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Re: base*.tgz is gone, and why it's gone

Ben Collins <bcollins@debian.org> writes:

> On Fri, Jun 15, 2001 at 05:09:33PM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> > The base tarball is *very* useful for NFS root booting other
> > architectures which I do alot, particularly when the NFS serving box is
> > not a debian box. It is very nice to be able to say 'fetch this tar,
> > unpack it, setup NFS and boot this kernel'.
> > 
> > I'm not sure how you can automate that process without haxoring the .debs
> > since they can't really have their post insts run. It would be nice if
> > there is possible solution, particularly if said solution could run on
> > non-Debian unix's..
> Maybe debootstrap could be hacked to support this? I'm not sure how you
> would create a fully installed system in a chroot on a different arch
> though.

Honestly, the best approach here is to hack debootstrap, say, with a
special arg, so that instead of building base, it constructs enough of
a local mirror so that you could install base.  Of course, the
packages in base are going to vary from arch to arch, and most of the
packages are arch-dependant....

Anyhow, assuming you had a subset of a debian archive, enough to get
base, and you can get that via http, nfs, or ftp, if you had that, why
is that less convenient to install from the actual packages rather
than from a big fat tarball?

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onshore.com.....<URL:http://www.onshored.com/>

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