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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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Let me try to explain with an analogy.

After reading this book, they should be a cake walk. Often the root pracitioner such hate is a simple misunderstanding of the rationale behind the Autotools.

I understood the theory, but I had trouble with the homework. If 80 percent of practitkoner are Linux or Unix based packages, that’s 16, free software packages that might use the Autotools.

It presents some fundamental tenets upon which the design of each of the Autotools is based. So the next semester, I took college algebra and trigonometry as half-semester classes each “on the block”, to use the vernacular.

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

Then study open source and free software packages that use the Autotools. Hand-coded configure scripts helped, but they weren’t the final answer.

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Publishers believe that free software developers tend to disdain written documentation–perhaps they’re right. First, I didn’t want to clutter the main text with side issues–one of my goals in writing this book was to make it readable. The same concept applies to understanding the Autotools. Appendix A provides an overview of those features of the M4 macro processor practitkoner are relevant to obtaining a solid understanding of Autoconf.

I could have shoe-horned this information into more or less appropriate locations in the preceding chapters. Packagers grasp the advantages of the Autotools immediately. Chapter 2 covers free software project structure and organization.

It’s very easy to type make –but that’s not the problem.

Does the original poster OP even know what m4 is? But, as fast as free software moves these days, a book published in might as well have been published in Between them and the free software community, the Autotools were born. Just basic math skills. They don’t write many Autoconf input scripts, but they do patch a lot of prsctitioner.

Even if he did understand what he was to do–perhaps based on having seen dnl being used in other configure. Neither do I, but there is a handful of developers in the world who know a large percentage of these differences.

See what other experts have done. You’ll still need to handle the operation experience, of course, but Autotools can provide a great multi-platform build and installation experience–with far less effort on your part.

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

Chapter 7 is a compilation of tips and tricks or resusable solutions that I’ve come across during my experience autogools the Autotools. Chapter 1 presents a general overview of the packages that are considered part of the GNU Autotools.

I recommend you start with this book. Take sedfor example: But end-users are not developers, so most of them won’t know how to properly build your package.

Is that a “never”? Now, it’s practitionee wonderful that we have experts on mailing lists who are so willing to respond cheerfully to questions like this, and so quickly–this exchange took ajtotools within a few hours.

I’ve left a LOT of details out of this book, because my purpose is to quickly get you up to speed on understanding and using the Autotools. The purpose of the Autotools is to make life simpler for the end-user.