Introduction to libxcb

The libxcb package provides an interface to the X Window System protocol, which replaces the current Xlib interface. Xlib can also use XCB as a transport layer, allowing software to make requests and receive responses with both.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.5 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 074c335cc4453467eeb234e3dadda700

  • Download size: 468 KB

  • Estimated disk space required: 42 MB (124 MB with doxygen generated documentation)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (additional 0.1 to generate API documentation)

libxcb Dependencies


libXau-1.0.8 and xcb-proto-1.10



Doxygen-1.8.6 (to generate API documentation) Check-0.9.12 (to run tests) and libxslt-1.1.28

User Notes:

Installation of libxcb

Install libxcb by running the following commands:

sed -e "s/pthread-stubs//" -i &&
autoreconf -fiv &&
./configure $XORG_CONFIG --docdir='${datadir}'/doc/libxcb-1.10 \
            --enable-xinput --enable-xkb &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -e "s/pthread-stubs//" -i This sed removes dependency on libpthread-stubs package which is useless on Linux.

--enable-xinput: This switch enables XCB Xinput extension.

--without-doxygen: This switch can be used to disable the API documentation if Doxygen-1.8.6 is installed.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries: and libxcb-*.so
Installed Directories: $XORG_PREFIX/include/xcb and $XORG_PREFIX/share/doc/libxcb-1.10

Short Descriptions

is an interface to the X Window System protocol.

Last updated on 2014-02-18 12:55:40 -0800