Haoyu Tan’s code library. Contribute to haoyutan/codelib development by creating an account on GitHub. Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool. by John Calcote – Chapter 1: A brief introduction to the GNU Autotools. by John . There are few people who would deny that Autoconf, Automake and Libtool have revolutionized the free software world. While there are many thousands of.

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If so, does he realize he’s running it when he executes “autoconf” to generate his configure script?

Proprietary software may be given away. Learning by example is an excellent way to begin to retain the information you’ve read.

For example, here’s a message I came across a few days ago while I was perusing the Autoconf mailing list:. Another problem is seen in the final response where the OP is told, ” His authors wouldn’t finish the project, and the publisher’s market analysis indicated that there was very little interest in the book. Doing is by far the best way to learn. If you get your head screwed on straight about the primary purpose of the Autotools, then hate quickly turns into respect–and even appreciation.

The problem crops up when the package doesn’t build successfully, because of some unanticipated difference between the user’s system and the developer’s system. All of this explains why there are ten books on the shelf with animal pictures on the cover for perl, but literally nothing for free software developers. Is that a “never”? Had there been other books on the topic, I would have snatched them all up immediately, rather than spend hours–even days sometimes–trying to get the Autotools to do something I could have done in a makefile in a few minutes.


There are few people who would deny that Autoconf, Automake and Libtool have revolutionized the free software world. So the next semester, I took college algebra and trigonometry as half-semester classes each “on the block”, to use the vernacular. It builds on jupiter in a step-wise fashion, as we begin to discover useful functionality to make our’s and our end-users’ tasks simpler, relative to the jupiter project.

Interestingly, books on Perl sell like Perl’s going out of style–which is actually somewhat true these days–and yet people are still buying enough Perl books to keep their publishers happy. While there are many thousands of Autotools advocates, some developers absolutely hate the Autotools, with a passion.

Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool

Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved. Dozens of changes were made incrementally over a period of years, until the script would work properly on most systems anyone cared about. The Goat Book is written in a very non-linear fashion, so it’s difficult to learn anything from it.

Chapter 7 is a compilation of tips and tricks or resusable solutions that I’ve come across during my experience with the Autotools. But, as fast as free software moves these days, a book published in might as well have been published in Each gulde those maintainers probably uses or has tried to use the Autotools. Autotkols example provided by this chapter will use the concepts presented in previous chapters to take it from the original hand-coded makefiles to a complete Autotools project, implementing all of the features provided by the original build system.

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The initial reading will reduce the frustration of this exercise to something bearable.

Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool

You do it by creating a user build, installation and pracyitioner experience that shines. But you are required to manage all of the details yourself. The advantages should be clear. Many of them have a fairly solid understanding of the Autotools by now, but at what expense in time and effort did they gain this understanding?

Regardless, you can bet there are other mailing list readers who experienced far more confusion over this exchange. What was missing the first time? I could have shoe-horned this information into more or less appropriate locations in the preceding chapters. I’ve been in this industry for 25 years, and I’ve worked with free software for quite some time now. Thus practitionrr born guude ubiquitous configure script–initially a simple shell script that configured the end-user’s environment so that the make utility could successfully build a source package on the end-user’s system.

What we need is a cookbook-style approach, covering real problems found in real projects. You can instead autotokls dnl to ignore the trailing whitespace, provided the closing paren is in column 1. Often the root of such hate is a simple misunderstanding of the rationale behind the Autotools.