I run an Ubuntu server on which I use systemd-nspawn to start containers. Containers need a base system which, in the case of Ubuntu, can be bootstrapped by debootstrap.

I would like now to try Arch. There is an equivalent to debootstrap called pacstrap but I could not find a version for Ubuntu (it looks like there used to be a PPA for this but it is now gone).

Is there a solution to get this base system?

  • a version of pacstrap for Ubuntu?
  • or a way to manually get the base system?
  • or a standard place where to directly copy it from?
  • Nothing to do with Debian then... "Questions specific to the Debian official distribution (stable, testing, or unstable); if you are using a derivative of Debian (e.g. Mint, Ubuntu, Kali, etc), then use that distribution’s tag instead."
    – user8779
    Sep 17, 2017 at 8:51
  • @arochester: isn't the deb in debootstrap for debian?
    – WoJ
    Sep 17, 2017 at 9:37

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See this web page: Install from existing Linux, especially the subsection From a host running another Linux distribution.

  • Thank you. I just found a mention of the bootstrap package for Arch and the page you linked is exactly what i was looking for. I just bootstrapped an arch distro on my ubuntu.
    – WoJ
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:34
  • Although I am surprised by the size of the image: the basic image with base installed is FOUR times larger than the equivalent Ubuntu Zesty one.
    – WoJ
    Sep 16, 2017 at 15:39

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