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Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 11:08:49 +0200
From: bruno <>
Subject: Introduction and some (little) problems (already solved :P )


My name is Bruno, and I got information about this distro thanks to And I liked the idea, so I started installing it in a VM
(to check if I could do the same to bare metal). Yes, I know I could have
used an image, use the staged stuff or whatever... But the idea was
starting from scratch.

My first problem was finding a suitable live-cd-dvd-usb-something with a
somehow useful gcc version able to compile a stage0. Finally I'm using
knoppix DVD, because of:

a) It's the only one I found with a usable git, gcc, and some more stuff
(screen, sshd),
b) it's got i686 and x86_64 kernels/libs and
c) starting it with "knoppix 2" or "knoppix64 2" in single user mode is
fast enough

My second problem: the "butch install core" part didn't work, because of
libressl. The errors (sorry, I didn't keep the logs) were a bunch of
undefined references to stuff, like this

undefined reference to `__stack_chk_fail_local'

I know, this is a well known problem with " -fstack-protection-all " option
and linking to the SSP library. So, even if there is a patch for that in
gcc474, I had to add -lssp_nonshared to CFLAGS in the pkg file. After that
it worked

CFLAGS="-lssp_nonshared $optcflags"

I also had a little problem with git installation, the LDFLAGS there should
be set to:

LDFLAGS="$optldflags -static-libgcc"

BTW, I changed the package file to install git 2.4.0, is there anybody
interested in "new packages" ? I normally use arch linux, and I love AUR,
but I also know it requires resources, a community and lots of effort.

Finally, the default kernel configuration is not that cool when it comes
about having a filesystem in ext4. It looks like a normal mkfs.ext4 sets
the option huge_files to the filesystem, and that needs the option "Enable
the block layer ---> Support for large (2TB+) block devices and files"
activated in the kernel. I read something about that here:

So I had to boot again chrooting from knoppix and execute that

tune2fs -O ^huge_file /dev/sda2; fsck /dev/sda2

And after that everything booted OK. If you are reading this and you think
this message was sort of "a noob saying s*it", I'm sorry, but since a
gentoo from stage 0 and an LFS (following the guide step by step),
installing a distribution from scratch is something I'm not doing every day.

Thank you !!!

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