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Five steps to create Fedora chroot jail using yum

Pre-Notes: - This will work only if your Linux Distro is based on RPM and YUM. I have tested it on Fedora but it may also work on RHEL and Centos... It will NOT work on Ubuntu, Debian, Suse... - The operating system and its version will be the same inside and outside the chroot jail. - On the example, the chroot will be placed at: /chroot/devel - To install different version of Fedora or other RPM based distro, it will be necessary to manage yum package repositories outside the jail. The five steps: # 1 - Create the chroot directory $ sudo mkdir -p /chroot/devel/var/lib/rpm # 2 - Initiate rpm db on chroot $ sudo rpm --root /chroot/devel --initdb # 3 - download Fedora Release package. # If you do not want Fedora, download the correct *-release package and use it # on step 4. There are examples on the references. $ yumdownloader --destdir=/tmp fedora-release # 4 - Install downloaded Fedora release inside chroot $ sudo rpm --root /chroot/devel -ivh /tmp/fedora-release*r