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Re: Replacing systemd in Jessie

On Tue 02 Dec 2014 at 18:37:04 -0500, Miles Fidelman wrote:

> Brian wrote:
> >On Tue 02 Dec 2014 at 16:52:46 -0500, Miles Fidelman wrote:
> >
> >>Brian wrote:
> >>>On Wed 03 Dec 2014 at 02:27:26 +1100, Scott Ferguson wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>>Do you have a citation for this?
> >>>>I'm glad you asked.
> >>>>No - I "presumed" that amongst the "lots" of experts so opposed to the
> >>>>late-command option, at least one of them would apply Kenshi's patch
> >>>>(which apparently works) to d-i. Was my mistake an assumption that any
> >>>>of them would do more than demand? (have any of them even, including
> >>>>one of the noisier posters on this list who commented in that thread,
> >>>>done any of the bug-tested he widely requested?)
> >>>You do us a service by raising this.
> >>>
> >>>We are lead to believe there is a huge number of people who want to
> >>>preseed d-i to have a "clean install". Not one person on -user or -devel
> >>>has indicated any success with using the patch or given any detail which
> >>>would allow anyone to follow in their footsteps and test it.
> >>>
> >>>Why not? Is it so difficult? Is it beyond the capabilities of a user
> >>>with technical skills? Looks like half an hour's work to me. Those who
> >>>have a vested interest in the issue seem reluctant to turn "apparently
> >>>works" into "does work" or "does not work".
> >>>
> >>>Until we get some testing and substantial feedback, using this patch to
> >>>beat the anti-systemd drum should be seen as noise.
> >>>
> >>Well, actually, it does involve a little more than downloading
> >>debootstrap, applying the patch, and compiling.  One has to build a
> >>custom copy of d-i to actually make use of it.  That's  bit of a
> >>complicated procedure.
> >Why does debootstrap have to be downloaded and a custom copy of d-i
> >built? Suppose the patch were applied to debootstrap in a running d-i.
> >Why wouldn't that be sufficient for testing?
> >
> >That's a straightforward technical question, incidentally.
> Also a straightforward technical question:  How would one actually do that?

I think I asked my question first. :)

> It looks to me like d-i starts up, then pulls in debootstrap and
> starts it running.  I've spent a little bit of time looking at how

Debootstrap only runs when the base system is installed. I assume it
runs whatever is in /usr/sbin and /usr/share/debootstrap. Now - what
happens if you alter these files before installing the base system?

> d-i figures out where to look for debootstrap, and got to the point
> of concluding that I either had to put the patched debootstrap in
> the repo (not going to happen) or build a customized d-i that looks
> for the patched debootstrap somewhere else.  That's the point at
> which I decided that, not being much of a c coder, I really didn't
> want to mess with things.
> If you have a straightforward suggestion, please....

Debootstrap is mainly a bunch of scripts. The patch is applied to the

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