Can't seem to run pbuilder correctly

Subject: Having trouble running pbuilder Brief description of how DigitalOcean can help you: No pbuilder command seems to work aside form ‘pbuilder’ / ‘sudo pbuilder’ (as desktop user). If I invoke ‘pbuilder create’ nothing happens, no output at all, pbuilder doesn’t even kick off to show any errors at all. I tried an strace, but am still trying to parse the output. All these commands work fine on a local Debian 8 VM, as well as a SteamOS test machine.


Seems as if anything beyond ‘pbuilder --help’ does not produce any output text on the CLI at all*. From experience, even if you leave out tons of options, and just bark at at pbuilder to do ‘pbuilder create’ it will flash a few lines, even if the directories it needs are not there, basetgz not there, keyring missing, and so on.

Please help DO Community, you’re my only hope (ba dum crash).


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Issue is with this chunk of code:

        # root partition on SteamOS is very small, divert paths
        STEAMOS_CHECK=$(uname -a | grep -i "steamos")
        if [ "${STEAMOS_CHECK}" != "" ]; then



I know I’m talking to myself, but it helps I guess :P

Ok, confirmed it’s an issue with .pbuilderrc, a recent change I may have made to segment pathing for SteamOS (default low 10GB root partition, so I path to $HOME). How embarrassing @.@