Langue: en

Version: 363959 (ubuntu - 25/10/10)

Section: 8 (Commandes administrateur)


ltsp-build-client - Builds an LTSP client system for use with the LTSP server


ltsp-build-client <options>


ltsp-build-client builds an ltsp client chroot using standard packages for use with the ltsp server. This chroot installation can be modified in a number of ways as outlined in the OPTIONS section. If present, defaults will be read from the configuration file /etc/ltsp/ltsp-build-client.conf, and will be overridden by using the command line options. ltsp-build-client is usually run as the root user. Visit for more information.


Not all options are available on all installations. For a complete list of available options, use the --help and --extra-help options.

--arch arch
Builds a chroot with the specified architecture. Must be a supported architecture of the distribution, and compatible with the host architecture. Defaults vary by distribution.
--base dir
Sets the default path for the ltsp chroots to be installed into. Defaults to /opt/ltsp/.
--chroot file
Sets the default name for the ltsp chroot. Defaults to the architecture selected with --arch or the running architecture.
--config file
Load configuration defaults from specified file. See CONFIG FILE below for more information.
--dist distribution
Distribution : Sets the distribution to be installed in the client chroot. Defaults to the running distribution.
Displays all available commandline options.
Displays the ltsp-build-client help message.
--mirror mirror_url
Select the mirror to download packages from. file:/// and http:// URLs are supported.


ltsp-build-client will read a configuration file to override built-in defaults. the default location for this configuration file is /etc/ltsp/ltsp-build-client.conf, and can be specified with the --conf commandline option.

values are NAME="VALUE" pairs, with # representing commented lines. most commandline options have an equivalent. an example Debian based system with an alternate base location, architecture, and distribution:

 # set alternate default location for ltsp chroot (--base)
 # build an amd64 chroot by default (--arch)
 # build a Debian sid environment (--dist)


ltsp-update-sshkeys(8), ltsp-update-kernels(8).


ltsp-build-client is part of ltsp package and the latest versions are available in source form from


Peter Savage - silentk - cbx33

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