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-8.2 platform.

Package Information

libarchive Dependencies


libxml2-2.9.8, LZO-2.10, and Nettle-3.4

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: bsdcat, bsdcpio, and bsdtar
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


expands files to standard output.


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 2018-02-17 21:25:06 -0600