[Grml] grml-debootstrap misc questions

Michael Prokop mika at grml.org
Tue Sep 2 23:36:30 CEST 2008

* T o n g <mlist4suntong at yahoo.com> [20080902 23:09]:

> Several misc questions regarding grml-debootstrap...

> - Does debootstrap download packages? If yes, where does it place
> downloaded packages?

Yes, they are located in /var/cache/apt/archives of the target

> - Since grml-debootstrap also install packages defined in
> /etc/debootstrap/packages into the chroot system, is it a good idea to
> bind mount /var/cache/apt/archives into the chroot system as well, so as
> to save the downloading and cleaning up?

I'm not sure about that, I've to check this out in reallife usage. :)
But if you have any patches or implementation details it would be
great if you could share them with us.

Added to our BTS to make sure it won't get lost:


> - furthermore, I think over 99% people would have same apt/sources.list and
> apt/preferences in host and chroot system. If so, would it be a good idea
> for the same bind-mount option bind mount /etc/apt/sources.list &
> /etc/apt/preferences into the chroot system as well? 

No, that's a bit dangerous as a default IMO (because there might be
just too many problematic situations when booting a grml based on
unstable and installing a Debian/stable system).

But you can use /etc/debootstrap/etc/.... to copy files from the
source to the target system, check out the grml-debootstrap manpage.

Disclaimer: I'm aware of the fact that the documentation isn't yet
ready and does not provide all the glory details. I'm working on
that and highly appreciate any help.

> - is it a good idea to pre-seed package configurations with 

>  dpkg --set-selections

Of course you can do that, nice idea! I'll try to provide a feature
like FAI does so you can configure and use it with mainline
grml-debootstrap out-of-the-box. I added it to our BTS as well:


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