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Automake includes support for natively compiled Java, using gcj, the Java front end to the GNU Compiler Collection (rudimentary support for compiling Java to bytecode using the javac compiler is also present, albeit deprecated; see Java).
Any package including Java code to be compiled must define the output
GCJ in configure.ac; the variable
must also be defined somehow (either in configure.ac or
Makefile.am). The simplest way to do this is to use the
By default, programs including Java source files are linked with gcj.
As always, the contents of
AM_GCJFLAGS are passed to every
compilation invoking gcj (in its role as an ahead-of-time
compiler, when invoking it to create .class files,
AM_JAVACFLAGS is used instead). If it is necessary to pass
options to gcj from Makefile.am, this variable, and not
the user variable
GCJFLAGS, should be used.
gcj can be used to compile .java, .class, .zip, or .jar files.
When linking, gcj requires that the main class be specified
using the --main= option. The easiest way to do this is to use
_LDFLAGS variable for the program.