Introduction to Compface

Compface provides utilities and a library to convert from/to X-Face format, a 48x48 bitmap format used to carry thumbnails of email authors in a mail header.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

Installation of Compface

Install Compface by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --mandir=/usr/share/man &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -m755 -v /usr/bin


Installed Programs: compface, uncompface and
Installed Library: libcompface.{so,a}
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is a filter for generating highly compressed representations of 48x48x1 face image files


is an inverse filter which performs an inverse transformation with no loss of data

is a script to generate xfaces


allows the compression and decompression algorithms to be used in other programs such as MTAs