Introduction to libfm

The libfm package contains a library used to develop file managers providing some file management utilities.

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

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 9b4790594c2c80f440ce3238c5774d23

  • Download size: 876 KB

  • Estimated disk space required: 28 MB (additional 7 MB to rebuild and install the API documentation)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (additional 0.2 SBU to rebuild and install the API documentation)

libfm Dependencies


GTK+-2.24.24 and menu-cache-0.6.0



dbus-glib-0.102 and UDisks-1.0.5 (for volume management - experimental) or Gvfs-1.20.2 and GTK-Doc-1.20

User Notes:

Installation of libfm

Install libfm by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --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.

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


Installed Program: libfm-pref-apps and lxshortcut
Installed Libraries:, and and several under /usr/lib/libfm/modules/
Installed Directories: /etc/xdg/libfm, /usr/include/libfm (symlink), /usr/include/libfm-1.0, /usr/lib/libfm, /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libfm and /usr/share/libfm

Short Descriptions


sets preferred applications for programs based on libfm.


is a small program used to edit application shortcuts.

contains the libfm API functions.

Last updated on 2014-07-03 17:38:44 +0000