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If guids need portability to DOS variants, do not name the auxiliary directory aux. This directory usually has a subdirectory per locale. And keep it up to date in multiple small projects which I want to share. Past bug reports are archived. Configuring independent packages together Default Prefix: The latter is more common e.

Shell script portability pitfalls Portable Make: The fact that there is a well-defined list of symbols that should be defined or not is also important for people who are porting packages to environments where configure cannot be run: It is not considered to be an autlconf error if a child’s invocation of signal modifies the parent’s signal handler, since child processes rarely change their signal handlers.

To create a configure script with Autoconf, you need to write an Autoconf input file configure. See Volatile Objectsfor more about volatile. The files that configure creates are: They should exit with status 0 if the test succeeds, and practica, status 1 otherwise, so that success can be distinguished easily from a core dump or other failure; segmentation violations and other failures produce a nonzero exit status. You should be extremely cautious in your variable names: If cross-compilation mode is enabled this is the case if either the compiler being used does not produce executables that run on the system where configure is being run, or if the options –build and –host were both specified and their values are differentthen the test program is not run.


This is because exit predates voidand there was a long tradition of it returning int.

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If those attempts fail, it looks for the function in the standard C library. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: One can then run: In this chapter, we introduce you to those tools, point you ;ractical sources of more information, and try to convince you to use the entire GNU build system for your software.

Input files should be text files, and a line length below bytes should be safe. This is for historical reasons.

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Autoconf requires GNU M4 version 1. By default it’s the same as prefix. There is no distribution tarball; developers should just grab source modules from the repository.

This check is a safety measure to prevent you guidee accidentally leaving that file out, which would prevent your package from installing on systems that don’t have a BSD-compatible install program.


For example, these two approaches in practial. If action-if-not-found is given, it is executed when one of the types is not found. Before each check, they print a one-line message stating what they are checking for, so the user doesn’t get too bored while waiting for the script to finish.

With its solution-oriented instruction and cookbook-style approach, Autotools: Xutotools provide ways for other macros to check whether various kinds of features are available and report the results.

If the package developer needs to add switches without interfering with the user, the proper way to do that is to introduce an additional variable.

Makefile SubstitutionsPrevious: Whereas in C, for instance, data and instructions have different syntactic status, in Autoconf their status is rigorously the same.

For this reason we suggest that test programs not invoke exitbut return from main instead. The dest and source names should be relative to the top level source or build yuide.

Resist the temptation of following the easiest path. Those files can contain your site’s or the package’s own Autoconf macro definitions see Writing Autoconf Macrosfor more information.

You most probably don’t need to use this in configure.

This should be called before any macros that run the C compiler. It is recommended that only one input file is used.