The Debian chroot install
Existing Debian unstable installation on a 20GB hard-disk, and a new 40GB hard-disk with a small Windows partition.
Installing Debian on the new hard-disk and shifting over to it in the "near future". But I want to do this without having to go through the painful bootable CD and stuff. Also, I have already partitioned the new hard-disk and formatted it with Reiserfs 3.6, which is unfortunately not supported by my old, kernel 2.2 based Debian boot CD.
As Karsten M. Self at TwikiIWeThey says ...
On the other hand, if you're experience with Debian, bored with convention, interested in a new challenge or feel that this method suits your current situation, read on. This method works in instances where a traditional Debian install doesn't, or would not be appropriate.
But actually I took his advice and decided to follow the section on "zero-downtime" "cross-root" install in the Debian Installation Manual.
Hard-disk partitions mounted under /mnt/debinst
apt-get install debootstrap
The debootstrap manual open in MozillaFirebird
and so it begins ...