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Re: DEBOOTSTRAP or GRML-DEBOOTSTRAP more suitable?




On 04/15/2018 12:43 PM, Brian wrote:
On Sun 15 Apr 2018 at 08:55:45 -0500, Richard Owlett wrote:

I wish to do an _*EXTREMELY*_ minimalist install of Debian to a USB flash
drive (aka /dev/sdb1) assuming use as a MBR device.

I currently use the i386 flavor of Stretch.
My hardware allows choosing to boot from a flash drive.

I suspect that if using deboostrap the closest I can come is using
"--variant=minbase" which apparently installs apt. My definition of
"minimalist" would prefer not to.

I decided to answer this post without equating "idiosyncratic" with
"bonkers".

ROFL <*GRIN*>
"bonkers" implies "not of sound mind.
"idiosyncratic" explicitly states my assumption that no-one else may have _exactly_ my goals


apt is Priority: important. Try removing it from any Debian system.
For installing, your definition of "minimalist" is of no importance
or consequence.

To you, likely <chuckle>.
BTW, you just reminded me that apt has a "purge" command.
If  DEBOOTSTRAP / GRML-DEBOOTSTRAP installs "cruft", that could be useful.
Might even attempt using apt to remove itself ;/

Suggested reading:
https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/ch-pkg_basics.en supports my contention that only "Priority: Required" packages are absolutely necessary.

It states (in part):
Systems with only the Required packages are probably unusable, but they
do have enough functionality to allow the sysadmin to boot
and install more software.

<chuckle>


For my definitely idiosyncratic purposes *absolutely NOTHING* but grub
related tools will _ever_ be run from this device.

What are the trade-offs of choosing between debootstrap and grml-debootstap?
I understand that either way I have some reading to do ;/

Does this relate to your suspicions? Or, is it an unrelated question?


It *IS* the question.
Is there a difference in capability between DEBOOTSTRAP and GRML-DEBOOTSTRAP? Or is it *ONLY* a difference of perceived convenience which will differ between individuals and/or projects?