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 exactly as seen unless otherwise noted in the surrounding text. It is also used to identify references to specific commands.

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

This form of text (fixed width text) is showing screen output, probably a result from issuing a command. It is also used to show filenames such as /boot/grub/grub.conf

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/

This form of text is used for hypertext links external to the book such as HowTos, download locations, websites, etc.

SeaMonkey-2.26.1

This form of text is used for links internal to the book such as another section describing a different package.

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.

<REPLACED TEXT>

This form of text is used to encapsulate text that should be modified and is not to be typed as seen, or copy and pasted. Note that the square brackets are not part of the text, but should be substituted for as well.

root

This form of text is used to show a specific system user or group reference in the instructions.

Last updated on 2007-04-04 12:42:53 -0700