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You should install Autoconf if you are developing software and would like to create shell scripts that configure your source code packages. If you are installing Autoconf, you will also need to install the GNU m4 package.
Note that the Autoconf package is not required for the end-user who may be configuring software with an Autoconf-generated script; Autoconf is only required for the generation of the scripts, not their use.
-*- text -*- Autoconf Autoconf is an extensible package of M4 macros that produce shell scripts to automatically configure software source code packages. These scripts can adapt the packages to many kinds of UNIX-like systems without manual user intervention. Autoconf creates a configuration script for a package from a template file that lists the operating system features that the package can more»
GNU Autoconf NEWS - User visible changes. * Major changes in Autoconf 2.63 (2008-09-09) [stable] Released by Eric Blake, based on git versions 2.62.*. ** AC_C_BIGENDIAN does not mistakenly report "universal" for some bigendian hosts, a regression introduced with universal binary support in 2.62. ** AC_PATH_X now includes /lib64 and /usr/lib64 in its list of default library directorie more»
AUTOCONF(1) User Commands AUTOCONF(1) NAME autoconf - Generate configuration scripts SYNOPSIS autoconf [OPTION]... [TEMPLATE-FILE] DESCRIPTION Generate a configuration script from a TEMPLATE-FILE if given, or `configure.ac' if present, or else `configure.in'. Output is sent to the standard output if TEMPLATE-FILE is more»
AUTOHEADER(1) User Commands AUTOHEADER(1) NAME autoheader - Cre more»
AUTOM4TE(1) User Commands AUTOM4TE(1) NAME autom4te - Gener more»
AUTORECONF(1) User Commands AUTORECONF(1) NAME autoreconf - Upd more»
AUTOSCAN(1) User Commands AUTOSCAN(1) NAME autoscan - Gener more»
AUTOUPDATE(1) User Commands AUTOUPDATE(1) NAME autoupdate - Upd more»