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Installing a Debian chroot on Android
This is an account of installing vanilla full-fat Debian squeeze in a chroot on Android.
This was tested on a Vodafone 845 ( a re-branded HuaWei u8120 / Joy / Ascend).
First, the phone was rooted by side-loading z4root
CyanogenMod 7.2.0-RC0 22b was flashed. This might not be necessary though
Set CPU to 710 MHz with the performance governor. YMMV
- Side-loaded SSHDroid
- The SD card was formatted with the MBR scheme and a single ext3 partition was created. 15 sectors were left over
Then, on a workstation ( any architecture), insert the uSD card, and:
sudo debootstrap --arch=armel --variant=minbase --foreign squeeze /media/PHONE\ CARD/squeeze http://mirror.local:9999/debian
Then remove the uSD card and replace it in the phone, start SSHDroid and SSH to the phone, then:
mount -o remount,exec,dev /mnt/sdcard/ chroot /mnt/sdcard/squeeze/ /bin/bash debootstrap/debootstrap --second-stage