Introduction to cpio

The cpio package contains tools for archiving.

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

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP): https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/cpio/cpio-2.15.tar.bz2

  • Download MD5 sum: 3394d444ca1905ea56c94b628b706a0b

  • Download size: 1.6 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 21 MB (with tests and docs)

  • Estimated build time: 0.3 SBU (with tests and docs)

CPIO Dependencies


texlive-20230313 (or install-tl-unx)

Installation of cpio

Install cpio by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --enable-mt   \
            --with-rmt=/usr/libexec/rmt &&
make &&
makeinfo --html            -o doc/html      doc/cpio.texi &&
makeinfo --html --no-split -o doc/cpio.html doc/cpio.texi &&
makeinfo --plaintext       -o doc/cpio.txt  doc/cpio.texi

If you have texlive-20230313 installed and wish to create PDF or Postscript documentation, issue one or both of the following commands:

make -C doc pdf &&
make -C doc ps

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/cpio-2.15/html &&
install -v -m644    doc/html/* \
                    /usr/share/doc/cpio-2.15/html &&
install -v -m644    doc/cpio.{html,txt} \

If you built PDF or Postscript documentation, install it by issuing the following commands as the root user:

install -v -m644 doc/cpio.{pdf,ps,dvi} \

Command Explanations

--enable-mt: This parameter forces the building and installation of the mt program.

--with-rmt=/usr/libexec/rmt: This parameter inhibits building the rmt program as it is already installed by the Tar package in LFS.


Installed Programs: cpio and mt
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/cpio-2.15

Short Descriptions


copies files to and from archives


controls magnetic tape drive operations