Installing from scratch...

Installing from scratch...

Post by James Dingwa » Tue, 02 Feb 1999 04:00:00


I'm wanting to attempt something rather silly; I want to install Linux
without using a distribution - ie compile and setup eveything myself.  My
reasons for doing this are partly that I want to move to glibc2 and also
go to egcs from gcc among other things, I also want to gain experience in
this area.  I have one Linux box based on Slackware 2.3 but significantly
altered, and another which just has ~2Gb partitioned for ext2.  All the
pointers that I can find are for installing redhat/suse/slackware etc.

My best thoughts on this topic at them moment are that I need to compile
glibc2, compile a cross-compiler for glibc2, compile a compiler for glibc2
with the cross compiler, install the basics as static bins eg fileutils, a
shell init and go from there.  Is this about right?


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1. downloading X and installing from scratch

For some reason none of the function keys or alt keys work on my newly
installed X system.  I'd like to start from scratch by downloading the
latest X system and setting it up anew.  I have a brand new slackware
distribution and a brand new HDD, so I think it's easier for me to
install anew instead of trying to find the problem....I have no idea
what the probably is with the keys, if anyone can point me in the
right direction I might be able to fix it but since I have a newly
installed system I'm thinking I'm better off starting from scratch.



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