Introduction to libarchive

The libarchive library provides a single interface for reading/writing various compression formats.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

libarchive Dependencies


acl-2.2.52, libxml2-2.9.1 or expat-2.1.0, LZO-2.06, Nettle-2.7.1 and OpenSSL-1.0.1e

User Notes:

Installation of libarchive

Install libarchive by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.


Installed Programs: bsdcpio and bsdtar
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a tool similar to cpio.


is a tool similar to GNU tar.

is a library that can create and read several streaming archive formats.

Last updated on 2013-08-23 13:56:44 -0700