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The debootstrap package page is [http://packages.debian.org/debootstrap here] The debootstrap package page is DebPkg:debootstrap

Debootstrap is a tool which will install a Debian base system into a subdirectory of another, already installed system. It doesn't require an install cd, just access to a Debian Repository. It can also be installed and run from another os, so, for instance, you can use debootstrap to install debian onto an unused partition from a running Gentoo install.

If you are interested in setting up a ["chroot"] for building Debian packages, look at ["PBuilder"].

The debootstrap package page is debootstrap

Since DebianTesting and DebianUnstable change rapidly, if you are going to attempt to install DebianTesting or DebianUnstable, it is recommended that you download the latest version of debootstrap from the package page above and use that. Normally it would not be wise to install a package from unstable onto stable, but in this case it's safe, since debootstrap is really just a shell script and its dependencies are minimal.


(from the debootstrap manpage)

       To setup a sarge system:

       # debootstrap sarge ./sarge-chroot http://ftp.debian.org/debian

       # debootstrap sarge ./sarge-chroot file:///PATH_TO_LOCAL_MIRROR/debian

       Full process to create a complete Debian installation of sid (unstable):

            main # cd / ; mkdir /sid-root
            main # debootstrap sid /sid-root http://ftp.debian.org/debian/
            [ ... watch it download the whole system ]
            main # echo "proc /sid-root/proc proc none 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
            main # mount proc /sid-root/proc -t proc
            main # cp /etc/hosts /sid-root/etc/hosts
            main # chroot /sid-root /bin/bash
            chroot # dselect
            [ you may use aptitude, install mc and vim ... ]
             main # echo "8:23:respawn:/usr/sbin/chroot /sid-root " \
                    "/sbin/getty 38400 tty8"  >> /etc/inittab
            [ define a login tty that will use this system ]
             main # init q
            [ reload init ]