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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 (0.3.24-6) unstable; urgency=high * use the stable release in the default rootstrap.conf -- Mattia Dongili <email@example.com> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 19:05:37 +0900 rootstrap (0.3.24-5) unstable; urgency=low * use Lenny as a default release in the default rootstrap.conf -- Mattia Dongili <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sat, 26 Jul 2008 12:15:44 +0900 rootstrap (0.3.24-4) unstable; urgenc more»
This package was debianized by Matt Zimmerman <email@example.com> on Tue, 29 Jan 2002 03:58:56 -0500. It has no distribution site of its own. Upstream Author: Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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»