Introduction to libarchive

The libarchive library provides a single interface for reading/writing various compression formats.

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

Package Information

libarchive Dependencies


libxml2-2.12.5, LZO-2.10, and Nettle-3.9.1

Installation of libarchive

Install libarchive by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To test the results, issue: LC_ALL=C make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

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

--without-xml2: This switch sets expat for xar archive format support instead of preferred libxml2 if both packages are installed.

--without-nettle: This switch sets OpenSSL for crypto support instead of preferred Nettle if both packages are installed.


Installed Programs: bsdcat, bsdcpio, bsdtar, and bsdunzip
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


expands files to standard output


is a tool similar to cpio


is a tool similar to GNU tar


is a tool similar to Info-ZIP unzip

is a library that can create and read several streaming archive formats