Bellow is the documentation for creating a Debian-based LiveCD using the bootcdwrite package from the
Debian developers. This procedure builds a fully functioning LiveCD from an already working/installed
base system, so you will need to have a customized (or not) install of Debian residing on a
To Install bootcdwrite, type the following as root:
apt-get install bootcd bootcd-mkinitramfs
All of the configuration options for bootcdwrite are located in /etc/bootcd/bootcdwrite.conf
The default bootcdwrite.conf file is pretty well documented, so I will not go into detail. I
will instead write a list of tips to remember when using bootcdwrite:
After you have edited the configuration file to suit your needs you might want to make some small
modifications to the system before building, such as:
Once you believe you are ready to build the CD, become root and type:
Say yes at the prompt to clear /var (mostly temp files that break the cd). The build will continue
until it needs to pack the final CD. On some systems it will complain about a file directing it to
somewhere else and ask if you want to (a)bort/(i)gnore/®etry. Choose ignore, it is only a warning
and does not seem to break anything major.
Once the system finishes building the liveCD iso image will be located in /var/spool/bootcd/cdimage.iso.
Burn this to a disk and test on your machine.
Building a custom system is fairly easy, but you may need to perform this procedure many times before you
get a system with no bugs and you are happy with.