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It uses a modular set of shell scripts to create the filesystem image, install a base system, and customize it for a particular application. Currently, it only builds Debian systems, but the architecture is such that other base systems could be used instead.
Use of rootstrap does not require root access, or special privileges of any kind. This is because it builds the filesystem inside a User-mode Linux system running under an unprivileged uid.
Filesystem creation with rootstrap is quick and painless. With a local mirror and a single command, a fresh Debian filesystem can be created in about 3 minutes on relatively modest hardware.
rootstrap(1) rootstrap(1) NAME rootstrap — Construct a root filesystem image in a file SYNOPSIS rootstrap [options ...] imagefile DESCRIPTION rootstrap is a tool for creating root filesystem images. It was written primarily for use with User-Mode Linux, but may be useful for other purposes as well. B more»
rootstrap (0.3.25-1) unstable; urgency=low * Remove MAKEDEV calls as they are no-ops and udev should be used. * Switch to dpkg-source 3.0 (quilt) format * Fix all Linitian warnings: - debhelper-but-no-misc-depends rootstrap - debian-rules-missing-recommended-target build-arch - debian-rules-missing-recommended-target build-indep - ancient-standards-version 3.7.3 (current is more»
This package was debianized by Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Tue, 29 Jan 2002 03:58:56 -0500. It has no distribution site of its own. Upstream Author: Matt Zimmerman <email@example.com> Copyright: rootstrap Copyright (C) 2002 Matt Zimmerman This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published more»