yumbootstrap is a tool for installing Yum-based distributions (Red Hat,
CentOS, Fedora) in a chroot directory. Idea behind it is stolen from Debian's
debootstrap. It's planned for yumbootstrap to work along with templates for
There is another project of similar purpose called Rinse. yumbootstrap differs from Rinse as follows:
- yumbootstrap uses Yum to resolve dependencies, so adding packages to installation list is easier (no need to track dependencies manually).
- Using multiple Yum repositories for installation is supported.
- yumbootstrap checks signatures on installed RPM packages.
- yumbootstrap doesn't depend on Yum mirror to list directory contents, so it's less work to setup local mirror usable with yumbootstrap.
Examples of use
Listing available suites:
# /usr/sbin/yumbootstrap --list-suites centos-5 centos-6 ... fedora-19 fedora-20
Installing centos-6 suite to
# /usr/sbin/yumbootstrap --verbose centos-6 /mnt/chroot/centos-6-chroot
Installing centos-6 suite, including some custom packages:
# /usr/sbin/yumbootstrap --verbose \ --include=openssh-server --group=Core \ centos-6 /mnt/chroot/centos-6-chroot
Installing centos-6 suite, installing custom packages by hand from parent OS:
# CHROOT=/mnt/chroot/centos-6-chroot # /usr/sbin/yumbootstrap --verbose --no-scripts centos-6 $CHROOT # yum --installroot=$CHROOT -c $CHROOT/yumbootstrap/yum.conf install ... # /usr/sbin/yumbootstrap --verbose --just-scripts $CHROOT
For Debian-based distributions, dpkg-dev, fakeroot, debhelper (9+), python, and python-setuptools. For installing the package, yum is also required.
dpkg-buildpackage -b -uc dpkg -i ../yumbootstrap*.deb
For Red Hat derivatives you need rpm-build.
make srpm rpmbuild --rebuild yumbootstrap-*.src.rpm yum localinstall --nogpgcheck /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/*/yumbootstrap-*.rpm
Contact and License
yumbootstrap is written by Stanislaw Klekot . The primary distribution point is http://dozzie.jarowit.net/.
yumbootstrap is distributed under GNU GPL v3 license. See LICENSE file for details.