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-8.3 platform.

Package Information

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libpcap Dependencies


BlueZ-5.50, libnl-3.4.0, libusb-1.0.22, Software distribution for the DAG, and Septel range of passive network monitoring cards.

User Notes:

Installation of libpcap

Install libpcap by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../libpcap-1.9.0-enable_bluetooth-1.patch &&

./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

Command Explanations

--enable-bluetooth=no: Necessary, if the recommended patch is not applied, because since 1.6.1 this application needs a fix, in order to build with bluez-5.21.


Installed Program: pcap-config
Installed Libraries:, libpcap.a (optional)
Installed Directory: /usr/include/pcap

Short Descriptions


provides configuration information for libpcap.


are libraries used for user-level packet capture.

Last updated on 2018-08-18 16:41:06 -0700