bc to LFS.  I have one minor issue.  When the
>> tests are run, there is no indication of the results.  There is a long
>> list of activities, but I assume that a lack of failure notices means
>> success.  A notice of how many tests passed and/or failed would be nice.
>> On 7/8/19 12:56 PM, Gavin Howard via lfs-dev wrote:
>>> Hello,
>>> I am the author of the bc that is going to be put in
>>> (http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/ticket/4436), and it's time for
>>> me to say that it is ready to be put in. The reason: I believe that it
>>> is complete, so I have switched from active development to active
>>> maintenance.
>> < snipped for brevity >
> I will be continuing to run the GNU version of bc.  While the version you
> now have in the book may be a totally impressive piece of work, until it is
> picked up by one or more major distros, it is not suitable for my system.
> Compare to the situation with libjpeg-turbo, which completely overtook
> libjpeg.  Why you would make choices that make your build less mainstream is
> not clear.  There's been no discussion of this that I am aware of.

Hi from "just" a regular User. This has actually been being discussed.
I've not followed closely because I'm a "casual" User who is
(unfortunately) highly distracted elsewhere.

What I just did was very unscientifically run a CTRL+F on "bc" for
each recently archived month's list webpage. I found a couple
references.. as a potential point of reference for any further


And here...


That referenced Ticket #4436 landed this:


Which ultimately, importantly... landed here:


I decided to post because it will maybe one day help other newbie
minds, like mine, understand LFS's website layout when wondering how
the LFS website itself works.

Regarding "bc", I'm seeing Bruce reference things like... it's
"easy/easier". That appears to have impressed them and thus helped
them make their executive decision on this topic.

Regarding LFS's concept as a whole... it's about building our own with
the LFS Book being a guideline to prompt each of us along on our solo
treks. Having the tech talent, ability to make the conscious CHOICE to
go with the other bc version is FABULOUS..

A comparable example that I can think of from the book right now... is
right where my own effort stalled on my first go-round. That was about
each of us making a personal CHOICE of package managers.

>From the downloads I have on hand, that appears to be approximate
"Chapter 6.3. Package Management" from the Book's "Linux From Scratch
- Version SVN-20190423" version.

Anyway, that's about as much as I know as a seasoned, professional
lurker out here. Submitted purely to try to help save others some time
if they decide to try and track this same thing down. :)

Cindy :)

PS In other news, I just learned that this form of the LFS Developer's
list appears to be 20 years old this year. Congratulations! #ThankYou
for all you all do to help others LOVE THEIR LINUX! *Yeehaw!*


Cindy-Sue Causey
* runs with birdseed *

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