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Within Linux (e.g. Ubuntu), it is possible to mount partitions like /home, /etc, /lib from another Linux machine and bind them to /proc /sys /tmp to the host's to actually take control of the mounted non-booted linux system. i.e using the other one as host.

This can be done with mount -bind bla bla bla and the chroot command.

The question is, is it possible to do this within Mac OS X as host?

With this we could forget fink and macports and have a completely debian distro working on Mac OS X.

Any ideas to achieve this?

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No, OSX is BSD (Unix) based, obviously Debian is Linux. The kernels are not drop in replacements for each other.

There is an alternative to Fink and Macports, it is called Homebrew. You could also run a Virtual Machine under VirtualBox (free) or VMware/Parallels (Not free).

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But what about Debian ported to BSD? debian.org/ports/netbsd debian.org/ports/kfreebsd-gnu – Juan May 26 '12 at 0:20
@Juan seems 1000x more convoluted than just using macports. – Tim May 29 '12 at 13:35

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