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supermin - Tool for creating supermin appliances
by Richard W.M. Jones (rjones@redhat.com)
http://people.redhat.com/~rjones/supermin
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Supermin is a tool for building supermin appliances.  These are tiny
appliances [similar to virtual machines], usually around 100KB in
size, which get fully instantiated on-the-fly in a fraction of a
second when you need to boot one of them.

A complete description is in the supermin(1) man page.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR USERS OF SUPERMIN 4.x: supermin 5.x is a rewrite of
  supermin 4.  It is compatible at a high level with supermin 4 /
  febootstrap 3, but requires some command line adjustments.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR USERS OF FEBOOTSTRAP 3.x:
  supermin 4.x is just an evolution of febootstrap 3.x (really we just
  renamed it). The previous febootstrap program is now called
  supermin. The previous febootstrap-supermin-helper program is now
  called supermin-helper. Apart from that they are identical, although
  they will evolve and add features over time.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR USERS OF FEBOOTSTRAP 2.x:
  febootstrap 3.x is a complete rewrite.  febootstrap 2.x could only
  build Fedora distributions.  This version can build many varieties
  of Linux distros.  3.x only builds supermin appliances, it does not
  build chroots.  3.x does not build cross-distro, cross-release or
  cross-architecture systems.  If you want febootstrap 2.x, please use
  the 'febootstrap-2.x' branch from the git repository.

Requirements
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  ocaml

  ocaml findlib ("ocamlfind" program)

  perldoc
    - This is just used to generate the manpage.

  static libc
    - Can be replaced with dietlibc, musl-libc (and maybe other
      alternate libc).  See section ``Alternate libc'' below.

  bash

  gcc

  gawk

  libcom_err
  libext2fs
  /sbin/mke2fs
    - These are part of e2fsprogs.

For Fedora/RHEL:

  rpm
  librpm
  yumdownloader (from yum-utils) or 'dnf download' plugin

  NB: On RHEL, use `yum-builddep supermin' to install all the
  dependencies.  On Fedora use `dnf builddep supermin'.

For Debian/Ubuntu:

  dpkg
  apt-get

  NB: On Debian, use `apt-get build-dep supermin' to install all the
  dependencies.

For openSUSE:

  rpm
  librpm
  zypper

For Mageia:

  rpm
  librpm
  urpmi & fakeroot, or 'dnf download' plugin

For Arch Linux:

  pacman
  fakeroot
  makepkg

Optional
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These are only needed if you plan to boot the supermin appliances you
are building:

  qemu >= 0.13
  kernel >= 2.6.36

  zcat (command) - if your kernel uses gzipped modules

  xzcat (command) - if your kernel uses xz-compressed modules

Building and installing
-----------------------

If you're cloning this from git the first time, do:

  ./bootstrap
  ./autogen.sh

For normal builds, and building from the tarball:

  ./configure
  make

You can run supermin without installing:

  ./src/supermin --help

To install the software:

  sudo make install

Tests
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  make check

Note that the tests require a network connection.  If you don't
have a network connection (eg. for distro package building) then
try doing:

  ./configure --disable-network-tests

Examples
--------

See the examples/ subdirectory.

Feedback and bugs
-----------------

Send feedback to libguestfs@redhat.com.  You can file bugs in
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/ (under "Fedora", "supermin")

Alternate libc
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Supermin uses a small, statically linked "init" binary.  Normally this
is linked to static glibc, but static glibc produces enormous binaries
(800KB+).  You can use an alternate libc if you prefer.  For example,
using dietlibc, I can build a 22K init, about 1/40th of the size.

  $ ls -l init/init
  -rwxrwxr-x. 1 rjones rjones 21736 Feb 17 14:03 init/init

- Dietlibc

For dietlibc, build supermin like this:

  ./configure
  make clean
  make -C init CC="diet gcc"
  make

which builds the init using dietlibc, and then builds the rest of
supermin with the dietlibc-using init binary.

- Musl-libc

For musl, build supermin like this:

  ./configure
  make clean
  make -C init CC="musl-gcc"
  make