Scratchpkg is a package manager built in order to manage packages for the Linux From Scratch system/distro. This package manager is fully written in bash. The package building script uses the port system like in Arch’s makepkg, CRUX’s pkgmk and NuTyX’s cards. Packages are built and installed into a temporary location using DESTDIR method and are afterwards compressed in a file directory using tar.

Installing the packaged tar means it is extracted into real system. After that all files extracted is recorded into an index directory. So scratchpkg will track all installed files. Scratchpkg can automatically resolve dependencies order. Scratchpkg reads the build script (spkgbuild) in the ports directory in order to get all necessary variables and functions before building them.