Fr 18. Sep 15:50:44 CEST 2009

Bootstrapping Fedora to directories

Currently there is some discussion on debian planet about installing Centos/Fedora to an directory under debian.
As mentioned in the comments and another blog entry there exist several other simpler solutions.

febootstrap allows you to install centos/fedora really easily just like deboostrap.
Example to install centos in directory c5:

# febootstrap centos-5 c5
# .....
# chroot c5 cat /etc/redhat-release   
# CentOS release 5.3 (Final)

mach is another more generic way to bootstrap rpm based distributions to a directory. For an overview of the features just have a look at the README Example to install centos:

$ mach -r centos-5-i386-os setup base 

If you just want to install Fedora/Centos into some directory use febootstrap as it is quite simple and does the job.
But if you want to rebuild rpms or bootstrap any other rpm based distribution like SuSE, Yellowdog use mach

Posted by Ulrich Dangel | Permanent Link | Categories: Shell stuff