If you encounter a problem while using this book, and your problem is not listed in the FAQ (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/faq), you will find that most of the people on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and on the mailing lists are willing to help you. An overview of the LFS mailing lists can be found in Mailing lists. To assist us in diagnosing and solving your problem, include as much relevant information as possible in your request for help.
Before asking for help, you should review the following items:
Is the hardware support compiled into the kernel or available
as a module to the kernel? If it is a module, is it
configured properly in
modprobe.conf and has it been loaded? You
should use lsmod as the
root user to see if it's loaded. Check
sys.log file or run
to review any error message. If it loads properly, you may
need to add the modprobe command to your
Are your permissions properly set, especially for devices?
LFS uses groups to make these settings easier, but it also
adds the step of adding users to groups to allow access. A
simple usermod -G audio
may be all that's necessary for that user to have access to
the sound system. Any question that starts out with
“It works as root, but not as
...” requires a thorough review of permissions
prior to asking.
BLFS liberally uses
main objection to this centers around the need to expand your
environment variables for each package placed there (e.g.,
PATH=$PATH:/opt/kde/bin). In most cases, the package
instructions will walk you through the changes, but some will
not. The section called “Going
Beyond BLFS” is available to help you check.
Apart from a brief explanation of the problem you're having, the essential things to include in your request are:
the version of the book you are using (being 7.4),
the package or section giving you problems,
the exact error message or symptom you are receiving,
whether you have deviated from the book or LFS at all,
if you are installing a BLFS package on a non-LFS system.
(Note that saying that you've deviated from the book doesn't mean that we won't help you. It'll just help us to see other possible causes of your problem.)
Expect guidance instead of specific instructions. If you are instructed to read something, please do so. It generally implies that the answer was way too obvious and that the question would not have been asked if a little research was done prior to asking. The volunteers in the mailing list prefer not to be used as an alternative to doing reasonable research on your end. In addition, the quality of your experience with BLFS is also greatly enhanced by this research, and the quality of volunteers is enhanced because they don't feel that their time has been abused, so they are far more likely to participate.
An excellent article on asking for help on the Internet in general has been written by Eric S. Raymond. It is available online at http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html. Read and follow the hints in that document and you are much more likely to get a response to start with and also to get the help you actually need.
Last updated on 2009-09-24 22:43:37 -0700