7.12. Util-linux-2.39.3

The Util-linux package contains miscellaneous utility programs.

Approximate build time: 0.2 SBU
Required disk space: 172 MB

7.12.1. Installation of Util-linux

The FHS recommends using the /var/lib/hwclock directory instead of the usual /etc directory as the location for the adjtime file. Create this directory with:

mkdir -pv /var/lib/hwclock

Prepare Util-linux for compilation:

./configure --libdir=/usr/lib    \
            --runstatedir=/run   \
            --disable-chfn-chsh  \
            --disable-login      \
            --disable-nologin    \
            --disable-su         \
            --disable-setpriv    \
            --disable-runuser    \
            --disable-pylibmount \
            --disable-static     \
            --without-python     \
            ADJTIME_PATH=/var/lib/hwclock/adjtime \

The meaning of the configure options:


This sets the location of the file recording information about the hardware clock in accordance to the FHS. This is not strictly needed for this temporary tool, but it prevents creating a file at another location, which would not be overwritten or removed when building the final util-linux package.


This switch ensures the .so symlinks targeting the shared library file in the same directory (/usr/lib) directly.


These switches prevent warnings about building components that require packages not in LFS or not installed yet.


This switch disables using Python. It avoids trying to build unneeded bindings.


This switch sets the location of the socket used by uuidd and libuuid correctly.

Compile the package:


Install the package:

make install

Details on this package are located in Section 8.79.2, “Contents of Util-linux.”