Introduction to libpcap

libpcap provides functions for user-level packet capture, used in low-level network monitoring.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.5 platform.

Package Information

libpcap Dependencies


BlueZ-4.101, Software distribution for the DAG, libnl-3.2.24, libusb-1.0.18 and Septel range of passive network monitoring cards.

User Notes:

Installation of libpcap

Install libpcap by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

If you want to disable installing the static library, use this sed:

sed -i '/INSTALL_DATA.*libpcap.a\|RANLIB.*libpcap.a/ s/^/#/' Makefile

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Program: libpcap-config
Installed Libraries: libpcap.{a,so}
Installed Directory: /usr/include/pcap

Short Descriptions


provides configuration information for libpcap.


are libraries used for user-level packet capture.

Last updated on 2014-02-17 15:16:31 -0800