Conventions Used In This Book

To make things easy to follow, there are a number of conventions used throughout the book. Following are some examples:

./configure --prefix=/usr

This form of text is designed to be typed in exactly as seen unless otherwise noted in the surrounding text.

install-info: unknown option `--dir-file=/mnt/lfs/usr/info/dir'

This form of text (fixed width text) is showing screen output, probably as the result of commands issued and is also used to show filenames such as ~/.nALFSrc

Emphasis

This form of text is used for several purposes in the book but mainly to emphasize important points or to give examples as to what to type.

http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/alfs

This form of text is used for hyperlinks, both within the book and to external pages such as HowTo's, download locations, websites, etc.

cat > $LFS/etc/group << "EOF">
        root:x:0:
        bin:x:1:
        ......
EOF

This type of section is used mainly when creating configuration files. The first command (in bold) tells the system to create the file $LFS/etc/group from whatever is typed on the following lines until the sequence EOF is encountered. Therefore, this whole section is generally typed as seen.