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8<sect1 id="ch-intro-how">
9  <?dbhtml filename="how.html"?>
10
11  <title>How to Build a CLFS System</title>
12
13  <para>The CLFS system will be built by using a previously installed
14  Linux distribution (such as Debian, Fedora, Mandriva, SuSE, or Ubuntu).
15  This existing Linux system (the host) will be used as a starting point to
16  provide necessary programs, including a compiler, linker, and shell,
17  to build the new system. Select the <quote>development</quote> option
18  during the distribution installation to be able to access these
19  tools.</para>
20
21  <para>As an alternative to installing an entire separate distribution
22  onto your machine, you may wish to use the Linux From Scratch LiveCD.
23  The CD works well as a host system, providing all the tools you need to
24  successfully follow the instructions in this book. Additionally, it
25  contains all the source packages, patches and a copy of this book. So
26  once you have the CD, no network connection or additional downloads are
27  necessary. For more information about the LFS LiveCD or to download a copy,
28  visit <ulink url="&livecd-root;"/></para>
29
30  <para><xref linkend="chapter-partitioning"/> of this book describes how
31  to create a new Linux native partition and file system, the place
32  where the new CLFS system will be compiled and installed. <xref
33  linkend="chapter-getting-materials"/> explains which packages and
34  patches need to be downloaded to build a CLFS system and how to store
35  them on the new file system. <xref linkend="chapter-final-preps"/>
36  discusses the setup for an appropriate working environment. Please read
37  <xref linkend="chapter-final-preps"/> carefully as it explains several
38  important issues the developer should be aware of before beginning to
39  work through <xref linkend="chapter-cross-tools"/> and
40  beyond.</para>
41
42  <para><xref linkend="chapter-cross-tools"/> explains the installation of
43  cross-compile tools which will be built on the host but be able to compile
44  programs that run on the target machine. These cross-compile tools will
45  be used to create a temporary, minimal system that will be the basis for
46  building the final CLFS system. Some of these packages are needed to resolve
47  circular dependencies&mdash;for example, to compile a compiler, you need a
48  compiler.</para>
49
50  <para>The process of building cross-compile tools first involves installing
51  building all the necessary tools to create a build system for the target
52  machine. With the Cross-Compiled tools we just created, we elminate any
53  dependencies on the toolchain from our host distro.</para>
54
55  <para>After we build our <quote>Cross-Tools</quote>, we start building
56  a very minimal working system in /tools. This effort to isolate the new
57  system from the host distribution may seem excessive, but a full technical
58  explanation is provided at the beginning of
59  <xref linkend="chapter-temp-system"/>.</para>
60
61  <para>In <xref linkend="chapter-building-system"/>, the full CLFS system is
62  built. Depending on the system you are cross-compiling for, either you will
63  boot the minimal temp-system on the target machine, or chroot into it.</para>
64
65  <para>The <command>chroot</command> (change root) program is used to enter
66  a virtual environment and start a new shell whose root directory will be set
67  to the CLFS partition. This is very similar to rebooting and instructing the
68  kernel to mount the CLFS partition as the root partition.
69  The major advantage is that <quote>chrooting</quote> allows the builder to
70  continue using the host while CLFS is being built. While waiting for package
71  compilation to complete, a user can switch to a different virtual console
72  (VC) or X desktop and continue using the computer as normal.</para>
73
74  <para>Some systems cannot be built by chrooting so they must be
75  booted instead. Generally, if you building for a different arch than
76  the host system, you must reboot because the kernel will likely not
77  support the target machine. Booting involves installing a few
78  additional packages that are needed for bootup, installing
79  bootscripts, and building a miminal kernel. We also describe some
80  alternative booting methods in <xref linkend="ch-boot-whatnext"/></para>
81
82  <para>To finish the installation, the CLFS-Bootscripts are set up in <xref
83  linkend="chapter-bootscripts"/>, and the kernel and boot loader are set
84  up in <xref linkend="chapter-bootable"/>. <xref linkend="chapter-finalizing"/>
85  contains information on furthering the CLFS experience beyond this book.
86  After the steps in this book have been implemented, the computer will be
87  ready to reboot into the new CLFS system.</para>
88
89  <para>This is the process in a nutshell. Detailed information on each
90  step is discussed in the following chapters and package descriptions.
91  Items that may seem complicated will be clarified, and everything will
92  fall into place as the reader embarks on the CLFS adventure.</para>
93
94</sect1>
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