Introduction to libffi

The libffi library provides a portable, high level programming interface to various calling conventions. This allows a programmer to call any function specified by a call interface description at run time.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

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  • Estimated build time: less than 0.1 SBU (additional 0.6 SBU for the tests)

libffi Dependencies


DejaGnu-1.5.1 (required to run the testsuite)

User Notes:

Installation of libffi

Install libffi by running the following commands:

sed -e '/^includesdir/ s:$(libdir)/@PACKAGE_NAME@-@PACKAGE_VERSION@/include:$(includedir):' \
    -i include/ &&
sed -e '/^includedir/ s:${libdir}/@PACKAGE_NAME@-@PACKAGE_VERSION@/include:@includedir@:' \
    -e 's/^Cflags: -I${includedir}/Cflags:/' \
    -i        &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed ... include/ and sed ... Make package install headers into /usr/include instead of /usr/lib/libffi-3.1/include.

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


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Short Descriptions

contains the libffi API functions.

Last updated on 2014-08-22 13:59:17 -0700