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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.