8.36. Libtool-2.4.7

The Libtool package contains the GNU generic library support script. It makes the use of shared libraries simpler with a consistent, portable interface.

Approximate build time: 0.6 SBU
Required disk space: 45 MB

8.36.1. Installation of Libtool

Prepare Libtool for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make -k check

Five tests are known to fail in the LFS build environment due to a circular dependency, but these tests pass if rechecked after automake has been installed. Additionally, with grep-3.8 or newer, two tests will trigger a warning for non-POSIX regular expressions and fail.

Install the package:

make install

Remove a useless static library:

rm -fv /usr/lib/libltdl.a

8.36.2. Contents of Libtool

Installed programs: libtool and libtoolize
Installed libraries: libltdl.so
Installed directories: /usr/include/libltdl and /usr/share/libtool

Short Descriptions


Provides generalized library-building support services


Provides a standard way to add libtool support to a package


Hides the various difficulties of opening dynamically loaded libraries