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       cdebootstrap - Bootstrap a Debian system


       cdebootstrap [OPTION]... SUITE TARGET [MIRROR]


       cdebootstrap  builds  a basic Debian system of SUITE (e.g. etch, lenny,
       sid) into TARGET using the source specified  in  MIRROR.   It  supports
       http://,   ftp://,   file://   and   ssh://   URL   and   defaults   to  The ssh:// scheme uses cat on the remote
       host  to  access  the files.  You have to setup a master connection and
       configure ssh to use it or  use  a  key  for  authentication.  No  user
       interaction    is   possible.    The   complete   log   is   saved   as
       /var/log/bootstrap.log in the new system.

       Mandatory arguments to long options are  mandatory  for  short  options

              Ignore  if  packages  can’t  be authenticated.  This ignores the
              unavailability  of   Release.gpg,   missing   keyrings,   broken
              signatures and missing gpgv executable.

       -a, --arch=ARCH
              Set the target architecture.

       -c, --configdir=DIR
              Set the config directory.

              Enable debug output.

       -d, --download-only
              Download packages, but don’t perform installation.

              Drop  packages  from  the installation list.  This only works if
              the package is pulled in explicitely,  either  via  priority  or
              explicit  definition  in  the config.  It won’t exclude packages
              which are pulled in via dependencies.

              Use second stage installer.  This does the unpack phase  of  the
              bootstraping only.  The second stage installer will be available
              as /sbin/cdebootstrap-foreign and /sbin/init.

       -f, --flavour=FLAVOUR
              Select the flavour to use (see FLAVOURS below).

       -k, --keyring=KEYRING
              Use given keyring.

       -H, --helperdir=DIR
              Set the helper directory.

              Install extra packages.

       -q, --quiet
              Be quiet.  Only warnings and errors are shown.


       -v, --verbose
              Be verbose.  All command output is shown.

       -h, --help
              Display this help and exit.

              Output version information and exit.


       Flavours available with default configuration:

       build  Installs essential, apt  and  build-essential.   Suitable
              for  sbuild  and pbuilder usage.  All rc.d operations are
              disabled by a  policy-rc.d  script  (cdebootstrap-helper-
              rc.d package).

              Installs  essential  and  apt.   All  rc.d operations are
              disabled by a  policy-rc.d  script  (cdebootstrap-helper-
              rc.d package).

              Installs required and important priority packages.