Introduction to Popt

The popt package contains the popt libraries which are used by some programs to parse command-line options.



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Package Information

popt Dependencies


Doxygen-1.9.8 (for generating documentation)

Installation of Popt

Install popt by running the following commands:

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

If you have Doxygen-1.9.8 installed and wish to build the API documentation, issue:

sed -i 's@\./@src/@' Doxyfile &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you built the API documentation, install it using the following commands issued by the root user:

install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/popt-1.19 &&
install -v -m644 doxygen/html/* /usr/share/doc/popt-1.19

Command Explanations

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


Installed Programs: None
Installed Library: libpopt.so
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/popt-1.19

Short Descriptions


is used to parse command-line options