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Installing new Debian systems with debootstrap

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When it comes to installing new installations of Debian GNU/Linux there is one tool which should not be ignored. Whether you're dealing with a real system, or a virtualised one, the debootstrap tool is ideal for quickly installing new Debian environments.

Put simply the debootstrap package allows you to install a fresh copy of Debian GNU/Linux into a directory. This new installation will have all the basic packages and binaries which you'd expect to be present such as:

/bin/ls
/usr/bin/id

Using debootstrap might seem a little bit strange if you're only used to the Debian installer, but it is a very useful tool for performing installations if you've got something like a LiveCD which supports your hardware.

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