[clug] Virtualisation solution for development

Jeremy Kerr jk at ozlabs.org
Wed Jun 22 06:42:47 MDT 2011

Hi Ben,

> Anyone got ideas?  Done the same thing?

Depending on the hardware requirements, it sounds like a simple chroot
would work here - just a clean 32-bit environment to do your build &
test in, without needing a completely separate OS instance.

To set up, do something like:

 mkdir 32-bit
 sudo debootstrap --foreign --arch=i386 natty 32-bit/
 sudo chroot 32-bit/ /debootstrap/debootstrap --second-stage

Then to enter the chroot environment:

 sudo chroot 32-bit

Also, the `schroot` package contains some useful stuff to manage your
chroots, bind-mount home dirs (so they're shared), and restore the
chroot to a clean state when you're done.

Hope this helps,


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