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-7.5 platform.

Package Information

libarchive Dependencies


acl-2.2.52, attr-2.4.47, libxml2-2.9.1 or expat-2.1.0, LZO-2.06, and Nettle-2.7.1 or OpenSSL-1.0.1f

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.

--without-xml2: This switch sets expat for xar archive format support instead of preferred libxml2 if both packages are installed.

--without-nettle: This switch sets OpenSSL for crypto support instead of preferred Nettle if both packages are installed.


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 2014-02-19 12:41:42 -0800