Build environment for making Devuan installer ISOs for i386 and amd64.
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Revised unpacking method: unpack only udebs, and one by one, with overwriting.
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docs updated readme for chimaera release 1 year ago
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pool Removed libc-bin which doesn;t seem to be needed. 3 weeks ago
scripts Revised unpacking method: unpack only udebs, and one by one, with overwriting. 2 weeks ago
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Devuan Installer ISO

This project is tailored for building the Devuan installation ISOs, which includes architectures i386 and amd4 with a collection of ISO for each:

  • netinstall - installation fully over the network
  • server - ~CD size ISO for server installation, also without network
  • desktop - 4G ISO for desktop installation also without network
  • cd2 - package pool desktop add-on for server install, with xfce4 and
  • cd3 - package pool desktop add-on for server install, with ...
  • pool1 - package pool of the 5000 top votes from devuan popcon
  • pool2 - package pool of the 15000 top votes from devuan popcon

The pool Directory

This directory contains "seed" files and a Makefile for creating the package lists for the various ISOs. Use "make -C pool reallyclean" to clean it up.

The pool directory in particular includes a local "library" of package description snippets, which are held in the library-$ARCH-$SECTION directories. The snippets are obtained from the build host's Packages files by breaking them up into individual package descriptions named by the package name. The build host must therefore be set up with the target sources and it must be duly updated for the target ISO building.

The local library uses several optional source points that are overlayed on a simple assumption of version priority. Overall it uses the following source list point, where the first is required, and the rest are optional.

  1. $CODENAME main main/debian-installer contrib non-free
  2. $CODENAME-security main main/debian-installer
  3. $CODENAME-updates main main/debian-installer
  4. $CODENAME-proposed-updates main main/debian-installer

The pool direcory also keeps the package list files that are used for populating the ISO. The first ISO building step includes the processing of the seed files to generate the actual, complete package list for the target ISO by recursively following up on all dependencies and recommended packages.

How to Build an ISO

ISOs are only built for the current (aka host) architecture. Use



  • ISO being one of netinstall, server, desktop, cd2, cd3, pool1 or pool2, or the special token all to build all of them.

  • SUITE being one of ascii, beowulf, chimaera or daedalus

  • VERSION being the accompanying release version code, e.g. 3.a for beowulf. This version code gets imprinted into the ISO.


If you use a proxy like apt-cacher-ng to use it you should export the http_proxy variable:


export http_proxy="http://localhost:3142/"


On occasion, things don't just work. This typically means that the package collection (which is downloaded on demand) has changed in some way that results in an inconsistency between package descriptions and downloaded packages. The master switch for recovery is then a reallyclean of the build area, and an update + dist-upgrade of the build host, possibly followed by a reboot, esp if the kernel version has changed. For example:

$ make reallyclean
$ ./ beowulf netinstall 3.a