Linux From Scratch and Beyond
Posted Aug 3, 2006 0:11 UTC (Thu) by dbnichol
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The number of patches used in LFS is often far less than that used in many of the big distros. For instance, see the number of patches used in the LFS coreutils build vs. Fedora's coreutils build: 3 vs. ~20.
An important thing to remember is that it is actually a very difficult task to get an entire system working together. The reason that these fixes aren't included upstream are varied, but often times they are system specific. Sometimes these patches _are_ backported from upstream.
Also, a lot of the patches used in LFS are specific to the fact that you are bootstrapping one system from another. Many of the tools are not meant to be built in this way, and special care needs to be taken to assure that the host does not influence your final system.
Try it out sometime. It's very addicting once you've got all the power in your hands.
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