Bootstrap a basic Debian system

debootstrap is used to create a Debian base system from scratch, without requiring the availability of dpkg or apt. It does this by downloading .deb files from a mirror site, and carefully unpacking them into a directory which can eventually be chrooted into.

Related packages: debootstrap-udeb

Maintainer information

This software package is maintained for (Neuro)Debian by the follow individuals and/or groups:

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Debian Install System Team
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Anthony Towns
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Joey Hess
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Frans Pop
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Junichi Uekawa
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Colin Watson

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Package availability chart
Distribution Base version Our version Architectures
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze) 1.0.26+squeeze1 1.0.26+squeeze1+nd2 i386, amd64, sparc
Debian GNU/Linux 7.0 (wheezy) 1.0.48+deb7u2    
Debian GNU/Linux 8.0 (jessie) 1.0.67    
Debian testing (stretch) 1.0.72    
Debian unstable (sid) 1.0.72    
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx” (lucid) 1.0.20ubuntu1    
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” (precise) 1.0.39    
Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” (trusty) 1.0.59    
Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” (utopic) 1.0.64    
Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” (vivid) 1.0.67    
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