BCCD chroot Creation

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Prebuilt chroots are available from http://bccd.cs.uni.edu/~tmcnulty/chroots/

These instructions show how to setup a Debian chroot environment for building the Bootable Cluster CD (BCCD):

1. Start as root. Download debootstrap from http://packages.debian.org/stable/admin/debootstrap.html:

# on x86:
wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/d/debootstrap/debootstrap_0.2.45-0.2_i386.deb
# on ppc:
wget http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/d/debootstrap/debootstrap_0.2.45-0.2_powerpc.deb

2. Unarchive and install debootstrap:

ar x debootstrap*.deb
tar xzf data.tar.gz -C /

3. Get it running:

debootstrap [potato|woody|sarge] /path/to/chroot

4. Wait awhile. Once it's complete, enter the chroot:

chroot /path/to/chroot /bin/bash

5. Get apt ready for action:

cat > /etc/apt/sources.list << EOF
deb http://debian.osuosl.org/debian/ sarge main
deb-src http://debian.osuosl.org/debian/ sarge main
deb http://security.debian.org/ sarge/updates main
apt-get update

6. Fetch the package list and start the installation:

wget -q http://cluster.earlham.edu/~tobias/bccd-chroot-selections -O - | dpkg --set-selections
apt-get dselect-upgrade # this will take a long time
apt-get clean # clean out the downloaded .dpkgs

7. Add symlinks that the BCCD build process depends on:

ln -s /usr/bin/g77 /bin/g77
ln -s /usr/lib/libfreetype.la /lib/libfreetype.la

8. Add the BCCD user:

useradd -m bccd

9. Check out the BCCD sources from CVS:

su - bccd
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@bccd.cs.uni.edu:/ login
# [hit return when prompted for a password]
cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@bccd.cs.uni.edu:/ co -D"2005/08/30" bccd

10. If you want to publish the chroot, exit and tar it up:

umount /proc
cd /path/to/chroot/..
tar cjf bccd-chroot.tar.bz2 bccd-chroot

11. Now, you can build your own copy of the BCCD.

Comments or questions? Contact Toby.