Debian Bug report logs - #721447
ITP: xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is wnpp@debian.org;

Reported by: Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org>

Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:45:06 UTC

Owned by: Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org>

Severity: wishlist

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Bug#721447; Package wnpp. (Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:45:10 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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From: Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org>
To: submit@bugs.debian.org
Subject: RFP: xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding and aufs/unionfs support for read only roots
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:46:41 +0100
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Package: wnpp
Version: 2.3; issued 2013-08-28
Subject: RFP: xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding and 
aufs/unionfs support for read only roots
Severity: wishlist

* Package name : xchroot
Version : 2.3
Upstream Author : Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org>
* URL : http://www.elstel.org/xchroot
* License : QPL-like; see for the program header or run the program with 
--license
Description : xchroot is a little convenience bash script that will 
allow you to run X-based programs in your chroot environment.
You may also chroot to a new environment without touching any of its 
files either by using aufs and unionfs. You
may backup your temporary changes on exit and kill of xchroot as 
squashfs and incrementally restore them.

--
xchroot will be simple to package:
chmod +x and copy the program to /sbin;
changelog, license, and contact address are currently located in the 
header of the bash script; license can be printed with xchroot --license
note: future versions may come as .tar.gz including sub-programs and a 
man page
(as long as there is no man page for xchroot you may simply package the 
index.html into /usr/share/doc)
you will get update notifications via http://www.elstel.org/elstel.rss 
(for xchroot among other content on elstel)

why you should prefer packaging xchroot from elstel over xchroot from 
mosquito:
* the program is known to deliver good quality since years and is also 
officially recommended by the openSUSE build service guide
* the program is being actively developed; completely new features are 
planned.
* there is a good online documentation for the program which does also 
leverage usage by casual users and users new to Linux
* the incremental --save and --restore options not supported by mosquito 
will make life of packagers easy and leverage usage from read-only root 
file systems like roots on blue ray
* unionfs as well as aufs support guarantee for a broad applicability; 
f.i. when dual booting between a distribution that only supports unionfs
* support also for casual users

why you should not package xchroot from mosquito:
* no accomplished cleanup, kill -9 of processes, bugs and fallacies I do 
not want to talk about.
* writing a completely different program and then giving it the same 
name as an already existent program will confuse innocent users (mine 
has already been there for years and it has been published under the 
name xchroot for a much longer time.)
* the program has not been tested well under different conditions
* no unionfs, no socat, no incremental restore, no good automounting 
support.
* no backward compatibility with Debian 6.0.x
* the authors did not respond at all on my request to join the work on 
elstel and to put xchroot under a better, generally accepted license

License: should be oss-compliant; author wants patches to be officially 
acknowledged by elstel.org; i.e. to make them available to all users 
even those who continue to download xchroot directly and those who use 
another distro.

Download: may also use https

P.S.: I believe it would also be good choice to support this script 
under the rescue console. When chrooting to a Debian installation you 
will otherwise have to mount a lot while mounting everything of use is 
still too much for manual mounting. This is a very common task for 
maintenance activities; I even do that when running grub-install.


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Bug reassigned from package 'wnpp' to 'xchroot'. Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:54:16 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Marked as found in versions 2.3-3. Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:54:16 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Owner recorded as Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org>. Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:06:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Bug reassigned from package 'xchroot' to 'wnpp'. Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:30:04 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

No longer marked as found in versions 2.3-3. Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:30:05 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Changed Bug title to 'ITP xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding' from 'RFP: xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding and aufs/unionfs support for read only roots' Request was from Elmar Stellnberger <estellnb@elstel.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:30:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Changed Bug title to 'ITP: xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding' from 'ITP xchroot -- extended chroot with X11/Xorg forwarding' Request was from Mònica Ramírez Arceda <monica@debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:24:09 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Added blocking bug(s) of 721447: 728716 Request was from Bart Martens <bartm@quantz.debian.org> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Tue, 05 Nov 2013 04:27:06 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'normal' Request was from Adrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de> to control@bugs.debian.org. (Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:54:13 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

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