Introduction to libgsf

The libgsf package contains a library used for providing an extensible input/output abstraction layer for structured file formats.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.9 platform.

This package is known to build properly using the gcc-6 compiler.

Package Information

libgsf Dependencies


GLib-2.48.1 and libxml2-2.9.4



gobject-introspection-1.48.0 and GTK-Doc-1.25

User Notes:

Installation of libgsf

Install libgsf by running the following commands:

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

To test the results, issue: make check. Two tests fail for unknown reasons.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

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

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: gsf, gsf-office-thumbnailer, and gsf-vba-dump
Installed Library:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libgsf-1, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gsf and /usr/share/thumbnailers

Short Descriptions


is a simple archive utility, somewhat similar to tar(1).


is used internally by GNOME applications such as Nautilus to generate thumbnails of several types of office application files.


is used to extract Visual Basic for Applications macros from files.

contains the libgsf API functions.

Last updated on 2016-07-03 15:23:07 -0500