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A GNU tool for automatically configuring source code

GNU's Autoconf is a tool for configuring source code and Makefiles. Using Autoconf, programmers can create portable and configurable packages, since the person building the package is allowed to specify various configuration options.

You should install Autoconf if you are developing software and you would like to use it to create shell scripts that will 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.

Package version:2.13



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 use, in the fo


Major changes in release 2.13:

* Support for building on Win32 systems where the only available C or
  C++ compiler is the Microsoft Visual C++ command line compiler
  (`cl').  Additional support for building on Win32 systems which are
  using the Cygwin or Mingw32 environments.
* Support for alternative object file and executable file extensions.
  On Win32, for example, these are .obj and .exe.


-*- outline -*-

Things it might be nice to do someday.  I haven't evaluated all of
these suggestions... their presence here doesn't imply my endorsement.


* Make AC_CHECK_LIB check whether the function is already available
  before checking for the library.  This might involve adding another
  kind of cache varia


Written by David MacKenzie, with help from
Franc,ois Pinard, Karl Berry, Richard Pixley, Ian Lance T


		       Version 2, June 1991

 Copyright (C) 1989, 1991 Free Softw

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