Dragora - an independent GNU/Linux-Libre distribution based on concepts of simplicity
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Dragora's Cheat Sheet



  • A working C compiler, system toolchain, utilities.

  • Enough hard disk space (7GB+) for the whole process.

  • A superuser account is needed to perform all the steps.

  • Clone or sync the git repository.

  • Obtain or sync the sources (tarballs). See the sources/README.md file.

Bootstrapping from Debian systems:

apt update && apt upgrade

apt install build-essential file flex git lzip genisoimage texinfo unzip zlib1g zlib1g-dev liblz1 liblz-dev


Creates a cross compiler for your native architecture:

./bootstrap -s0 2>&1 | tee stage0-log.txt

Prepare a temporary system using the recent cross compiler:

./bootstrap -s1 2>&1 | tee stage1-log.txt

Enter the temporary system:


Start replacing the temporary system with the final system:

qi order /usr/src/qi/recipes/*.order | qi build -S -p -i - 2>&1 | tee build-log.txt

Set custom modifications, like a password for the superuser:

passwd root

Exit from the temporal session (enter-chroot):


Produce an ISO image from the Stage 2:

./bootstrap -s2 2>&1 | tee stage2-log.txt

Burn or emulate the (hybrid) ISO image at OUTPUT.bootstrap/stage2/cdrom/dragora-live.iso.


To speed up the build procedure multiple jobs can be passed to the compiler.
Just give the -j option to the bootstrap script and pass the same one to the
connected qi in the pipe. Consider the value for -j taking into account the
number of processors + 1, for example -j3

Under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, http://www.gnu.org/licenses/fdl.html

Updated: 2021-03-01