Running glibc programs

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This is a draft

If you want to run glibc programs under alpine there are a few ways to do so.You could install glibc additional to uclibc (you would have to do this manualy) or you could do the easy way and use a chroot.
Because there are different usecases I want to give a slight overview about what's possible and what is intelligent.

Your options

Using Busybox

First the most simple approach for setting up a chroot is using a glibc build of busybox.
This approach has just a few downsides:
- You have to link most /bin/ and /usr/bin program against /bin/busybox and some busybox builds break if you don't configure it right.
- You have to manually download every library you need for your program manually.

But if you want a small enviroment for one simple use case this is the solution you want.

Using a livecd

If you prefer any special distri you can always download and extract a livecd and use it as a chroot enviroment.

Using a stage3 gentoo archive

This is the fastest approach and you have the advantage of controlling which package version of which library you will install.
Drawbacks are as follow:
- Big build.You have to install a portage tree which uses up a lot of space.(It's not 100% necessary if you don't have to install any additional content you don't need it)
- On slow mashines not recommended because you have to compile your packages.

Using Archlinux or Debian

If you want a nice running system you can install Arch or Debian in a chroot.This approach isn't as easily executed as the other alternatives, but are in my opinion the cleanest and most recommended for the every day user.

How to do it

Like I said this is just a quick draft so here it comes.

Using Busybox

First we need to download busybox.You can choose any of your favourit distros to download a prebuild version.I for instance would use Archlinux packages from

wget -O busybox.tar.xz
mkdir -p ~/chroot/usr/bin/ ~/chroot/{dev,proc,root,etc}
bsdtar xfJ busybox.tar.xz -C ~/chroot
rm busybox.tar.xz
ln -s /bin/busybox ~/chroot/bin/sh
ln -s /bin/busybox ~/chroot/bin/ln
sudo chroot ~/chroot/ /bin/sh

This creates a simple chroot enviroment which we will expand through all commands included in busybox.

for i in $(busybox --list);do ln -s /bin/busybox /usr/bin/$i;done

Using a livecd


Using a stage3 tar archive

Select a mirror from , switch to /releases/x86/current-stage3/ and download the latest tar ball (for me stage3-i686-20120124.tar.bz2 ).

mkdir ~/chroot
tar xfj stage3-i686-*.tar.bz2 -C ~/chroot
sudo chroot ~/chroot

And voila you got your working gentoo chroot.
You can now take a look at to find out how you can configure and install your system or simply extract/copy the program you need to run in your chroot enviroment and execute it.

Using Archlinux or Debian



Here will be an example of how to use a chroot.