Package: sbuild
Version: 0.71.0-2
Severity: normal
File: /usr/sbin/sbuild-createchroot
Tags: patch

Steps to reproduce:

sudo sbuild-createchroot --make-sbuild-tarball=sid.tgz sid sid

Expected result:

sid.tgz contains only package contents and apt lists

Actual result:

sid.tgz also contains /var/cache/apt/archives/*.deb, which are unnecessary
and waste space (current sid amd64 is 211M with these archives or 121M

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers unstable-debug
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), 
(500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental-debug'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.7.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages sbuild depends on:
ii  adduser         3.115
ii  apt-utils       1.3.1
ii  libsbuild-perl  0.71.0-2
pn  perl:any        <none>

Versions of packages sbuild recommends:
ii  debootstrap  1.0.84

Versions of packages sbuild suggests:
ii  autopkgtest  4.1
pn  deborphan    <none>
ii  wget         1.18-4

-- no debconf information
>From b846e8549c911e625e5c91197cfaa1aebdc6be49 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Simon McVittie <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:36:32 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] sbuild-createchroot: clean up downloaded .deb archives

This makes the tarball significantly smaller (121M vs. 211M for
current unstable on amd64), and the downloaded archives don't seem
to be useful for anything.

Signed-off-by: Simon McVittie <>
 bin/sbuild-createchroot | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/bin/sbuild-createchroot b/bin/sbuild-createchroot
index 06977c9..ce8005e 100755
--- a/bin/sbuild-createchroot
+++ b/bin/sbuild-createchroot
@@ -462,6 +462,10 @@ if ($conf->get('ARCH') eq $conf->get('HOST_ARCH')) {
 	    print "W: Failed to upgrade chroot\n"
 		if ($status);
+	    $status = $resolver->clean();
+	    print "W: Failed to clean up downloaded packages\n"
+		if ($status);
 	    $session = undef;

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