A chroot on Unix operating systems is an operation that changes the apparent root directory for the current running process and its children. A program that is run in such a modified environment cannot name (and therefore normally not access) files outside the designated directory tree.

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Why does chroot get ENOENT on an existing file?

;TL-DR - Answer: because the dynamic linker ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 was missing. I have mounted a squashfs (shouldn't matter) filesystem -ro,loop at /mnt/foo. It contains among other things the ...
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Unable to connect after ChrootDirectory within sshd_config

After adding the following to my sshd_config file... Match user myuser ChrootDirectory /var/www/html X11Forwarding no AllowTcpForwarding no ForceCommand internal-sftp I am unable to ...
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Pivot root between two Linux installations

I have two Linux distributions installed (Debian and Ubuntu). Each with its own usr, swap, and whatever. Both are completely independent, each in its partition. According to the man pages, I could ...
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HowTo Chroot to BSD

I recently tried FreeBSD [9.2]. I installed it but as i found out it doesn't install any bootloader by default. So now i want to find out HOW it is possible to chroot to the installed BSD via a ...
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Servers running from chrooted Ubuntu on HP TouchPad? [closed]

The problem: servers appear to be broken inside my Ubuntu chroot. No matter what kind of server I try to run, they all seem unresponsive (VLC server won't respond to client, mkRemote doesn't move the ...
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Unable to reach network from chroot

I have a complicated scenario, with most of the complicated parts working: SD card contains a Fedora 23 Raspberry Pi install on a LUKS/BTRFS filesystem. Fedora 23 x86-64 VM being used to manage the ...
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Why does uname -m report differently in chroot and schroot environment?

I am running Ubuntu 14.04.2, 64 bit host system. Using debootstrap, I installed a minimal Ubuntu 14.04.2, 32 bit system in trusty32 directory. This is what my schroot configuration look like: [...
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Running maintenance commands in pbuilder chroot using cron

We run an automated build system using pbuilder-dist. We use it to build our open source project Snap Websites to produce nightly builds. Currently we are building against Ubuntu "trusty." The issue ...
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get back to initramfs on shutdown

I have got my own initramfs running its own init script. After doing some things, it finally calls switch_root and executes the init script of the system, which is mounted in /mnt. Now I want to get ...
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Trying to transplant bash to /mnt for chroot, what does bash want in order to work?

I have a stage 3 gentoo tarball.. extracted it to /mnt which is hosting /dev/sda3. Though there was no bin and no sign of bash after unpacking. Far as I'm aware, the rest of the configuration involves ...
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Define custom login shell in schroot

According to the schroot man page: schroot allows the user to run a command or a login shell in a chroot environment. If no command is specified, a login shell will be started in the user's ...
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How does chroot's use of qemu for cross compile environments work?

To be able to do cross compiling there's a trick where you copy a static qemu binary into your <different-arch-root-to-be>/usr/bin and when you chroot into that filesystem, which has non-native ...
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How to create an environment for libraries and binaries?

I have a tool that cannot be run under my Desktop Linux. So I'd like to make a folder that contains all its requirements, and run it in the folder. Virtual machine or container is not a solution here ...
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vsftpd does not allow chrooted users write to directory

I installed vsftpd on ubuntu 12.04 and chrooted local users, in order not to let them see the other parts of system. but when a local user wants to login into ftp it gives out this error: 500 OOPS: ...
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How to have a chroot system mount shared with its host?

Say I chrooted into ~/myroot with its /mnt being bind-mounted from the host's /mnt. Now (from within the chroot environment) I want to e.g. mount /dev/something /mnt/something such that not only the ...
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GParted LiveCD: Is there a version with a 64-bit kernel?

I'm trying to chroot with the GParted LiveCD onto an existing 64-bit system, attempting to fix grub.
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Building GCC inside a chroot from source

In a previous question I asked about creating a chroot that simulates my embedded device environment. It was suggested that I build from source GCC and binutils first inside my chroot. To attempt this ...
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Is it possible to make a chroot -bind with debian under mac os x lion?

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 ...
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Preventing ChromeOS from blanking the screen when working on a different tty

I am running Archlinux in a chroot alongside Chrome OS on a chromebook. The original project is there, my fork of it is here (mostly similar). The issue is that the display power management of Chrome ...
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Debian unstable chroot security issues

This page describes how you can use the debootstrap utility to install a base Debian unstable/sid system on an existing Linux machine. The new install is accessible using chroot. When doing this, ...
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How to add another domain to my chrooted named server

Firstly I successfully have a domain working in a chroot named. There are files in /var/named/chroot/var/named called mydomain.com.db and named.local and named.root. Also in /var/named/chroot/etc ...
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Is there a way to isolate a running program from the rest of a Linux system?

First of all, I know about virtualisation and containers. I'm sure "he wants containers" is what popped in your mind. (Don't deny it!) However containers are like chroot: if you want to execute bash ...
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chpasswd apply changes in the chroot directory

I have debootstraped version of wheezy on my Archlinux machine and would like to change it's root password: echo "root:toor" | chpasswd --root /home/containers/wheezy/ However I get an error: ...
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Set up enviroment for cross-compilation to i386, armel, armhf, arm64 and mips with no libglib2 conflicts

I'm trying to set up a build environment for a software in Debian Jessie. I need to produce amd64, i386 and eventually armel and armhf binaries of the software. It would be cool if I could cross-...
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Permission denied in scripted chroot jail

I am attempting to script the creation of a chroot jail (I know that there are tools for this, but I am in it for the experience, so please don't recommend a tool). I have a script which looks up ...
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CHROOT: Unable to copy files to jailed users directory from local machine using WINSCP

I've setup a chroot environment for one of my users called client on my system. I'm using WINSCP to connect to my server from my machine using public key authentication. Everything works fine, I can ...
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How to copy a debootstrap (chroot) directory to another computer?

