using mock like debootstrap

Anders Karlsson anders at
Tue Jul 29 19:40:40 UTC 2008

* Christoph Höger <choeger at> [20080729 20:55]:
> Hi,
> for a deployment of virtual machines I need a complete root tree.
> To get it I use mock --init --root=fedora-9-i386 (or any other release)
> That works a little like debootstrap.
> But what do I need to get my machine _really_ working (I already
> installed yum, sshd and some tools)? 
> For example I am missing /etc/shadow and cannot use passwd to set up a
> root password.
> So is there some kind of base packages list?

You can also do this:

# mkdir /mnt/test
# yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=fedora --disableplugins=* \
  --installroot=/mnt/test groupinstall Base

- this will fail -

# cp -a /var/cache/yum/fedora /mnt/test/var/cache/yum/
# yum --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=fedora --disableplugins=* \
  --installroot=/mnt/test groupinstall Base

and you have a small jail with a good start. Once you have the jail
with the package-set you like, tar it up for quick creation of new
jails later. :)

I think this is the closest thing to an equivalent of "debootstrap" in



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