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1<sect1 id="intro-important-beyond">
2<?dbhtml filename="beyond.html" dir="introduction"?>
3<title>Going Beyond BLFS</title>
4
5<para>The packages that are installed in this book are only the tip of the
6iceberg. We hope that the experience you gained with the LFS book and the BLFS
7book will give you the background needed to compile, install and configure
8packages that are not included in this book.</para>
9
10<para>If you are in search of a package that is not in the book, the following
11are different ways you can search for the concerned package.</para>
12
13<itemizedlist>
14
15<listitem><para>If you know the name of the package, then search FreshMeat for
16the package at <ulink url="http://freshmeat.net/"/>. Also search Google at
17<ulink url="http://google.com/"/>. Sometimes a search for the rpm at
18<ulink url="http://rpmfind.net/"/> or the deb at
19<ulink url="http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages#search_packages"/> can also
20lead to the website for the package.</para></listitem>
21
22<listitem><para>If you know the name of the executable, but not the package that
23the executable belongs to, first try a google
24search with the name of the executable. If the results are overwhelming, try
25searching for the given executable in the debian repository at
26<ulink url="http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages#search_contents"/>.
27</para></listitem>
28
29</itemizedlist>
30
31<para>Some general hints on handling new packages:</para>
32
33<itemizedlist>
34
35<listitem><para>Many of the newer packages follow the <command>./configure
36&amp;&amp; make &amp;&amp; make install</command> routine. Help of the
37options accepted by configure can be obtained via the command
38<command>./configure --help</command>.</para></listitem>
39
40<listitem><para>Most of the packages contain documentation on compiling and
41installing the package. Some of the documents are excellent, some not so
42excellent. Check out the homepage of the package for any additional and updated
43hints for compiling and configuring the package.</para></listitem>
44
45<listitem><para>If you are having a problem compiling the package, try
46searching the lfs archives at <ulink url="http://search.linuxfromscratch.org/"/>
47for the error or if that fails try searching google. If everything else fails,
48try the blfs support mailing-list/news-server.</para></listitem>
49
50</itemizedlist>
51
52<tip><para>If you have found a package that is only available in .deb or .rpm format,
53there is are two small scripts rpm2targz and deb2targz that are available at
54<ulink url="http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/~tushar/downloads/"/> to convert
55the archives into a simple tar.gz format.</para></tip>
56
57</sect1>
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