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GNU Automake

This manual is for GNU Automake (version 1.12.2a, 9 July 2012), a program that creates GNU standards-compliant Makefiles from template files.

Copyright © 1995-2012 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled “GNU Free Documentation License.”

--- The Detailed Node Listing ---

An Introduction to the Autotools

Use Cases for the GNU Build System

A Small Hello World

General ideas

Some example packages

Scanning, using aclocal

Auto-generating aclocal.m4

Autoconf macros supplied with Automake


Conditional Subdirectories

Building Programs and Libraries

Building a program

Building a Shared Library

Common Issues Related to Libtool's Use

Fortran 77 Support

Mixing Fortran 77 With C and C++

Fortran 9x Support

Other Derived Objects

Built Sources

Other GNU Tools

Building documentation

What Gets Installed

What Goes in a Distribution

Support for test suites

Simple Tests

Using the TAP test protocol

Custom Test Drivers

API for Custom Test Drivers

Changing Automake's Behavior

Miscellaneous Rules


Silencing Make

When Automake Isn't Enough

Frequently Asked Questions about Automake

Copying This Manual