I created an installation of Debian in a subdirectory using debootstrap on computer A. Now I would like to transfer this installation to computer B which has a local connection but no global internet ...
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Does `build_packages` download all libraries again in the case of a failed build?

I have been trying to set up and build an image of the Chromium OS from the instructions available here. My laptop was running the build_packages script for about 7-8 hours after which it failed on ...
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Share a directory over FTP with chroot_local enabled

I'm using vsftpd. By default, when I create a user, they are jailed in their directory which is /home/user. I have enabled chroot_local_user=YES. On the other hand, I also wanted to create a shared ...
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Cannot open GUI after ssh -X and chroot

I ssh ( with -X option ) to another computer then I I do a chroot. I then encounter problems running X11 apps. As one example, after the ssh I would run emacs and it would open a new window as a X11 ...
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Restrict SFTP users to different directories

How can I restrict some users/groups to some directories? I mean different users, different directories. What I have: Ubuntu 14. Experience with Ubuntu: Just started. What I have tried: I read ...
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running cron on a chroot

For my web development I use a debootstrap'ped Debian with sysvinit, I start apache2/mysql manually only when I need to work. Now for a new project I require to run some scheduled task for which I ...
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chpasswd apply changes in the chroot directory [duplicate]

I have debootstraped version of wheezy on my Archlinux machine and would like to change it's root password: echo "root:toor" | chpasswd --root /home/containers/wheezy/ However I get an error: ...
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upgrade chroot version on centOS 5?

How do I upgrade chroot release on my centos 5 server? I want to install a service that uses a new capability available in later versions (--userspec) of chroot and I can't find any documentation of ...
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Making Ubuntu programs available to fedora through “chroot”

I have Fedora and Ubuntu installed on different partitions on my system. Now i want to make programs such as "adobe reader" or "kerio-control-vpnclient-8.4.2-2869-linux" available to fedora. those ...
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chroot with unionfs-fuse, can't access /dev/*

I have created the a chroot jail in combination with unionfs-fuse so that I don't need to install another system inside it. However, the resulting system's /dev entries are not readable.This is ...
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User Acces restrict to only one folder

I am trying to establsih SFTP User rights at a server to only one folder, following the guidelines here: http://www.esotech.org/resources/software/linux/creating-an-sftp-unix-group-with-chroot-...
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How to write in home user with chrooted sftp

I have a problem with chroot sftp an their home folder. I would like to write in user's home but I don't have proper permission for doing that. sshd_config Match User demo ChrootDirectory %h ...
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How to use chroot'd desktop environment on Android with external display, mouse and keyboard?

I have a chroot'd Arch Linux environment set up on my Android phone (a OnePlus One) and I would like to connect it to a monitor (directly or with use of some sort of passthrough/adapter eg. Raspberry ...
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How do I limit local user file system access? What is the best method?

I have a Linux installation with a default user and an admin user (and root). On startup, the default user is automatically logged in and a particular application is launched. My intention is to ...
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Create ssh user which can only access home directory [duplicate]

I read documentation on the internet on how to create a new user with SSH access. I figured it out and to create a user is quite simple. The next step I want to take is to jail this ssh server to the ...
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How to find current chroot jail path on Linux <2.6.26

While running kernel 2.6.26 or newer it's possible to get the path of the current chroot jail by comparing the mountinfo of the current process and the init process. Is there a way to get the same ...
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Any better alternative to chroot on an OpenVZ VPS?

Are there any better alternative to chroot environment? I'm thinking about running nginx on a jailed environment. BTW, I'm on OpenVZ VPS, so modifying the Kernel is a no-no. (I think that prevents ...
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Is there an ARM repository for Arch Linux?

I'm trying to create a chroot for my rooted android phone. I want to do this with the arch_bootstrap.sh script found on the wiki but I can't find an ARM repository. My PC is x86_64 Arch Linux and my ...
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How to chroot into busybox environment?

i have a filesystem build with buildroot, to compile code for a device using a old kernel and uClibc. Now i want to chroot into the fs. The problem is, i dont have /bin/bash, just /bin/busybox. How ...
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How can I use debian_chroot in bashrc to identify the chroot env?

I see the following in ~/.bashrc : if [ -z "${debian_chroot:-}" ] && [ -r /etc/debian_chroot ]; then debian_chroot=$(cat /etc/debian_chroot) fi which means if the variable is ...
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How to chroot to provide a new glibc version to an app?

I am trying to run a program, but when I execute it the following error appears : ./app: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.14' not found (required by ./app) At first I read to ...
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Login to user's session with chroot

I have an USB thumb stick with the following partition scheme: sdb sdb1 -> root partition '/' sdb2 -> /home partition If I boot from a live CD, or just from my current Ubuntu OS ...
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Using bash environment from an external OS partition

I have an external partition, /dev/sda, which contains an Ubuntu OS. The root is located in /dev/sda2. I would like to access commands from this OS partition. I have tried doing the following steps:...
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Deterministic method to find out whether some other process is in a chroot jail and where?

NOTE: I'm familiar with this U&L Q&A titled: How do I tell I'm running in a chroot? that sounds similar to what I'm asking, but there's a subtle difference to what I'm looking for. That ...