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#31996 new task

Consider using mmdebstrap instead of debootstrap

Reported by: boklm Owned by: tbb-team
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Severity: Normal Keywords: tbb-rbm
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Description

We are currently using debootstrap to generate our Debian images. We might want to switch to mmdebstrap:
https://gitlab.mister-muffin.de/josch/mmdebstrap

It seems using mmdebstrap would make the creation of chroots faster (because of using apt directly, and because security updates do not need to be installed in a separate step). Although we only create one base chroot tarball for each Debian release, so this wouldn't make a significant difference in overall build time.

An other interesting feature is support for Linux user namespaces, allowing the creation of chroot tarball without root access, which could help for #23631.

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