The Inetutils package contains programs for basic networking.
Inetutils has issues with the Linux 2.6 kernel series. Fix these issues by applying the following patch:
patch -Np1 -i ../inetutils-1.4.2-kernel_headers-1.patch
All programs that come with Inetutils will not be installed. However, the Inetutils build system will insist on installing all the man pages anyway. The following patch will correct this situation:
patch -Np1 -i ../inetutils-1.4.2-no_server_man_pages-1.patch
Prepare Inetutils for compilation:
./configure --prefix=/usr --libexecdir=/usr/sbin \ --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var \ --disable-logger --disable-syslogd \ --disable-whois --disable-servers
The meaning of the configure options:
This option prevents Inetutils from installing the logger program, which is used by scripts to pass messages to the System Log Daemon. Do not install it because Util-linux installs a better version later.
This option prevents Inetutils from installing the System Log Daemon, which is installed with the Sysklogd package.
This option disables the building of the Inetutils whois client, which is out of date. Instructions for a better whois client are in the BLFS book.
This disables the installation of the various network servers included as part of the Inetutils package. These servers are deemed not appropriate in a basic LFS system. Some are insecure by nature and are only considered safe on trusted networks. More information can be found at http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/basicnet/inetutils.html. Note that better replacements are available for many of these servers.
Compile the package:
Install the package:
Move the ping program to its FHS-compliant place:
mv -v /usr/bin/ping /bin
Is the file transfer protocol program
Sends echo-request packets and reports how long the replies take
Performs remote file copy
Performs remote login
Runs a remote shell
Is used to chat with another user
An interface to the TELNET protocol
A trivial file transfer program