There are times when you want to install a newer version of the Ubuntu server but your Cloud/VPS provider might not include the version you want. This could be due to some of the following reasons.
- Debian rescue cd or Debian live images are provided but you want to install Ubuntu.
- Only LTS version are provided.
- They do not provide the Ubuntu version you need.
- You do not trust the Cloud/VPS or third party provider and want to do a clean installation based on your choice.
- You need to use custom installation such that you can encrypt the disks.
If you are running debian flavored linux it is easy to overcome the above limitations.
- Remove the default debootrap that was installed if it exists
apt remove --yes debootstrap
- Create a temporary directory to work on.
mkdir -p /tmp/debootstrap
- Change the directory to the temporary working directory.
- Download the deboostrap of your choice.
ar -x *.deb zcat /tmp/debootstrap/data.tar.gz | tar xv
- Copy the extract files to the root
cp -r usr /
- Cleanup the working directory
rm -rf /tmp/debootstrap
Now you should be able to use the new
You are looking to automate here is the entire script with slight changes allowing you to re-run the script multiple times to try it out.
apt remove --yes debootstrap || true rm -rf /tmp/debootstrap mkdir -p /tmp/debootstrap pushd /tmp/debootstrap wget https://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/d/debootstrap/debootstrap_1.0.124_all.deb ar -x *.deb zcat /tmp/debootstrap/data.tar.gz | tar xv cp -r usr / popd rm -rf /tmp/debootstrap