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automake, aclocal -- Create Makefiles from template files
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automake - automatically create Makefile.in's from Makefile.am's
automake [ -a | --add-missing ] [ --amdir=DIR ] [ --build-dir=DIR ] [ -c | --copy ] [ --cygnus ] [ -f | --force-missing ] [ --foreign ] [
--gnits ] [ --gnu ] [ --help ] [ -i | --ignore-deps ] [ --include-deps ] [ --no-force ] [ -o DIR ] [ --output-dir=DIR ] [ --srcdir-name=DIR
] [ -v | --verbose ] [ --version ] [ --Werror | --Wno-error ]
To create all the Makefile.ins for a package, run the automake program in the top level directory, with no arguments. automake will auto-
matically find each appropriate Makefile.am (by scanning configure.in) and generate the corresponding Makefile.in. Note that automake has
a rather simplistic view of what constitutes a package; it assumes that a package has only one configure.in, at the top. If your package
has multiple configure.ins, then you must run automake in each directory holding a configure.in.
You can optionally give automake an argument; .am is appended to the argument and the result is used as the name of the input file. This
feature is generally only used to automatically rebuild an out-of-date Makefile.in. Note that automake must always be run from the topmost
directory of a project, even if being used to regenerate the Makefile.in in some subdirectory. This is necessary because automake must
scan configure.in, and because automake uses the knowledge that a Makefile.in is in a subdirectory to change its behavior in some cases.
automake accepts the following options:
Automake requires certain common files to exist in certain situations; for instance config.guess is required if configure.in runs
AC_CANONICAL_HOST. Automake is distributed with several of these files; this option will cause the missing ones to be automatically
added to the package, whenever possible. In general if Automake tells you a file is missing, try using this option. By default
Automake tries to make a symbolic link pointing to its own copy of the missing file; this can be changed with --copy.
Look for Automake data files in directory DIR instead of in the installation directory. This is typically used for debugging.
--copy When used with --add-missing, causes installed files to be copied. The default is to make a symbolic link.
Causes the generated Makefile.ins to follow Cygnus rules, instead of GNU or Gnits rules.
When used with --add-missing, causes standard files to be rebuilt even if they already exist in the source tree. This involves
removing the file from the source tree before creating the new symlink (or, with --copy, copying the new file).
Set the global strictness to foreign.
Set the global strictness to gnits.
--gnu Set the global strictness to gnu. This is the default strictness.
--help Print a summary of the command line options and exit.
This disables the dependency tracking feature.
This enables the dependency tracking feature. This feature is enabled by default. This option is provided for historical reasons
only and probably should not be used.
Ordinarily automake creates all Makefile.ins mentioned in configure.in. This option causes it to only update those Makefile.ins
which are out of date with respect to one of their dependents.
Put the generated Makefile.in in the directory DIR. Ordinarily each Makefile.in is created in the directory of the corresponding
Makefile.am. This option is used when making distributions.
Cause Automake to print information about which files are being read or created.
Print the version number of Automake and exit.
--Werror will cause all warnings issued by automake to become errors. Errors affect the exit status of automake, while warnings do
not. --Wno-error, the default, causes warning to be treated as warnings only.
SEE ALSO aclocal(1), and the Texinfo documentation for automake
Automake was written primarily by David Mackenzie and Tom Tromey. This manpage written by Ben Pfaff <email@example.com> for the
Debian GNU/Linux automake package.
28 Jan 2002 AUTOMAKE(1)