Simple Distro Kit - LiveCD
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live-sdk is simple distro build system aimed at creating liveCDs


live-sdk is designed to be used interactively from a terminal. It requires the following packages to be installed in addition to the dependencies required for libdevuansdk.

sudo permissions are required for the user that is running the build.


xorriso squashfs-tools live-boot syslinux-common


dev-libs/libisoburn sys-fs/squashfs-tools sys-boot/syslinux

Initial setup

After cloning the live-sdk git repository, enter it and issue:

git submodule update --init --recursive --checkout


To update live-sdk, go to the root dir of the git repo and issue:

git pull && git submodule update --init --recursive --checkout

Quick start

Edit the config file to match your needs. Sensible defaults are already there. Then run zsh. To avoid issues, it’s best to start a vanilla version, without preloaded config files so it doesn’t cause issues with libdevuansdk/live-sdk functions.

; zsh -f -c 'source sdk'

Now is the time you choose the OS, architecture, and (optionally) a blend you want to build the image for.

Currently supported distros

  • devuan
; load devuan amd64

Once initialized, you can run the helper command:

; build_iso_dist

The image will automatically be build for you. Once finished, you will be able to find it in the dist/ directory in live-sdk’s root.

For more info, see the doc/ directory.


Devuan’s SDK was originally conceived during a period of residency at the Schumacher college in Dartington, UK. Greatly inspired by the laborious and mindful atmosphere of its wonderful premises.

The Devuan SDK is Copyright (c) 2015-2017 by the Foundation

Devuan SDK components were designed, and are written and maintained by:

This source code is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this source code. If not, see