Introduction to Ptlib

The Ptlib (Portable Tools Library) package contains a class library that has its genesis many years ago as PWLib (portable Windows Library), a method to produce applications to run on various platforms.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.0 platform.

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Ptlib Dependencies



Cyrus SASL-2.1.27, Lua-5.3.5, OpenLDAP-2.4.48, PulseAudio-12.2, SDL-1.2.15, unixODBC-2.3.7 (currently broken, see Command Explanations below), v4l-utils-1.16.6, libdc1394, and libraw1394,

User Notes:

Installation of Ptlib

Fix a build issue with gcc-7.1.0 and later:

sed -i "s/sbin\.Right(1) == '\\\\0')/strlen(sbin\.Right(1)) == 0)/" \
    src/ptclib/podbc.cxx &&
sed -i '/\/ioctl.h/a#include <sys/uio.h>' src/ptlib/unix/channel.cxx

Install Ptlib by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../ptlib-2.10.11-openssl-1.1.0-1.patch &&
patch -Np1 -i ../ptlib-2.10.11-bison_fixes-2.patch &&

./configure --prefix=/usr  \
            --disable-odbc &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
chmod -v 755 /usr/lib/

Command Explanations

--disable-odbc: This parameter prevents the use of unixODBC-2.3.7, whose libraries conflict with ptlib. It is not needed if unixODBC-2.3.7 is not installed.


Installed Program: ptlib-config
Installed Libraries: and libpt_s.a
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ptclib, /usr/include/ptlib, /usr/lib/ptlib-2.10.11, and /usr/share/ptlib

Short Descriptions


determines the compile and linker flags that should be used to compile and link programs that use libpt.

contains the Ptlib API functions.

Last updated on 2019-08-21 13:25:24 -0700