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       sbuild-setup - sbuild setup procedure


       sbuild  uses  chroots  to build packages within, to provide a minimal and consistent build
       environment.  This man page describes the procedure to  create  a  chroot  by  hand  using
       debootstrap.  These are only guidelines; depending upon the setup required, several of the
       steps may be omitted entirely.


       Simply running sbuild-createchroot will perform all the setup steps  described  in  detail
       below.  See the section “sbuild-createchroot” below, as well as sbuild-createchroot(1).


       This guide sets up a lenny chroot on a powerpc machine.  Adjust the names for other suites
       and architectures.

   1. Run debootstrap to create the chroot
       # mkdir -p /srv/chroot/lenny

       The author has each chroot as a separate LVM logical volume (LV).  Create and mount an  LV
       here if required:

       # lvcreate -L 4G -n lenny_chroot -Z y volume-group

       Add  to  /etc/fstab  and  mount  (see  next section for full fstab example).  Finally, run
       debootstrap to create the chroot:

       # debootstrap --variant=buildd lenny /srv/chroot/lenny

   2. Set up additional mounts
       An example /etc/fstab:

       /dev/volume-group/lenny_chroot \
                      /srv/chroot/lenny               ext3    defaults   0   2
       /dev/pts       /srv/chroot/lenny/dev/pts       none    rw,bind    0   0
       tmpfs          /srv/chroot/lenny/dev/shm       tmpfs   defaults   0   0
       proc           /srv/chroot/lenny/proc          proc    defaults   0   0
       /dev/volume-group/home \
                      /srv/chroot/lenny/home          ext3    quota      0   0
       /tmp           /srv/chroot/lenny/tmp           none    rw,bind    0   0
       /etc/passwd    /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/passwd    none    ro,bind    0   0
       /etc/shadow    /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/shadow    none    ro,bind    0   0
       /etc/group     /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/group     none    ro,bind    0   0
       /etc/gshadow   /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/gshadow   none    ro,bind    0   0
       /etc/resolv.conf \
                      /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/resolv.conf \
                                                      none    ro,bind    0   0

       If the bind mountpoints don't exist in the chroot, touch them:

       # touch /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/resolv.conf

       Next, mount them all.

       Depending on your kernel version and security considerations, you may wish to do this part
       slightly  differently.   With  a  Linux  kernel, at least version 2.6 is required for bind
       mounts, and devpts (CONFIG_UNIX98_PTYS) for /dev/pts.  Other guides recommend copying  the
       files, but this method keeps them up-to-date at no cost.

       If  using  sbuild  with  schroot,  passwd,  shadow,  group, gshadow and resolv.conf can be
       updated automatically at the start of each build, so no action is required here.   schroot
       can  also automatically mount all of the extra filesystems, so all the other mounts may be

       To disable networking, don't bind mount /etc/resolv.conf.   This  will  prevent  APT  from
       working  inside  the  chroot,  but  prevents  package building from having working network
       access (no nameservers).

   3. Edit sources.list
       Create or  edit  /srv/chroot/lenny/etc/apt/sources.list,  and  add  all  the  APT  sources
       required to obtain binary and source packages for your chosen distribution:

       deb lenny/updates main
       deb-src lenny/updates main

       deb lenny main
       deb-src lenny main

   4. Configure dchroot or schroot
       This  is  entirely  optional,  but  will  make the chroot environment easier to access and

       For dchroot, add the following line to /etc/dchroot.conf:

       lenny /srv/chroot/lenny

       For   schroot,   add   a   group   to   /etc/schroot/schroot.conf   (or   a    new    file
       /etc/schroot/chroot.d/lenny), for example:

       description=Debian lenny (stable)

       For sudo, add a symbolic link to the directory /etc/sbuild/chroot, for example:

       # mkdir -p /etc/sbuild/chroot
       # ln -s /srv/chroot/lenny /etc/sbuild/chroot/lenny

   5. Log into chroot
       # dchroot -c lenny


       $ schroot -c lenny -u root

   6. Set up packages for sbuild
       While running as root inside the chroot:

       # apt-get update
       # apt-get dist-upgrade
       # apt-get install debconf
       # dpkg-reconfigure -plow debconf

       Answer the debconf questions as follows:

              choose 6/Noninteractive

              choose 1/Critical

       You  only  need  to  run  dpkg-reconfigure  if  you weren't asked the questions during the
       debconf install.  Next, install the packages required for building packages:

       # apt-get install debfoster fakeroot build-essential
       # apt-get install makedev
       # cd /dev/
       # /sbin/MAKEDEV generic
       # touch /etc/mtab

       For some security, we don't bind mount /dev, so it can't access e.g. USB devices

   7. sbuild setup
       While running as root inside the chroot:

       # mkdir /build
       # chown root:sbuild /build
       # chmod 02775 /build
       # mkdir -p /var/lib/sbuild/srcdep-lock
       # chown -R root:sbuild /var/lib/sbuild
       # chmod -R 02775 /var/lib/sbuild

       Note that when using sbuild with schroot, this setup is done at the start of  each  build,
       so is not required here.

   8. Finished
       Congratulations!  You should now have a fully configured and operational chroot.


       This script will automatically perform a number of the steps described above, including:

       ·      Running debootstrap.

       ·      Setting up APT sources in /etc/apt/sources.list.

       ·      Setting up a minimal /etc/passwd

       ·      Setting up /build and /var/lib/sbuild with appropriate ownership and permissions.

       After it has done this, you do still need to do some manual setup, completing the steps it
       missed out above, for example.


   1. Group membership
       As root, run:

       # sbuild-adduser user

       Alternatively, add the user to the sbuild group by hand:

       # adduser user sbuild

   2. ~/.sbuildrc
       Configure the user's ~/.sbuildrc:

       $ cp /usr/share/doc/sbuild/examples/example.sbuildrc ~user/.sbuildrc

       Edit to set the correct mail address to send log files to, and the correct maintainer name
       and/or uploader name.

   3. Build directories
       Create  directories  to  contain  packages  and log files.  (.sbuildrc may have configured
       different locations; the default build directory is the current directory, and the default
       $log_dir is ~/logs):

       $ mkdir ~/logs

   4. sudo setup
       This  step not required if schroot is used (which is the default, set in sbuild.conf).  If
       using sbuild with sudo (chroot_mode “split”), sudo needs  configuring  to  give  the  user
       permission  to  install and remove packages in the chroot, which requires root priveleges.
       Add the following lines to /etc/sudoers:

       username  ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL
       Defaults:username env_keep+="APT_CONFIG DEBIAN_FRONTEND SHELL"

       where username is the name of the user who will run sbuild.

   5. Finished
       The user should now be able to run sbuild.

       $ sbuild ...


       Roger Leigh.


       Copyright © 2005-2008  Roger Leigh <>

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of
       the  GNU  General  Public  License  as  published  by the Free Software Foundation; either
       version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.


       debootstrap(1), sbuild(1), sbuild-adduser(1), sbuild-createchroot(1).