Chapter 10. The End

The End

Well done! You have finished installing your LFS system. It may have been a long process but it was well worth it. We wish you a lot of fun with your new shiny custom built Linux system.

Now would be a good time to strip all debug symbols from the binaries on your LFS system. If you are not a programmer and don't plan on debugging your software, then you will be happy to know that you can reclaim a few tens of megs by removing debug symbols. This process causes no inconvenience other than not being able to debug the software fully anymore, which is not an issue if you don't know how to debug. You can remove the symbols by executing the following command:

Disclaimer: 98% of the people who use the command mentioned below don't experience any problems. But do make a backup of your LFS system before you run this command. There's a slight chance it may backfire on you and render your system unusable (mostly by destroying your kernel modules and dynamic & shared libraries).

Having that said, the --strip-debug option to strip is quite harmless under normal circumstances. It doesn't strip anything vital from the files. It also is quite safe to use --strip-all on regular programs (don't use that on libraries - they will be destroyed) but it's not as safe and the space you gain is not all that much. But if you're tight on disk space every little bit helps, so decide yourself. Please refer to the strip man page for other strip options you can use. The general idea is to not run strip on libraries (other than --strip-debug) just to be on the safe side.

find / -type f -exec strip --strip-debug '{}' ';'

If you plan to ever upgrade to a newer LFS version in the future it will be a good idea to create the /etc/lfs-3.0-pre4 file. By having this file it is very easy for you (and for us if you are going to ask for help with something at some point) to find out which LFS version you have installed on your system. This can just be a null-byte file by running:

touch /etc/lfs-3.0-pre4

If you are wondering: "Well, where to go now?" you'll be glad to hear that someone has written an LFS-Hint on that subject. On a same note, if you are not only newbie to LFS, but also newbie to Linux in general, you may find the newbie hint very interesting.

Don't forget there are several LFS mailinglists you can subscribe to if you are in need of help, advice, etc. See Chapter 1 - Mailinglists for more information.

Again, we thank you for using the LFS Book and hope you found this book useful and worth your time.