ldbox is a lightweight virtualisation environment for cross-compilation.
It allows to transparently build and package software for Linux distributions
and architectures different from the one on a host system.
ldbox is lightweight and simple to use.
It requires no additional permissions besides those that a regular user
already has to setup build environment and run commands inside it.
ldbox doesn't use any system virtualisation and isolation capabilities
Instead, it preloads a shared library that modifies arguments to
many functions in
glibc, the standard C library.
As a result, a program running under
ldbox's control sees
a virtual filesystem view according to configurable rules.
Also, these rules control how new programs are started.
For example, a program for foreign architecture can be started inside an
and cross-compiler started instead of native compiler
for foreign architecture.
ldbox is a fork of Scratchbox 2 (
but has nothing to do with old Scratchbox (not
See Project History for details.
See Motivation for rationale why
ldbox is needed.
See Basic concepts for introduction to
ldbox's basic concepts.
See HowTo if you're alreday familiar with
and want to start setting up targets and using