Re: Problems removing packages with --root flag to dpkg
Bruce Perens said:
> > I'm doing some development (experimenting) with debian, and when I try the
> > following:
> > dpkg --root=/dos/linux --purge --force-remove-essential e2fsprogs
> First, it may be essential to "cd" to /dos/linux before running this.
> I've seen chroot(2) change the root without changing the current
That's true. I'll give it a try. I believe GNU chroot does not change the
> Second, anything done in a chroot context, as above, depends on all
> of the context of a Linux system being in place under /dos/linux: the
> shared libraries, the shell, etc. In this case it's not able to find
> or execute the interpreter for the postrm script, which is
> /dos/linux/bin/sh. This is going to be difficult if you just removed
> some other essential packages.
The sh and perl executables are both present, so I think it's more likely
something to do with what you said above.
> I think a few people have tried to build a system from zero using dpkg.
> That doesn't work because of the "bootstrap problem". If you have not
> done so, you should install the boot-floppies package, and examine all
> of the scripts in it. That will show you how the base system is created
> and how you can modify the process.
Actually, I untar'red the base system to /dos/linux, and I'm just trying to
remove a few unnecessary packages which aren't needed in an extremely stripped
down system running from umsdos.
Thanks for the help.
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