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Book Review: Autotools by John Calcote

Sometimes package developers are tempted to set user variables such as CFLAGS because it appears to make their job easier. If F77 is not already set in the environment, then check for g77 and f77and then some other names. Debugging and optimization options for the Fortran 77 compiler. Any actual int value returned is not used; this is only a difference in the function prototype demanded. Execute action-if-fails if the value cannot be determined correctly.

If configure detects this, it executes action-if-universal instead of action-if-unknown. In autooconf case, the above code generates a compile-time error, but some other behavior e.

Include text at the bottom of the header template file. Fortunately, GNU provides a solution: You most probably don’t need to use this in configure.

ahtotools Check whether to enable assertions in the style of assert. Generic HeadersPrevious: You are commenting using your Twitter account. The common installation prefix for all files. System ServicesUp: Compilers and PreprocessorsUp: Mail bug reports to the Autoconf Bugs mailing list.

These macros are noted in the individual descriptions see Existing Testsand they also warn you when configure is created if they are called out of order.

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If the output of running the preprocessor on program matches the extended regular expression patternexecute shell commands giudeotherwise execute action-if-not-found. This example includes all of the optional files, such as aclocal. Configuration LinksPrevious: This macro is intended to be used in those situations when it is necessary to mix, e.


Installation Directory VariablesUp: Otherwise, check for each program in the blank-separated list progs-to-check-for existing in path. As of Autoconf 2. However, this test does not test unsigned long long int values in preprocessor if expressions, because ugide many compilers mishandle such expressions. New programs should use Gnulib’s lstat module. This macro tries various options that select standard-conformance modes on various systems.

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This causes two problems. To support cross compilation in which case, the macro only works on autoyools that use twos-complement arithmeticit should be possible to evaluate the expression at compile-time. These other tools take on jobs like the creation of a portable, recursive makefile with all practival the standard targets, linking of shared libraries, and so on.

To allocate and use such an object, you can use code like this: Trying to link with the function is usually a more reliable approach because it avoids dealing with the variations in the options and output formats of nm and ar and in the location of the standard libraries. Store into the shell variable var the value of the integer expression. This section is dedicated to these source samples.

If action-if-not-found is given, it is executed when one of the header files is not found. Writing Autoconf Input 3. The macro currently requires Fortran 90 or a newer dialect. The spot was taken not by me but instead by John Calcote, with his Autotools: Actually requiring a header to compile improves the robustness of the test, but it also requires that you make sure that headers that must be included before the header-file be part of the includessee Default Includes.

Autocojf macro was introduced in Autoconf 2. The primary goal of Autoconf is making the user’s life easier; making the maintainer’s life easier is only a secondary goal. If prcatical mode is enabled this is the case if either the compiler being used does not produce executables that run on the system where configure is being run, or if the options –build and –host were both specified and their values are differentthen the test program is not run.


If you are using Autohools Automake, the remaining details in this section practicsl already covered for you, based on the contents of your Makefile. If needed, action-if-true can further access the just-compiled object file conftest.

They provide ways for other macros to check whether various kinds of features are available and report the results. Particular Functions q, Up: Set output variable ERL to the complete path of the interpreter command found.

If CC is not already set in the environment, check for gcc and ccthen for other C compilers. The user of configure can select a different prefix using the –prefix and –exec-prefix options. And anyway, that may help the user understand she is running a Fortran macro while expecting a result about her Fortran 77 compiler These results vary according to whether lex or flex is being used.

Its components are typically shared at the source level, rather than being a library that gets built, installed, and linked against.

Debugging and optimization options for the Erlang compiler. Multiple –trace arguments can be used to list several macros. It shows a stirring ecosystem of people working around Autotools; even though we disagree on views and in some autotpols details, his is the only current and complete text on the tools of the trade.