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    ‘Virtual’ Debian
    Submitted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 20, 2002 – 16:09
    DebianI’m responsible for maintaining a set of software required for our product (more software) to run. This set includes the basic GNU stuff such as bash, fileutils, gcc, etc (basically everything except glibc and kernel). In effect, I have a “virtual” GNU system installed. I’d like to use dpkg to manage this, as it’s getting rather large.

    Do you have any advice on how to build Debian in a subdir of another os (in this case, solaris)? Has anyone had to manage this type of setup?

    What I’m looking for is to be able to set the PATH, MANPATH, INFOPATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and such to /foo/bar/baz/DebianRoot/ and have all the utilities in there supercede the current ones.

    I do NOT have root access personally, but I can reach the admins. They are helpful, but the procedure for doing anything takes forever. Keep in mind that replacing the current os with the Debian sparc port is not an option… we have to “graft” onto the current os.

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    Subject: Re: ‘Virtual’ Debian
    Author: yerdaddie
    Date: Friday, 2002/06/21 – 01:10
    The fink project provides a virtualized Debian enviroment for Darwin and Mac OSX. Might be a good place to start.



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    Subject: Re: ‘Virtual’ Debian
    Author: wichert
    Date: Thursday, 2002/06/20 – 20:49
    dpkg doesn’t care what your PATH, MANPATH, etc.
    are, as long as it can find a small set of binaries (that check is done to make sure your PATH is at least reasonably sane).

    If you recompile dpkg you can specify different locations for its database and sysconf directory using standard configure options. Tell dpkg to use a directory you have write access to and everything should be fine.

    Since you are not running as root you can not use the –root option since that does a chroot, so
    when building a package you will have to put the full paths in the package.

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