Introduction to libxml2

The libxml2 package contains libraries and utilities used for parsing XML files.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-10.1 platform.

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libxml2 Dependencies


ICU-68.2 (see below) and Valgrind-3.17.0 (may be used in the tests)



The old Python2 module can be built after has been installed, see Python2 libxml2-2.9.10 module.

User Notes:

Installation of libxml2

Apply a patch to fix various errors:

patch -p1 -i ../libxml2-2.9.10-security_fixes-1.patch

Fix a problem generating the Python3 module with Python-3.9.0 and later:

sed -i '/if Py/{s/Py/(Py/;s/)/))/}' python/{types.c,libxml.c}

If you are going to run the tests, disable one test that causes the Python tests to terminate early with an error:

sed -i 's/test.test/#&/' python/tests/

If, and only if, you are using ICU-68.2, fix a build breakage caused by that version by running the following command:

sed -i 's/ TRUE/ true/' encoding.c

Install libxml2 by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr    \
            --disable-static \
            --with-history   \
            --with-python=/usr/bin/python3 &&

If you downloaded the testsuite, issue the following command:

tar xf ../xmlts20130923.tar.gz

To test the results, issue: make check > check.log. A summary of the results can be obtained with grep -E '^Total|expected' check.log. If Valgrind-3.17.0 is installed and you want to check memory leaks, replace check with check-valgrind.



The tests use http://localhost/ to test parsing of external entities. If the machine where you run the tests serves as a web site, the tests may hang, depending on the content of the file served. It is therefore recommended to shut down the server during the tests, as the root user:

/etc/init.d/httpd stop

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

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

--with-history: This switch enables Readline support when running xmlcatalog or xmllint in shell mode.

--with-python=/usr/bin/python3: Allows building the libxml2 module with Python3 instead of Python2.

--with-icu: Add this switch if you have built ICU-68.2, for better unicode support.

--with-threads: Add this switch to enable multithread support.


Installed Programs: xml2-config, xmlcatalog, and xmllint
Installed Libraries: and (Python3 module)
Installed Directories: /usr/include/libxml2, /usr/lib/cmake/libxml2, /usr/share/doc/libxml2-2.9.10, /usr/share/doc/libxml2-python-2.9.10, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/libxml2

Short Descriptions


determines the compile and linker flags that should be used to compile and link programs that use libxml2


is used to monitor and manipulate XML and SGML catalogs


parses XML files and outputs reports (based upon options) to detect errors in XML coding

provides functions for programs to parse files that use the XML format

is the interface for Python3 to use

Last updated on 2021-04-05 07:36:04 -0500