Minimal Debian ARM image?

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by HerrMaulwurf » Fri May 18, 2012 1:57 pm

do you plan to release a minimal Debian Image for the Raspberry Pi without any GUI and only with the true basics installed, like an SSHd and nothing else? Seems that the Arch Linux image is quite minimal, according to the file size. Unfortunately I can't prove it because my Rasbi hasn't arrived yet.

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by nick.mccloud » Fri May 18, 2012 4:41 pm
You could roll one for us ...
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by HerrMaulwurf » Fri May 18, 2012 7:02 pm
Unfortunately not, because I am very new to this topic and don't know how to build images... :(
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by mpmc » Fri May 18, 2012 7:03 pm
A minimal image would be really useful to me as well, I'm currently trying myself, but I'm not getting very far :oops:
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by nick.mccloud » Sun May 20, 2012 12:50 pm
Well that was a bit of learning fun - exactly what the Doctor ordered and the Pi is for. So this link is for a minimal Debian - just debootstrap plus ntp. User is root, password is root. There is something hooky about reboots that I haven't debugged yet. Total disk space used is 250Mb. Should fit easily on a 2Gb card. Use at your own risk etc etc yada yada.
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by nickheppleston » Mon May 21, 2012 12:22 pm
Hello chaps,

Take a look at the images provided over at - based on Wheezy and very minimal.

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by docbee » Sat May 26, 2012 11:47 am
thanks very much :D
the thing looks promising. I will give it a shot.
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by rew » Sat May 26, 2012 4:42 pm
I made a minimal image that had nothing but a shell.

I then tried adding SSH and got stuck on the DHCP to configure networking. I later found out that I should've gone for the kernel autoconfiguring IP.

I think I should expand the image then a bit further to just have apt working so that you can install packages from the repositories after you've installed the minimal image.
Check out our raspberry pi addons:
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by obarthelemy » Sat May 26, 2012 4:50 pm
Yep, apt-get sounds like a requirement for almost anything anyway.
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by Franz J Hoedlmoser » Sun May 27, 2012 6:49 pm
for a basic minimal debian wheezy raspberry pi image just give my script I described in my first blog post on a try.
the shell script will perform following steps:
* check for root and blockdevice
* remove MBR on SD card
* setup new partitions and generate filesystems
* debootstrap first stage
* chroot into new system
* debootstrap second stage
* create config files
* install kernel, modules and firmware with Hexxeh’s rpi-update
* install ntp, openssh-server and some other usefull stuff
* set root password to raspberry
* cleanup
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