Introduction to libassuan

The libassuan package contains an inter process communication library used by some of the other GnuPG related packages. libassuan's primary use is to allow a client to interact with a non-persistent server. libassuan is not, however, limited to use with GnuPG servers and clients. It was designed to be flexible enough to meet the demands of many transaction based environments with non-persistent servers.

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

Package Information

libassuan Dependencies




texlive-20230313 (or install-tl-unx)

Installation of libassuan

Install libassuan by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make                      &&

make -C doc html                                                       &&
makeinfo --html --no-split -o doc/assuan_nochunks.html doc/assuan.texi &&
makeinfo --plaintext       -o doc/assuan.txt           doc/assuan.texi

The above commands build the documentation in html and plaintext formats. If you wish to build alternate formats of the documentation, you must have texlive-20230313 installed and issue the following commands:

make -C doc pdf ps

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&

install -v -dm755   /usr/share/doc/libassuan-2.5.6/html &&
install -v -m644 doc/assuan.html/* \
                    /usr/share/doc/libassuan-2.5.6/html &&
install -v -m644 doc/assuan_nochunks.html \
                    /usr/share/doc/libassuan-2.5.6      &&
install -v -m644 doc/assuan.{txt,texi} \

If you built alternate formats of the documentation, install them by running the following commands as the root user:

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


Installed Program: libassuan-config
Installed Library:
Installed Directory: /usr/share/doc/libassuan-2.5.6

Short Descriptions


is a libassuan build information script

is an inter process communication library which implements the Assuan protocol