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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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.

Perhaps he’s always simply copied one configure. What we need is a cookbook-style approach, covering real problems found in real projects.

The most basic single-line Makefile. Does the OP understand the concept of quoting as it relates to m4 or to Autoconf? See what other experts have done. What was missing the first time? Neither do I, but there is a handful of developers in practitiondr world who know a large percentage of these differences.

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

Each of those packages has at least one maintainer–often two or three. You’d think it wouldn’t have made that much difference, but it really does. Learning by example is an excellent way to begin to retain the information you’ve read. The Goat Book is written in a very non-linear fashion, so it’s difficult to learn anything from it. So, returning to that passionate hate felt by some developers toward the Autotools: Not because mailing list posters don’t read the archives although I’ll admit that they probably don’t often do sobut rather because this problem can rear its ugly head in many different ways, none of which look remotely related to each other in the eyes of the uninitiated.


The purpose of the Autotools is to make life simpler for the end-user. How this book is organized Chapter 1 presents a general overview of the packages that are considered part of the GNU Autotools.

The Autotools manuals are well-written and concise, but more importantly, they’re complete. Pick up the manuals. What to do, what to do Understanding how something works under the covers is often a good autotoolw to master a topic, but a general introduction at an appropriate point in higher-level discussions can make all the difference to a beginner.

Hand-coded configure scripts helped, but they weren’t the final answer. The details will become clear later. Appendix A aautotools an overview of those features of the M4 macro processor that are relevant to obtaining a solid understanding pracitioner Autoconf.

The most widely adopted approach from the earliest days of the open source movement was to make the package build process as simple as possible for the end user, such that she could perform a few well-known steps and have your package cleanly installed on her system. Does the original poster OP even know what m4 is? Practitiomer you are required to manage all of the details yourself.

I’d been away from math classes for about three years when I took my first college calculus course. License Autotoosl copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved. While there are many thousands of Autotools advocates, some developers absolutely hate the Autotools, with a passion.

For example, here’s a message I came across a few days ago while I was perusing the Autoconf mailing list: Dozens of changes were made incrementally over a period of years, until the script would work properly on most systems anyone cared about.


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

No open source project was ever successful until it had a well-established user base, and you don’t get there by alienating your users.

Let me try to explain with an analogy. Oh, yes–you can write object-oriented software in C. The project is built on principles taken from these two documents. This chapter describes the interaction between these packages, and the files consumed by and generated by each one. But don’t stop there.

How do you become such an expert? Chapter 6 takes an existing complex open source project FLAIM through the process of converting from a hand-coded build system to an Autotools build system, from start to finish.

I could have shoe-horned this information into more or less appropriate locations in the preceding chapters.

So the next semester, I took college algebra and trigonometry as half-semester classes each “on the block”, to use the vernacular. 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.

Source-level distribution relegates a particular portion sutotools the responsibility of aautotools development to the end-user that has traditionally been assumed by the software developer. Another problem is seen in the final response where the OP is told, ” I’m talking about the shear volume of information that is assumed to be understood by the reader.