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I'm trying to retrieve the powerpc arch of Karmic Koala with the following command:

sudo debootstrap --arch powerpc karmic /home/xbmc/karmic

However, I get the following error:

E: No such script: /usr/share/debootstrap/scripts/karmic

I used the debootstrap from the official repo:

debootstrap --version
debootstrap 1.0.12

Can anyone help me?

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This user found a solution on

  • To avoid the missing script, create a symbolic link to one of the existing scripts. Another user suggested linking to the gutsy script, and apparently that worked:

    cd /usr/share/debootstrap/scripts
    ln -s gutsy karmic
  • The mirror used in the debootstrap commandline ( is wrong, since that mirror only includes x86/x64 packages. Instead, should be used. This user also needed the --foreign option. The final command is:

    debootstrap --foreign --arch=powerpc karmic /mnt/ubuntu
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