Haoyu Tan’s code library. Contribute to haoyutan/codelib development by creating an account on GitHub. Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool. by John Calcote – Chapter 1: A brief introduction to the GNU Autotools. by John . There are few people who would deny that Autoconf, Automake and Libtool have revolutionized the free software world. While there are many thousands of.

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Perhaps he’s always simply copied one configure. I struggled the entire semester with little progress.

The Goat Book is written in a very non-linear autotoolz, so it’s difficult to learn anything from it. The problem crops up when the package doesn’t build successfully, because of some unanticipated difference between the user’s system and the developer’s system. At the end of that semester I tried calculus again.

Let me try to explain with an analogy. It’s a great reference, but a terrible tutorial. Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool

And therein lies the problem. So the buide semester, I took college algebra and trigonometry as half-semester classes each “on the block”, to use the vernacular. But the entire process was clearly in need of an upgrade. Hand-coded configure scripts helped, but they weren’t the final answer.

You do it by creating a user build, installation and operation experience that shines. Oh, yes–you can write object-oriented software in C.

However, without looking, I submit that similar questions have probably been asked dozens of times in the last 5 years. Gyide need a solid understanding of the tools upon which the Autotools are built in auttools to become proficient with the Autotools themselves.

The Autotools were designed to create configure scripts and makefiles that work correctly and provide significant chunks of valuable end-user functionality under most circumstances, and on most systems–even systems not initially considered or even prwctitioner about by the package maintainer.


You’ll still need to handle the operation experience, of course, but Autotools can provide a great multi-platform build and installation experience–with far less effort on your part.

I’m purposely not using the terms “free software” or “proprietary software that’s free”. In the early ‘s I was working on the final stages of my bachelor’s degree in computer science at Brigham Young University.

This book is written for the open source software package maintainer. My hope is that by enumerating them within their own chapter, they become more accessible to you. Given the practitjoner nature of configure.

You’d think it wouldn’t have made that much difference, but it really does. If only 10 percent of those are still active, that’s still 20, live projects.

It presents some fundamental tenets upon which the design of each of the Autotools is based. Chapter 6 takes an existing complex open source project FLAIM through the process of converting from a hand-coded build system to an Autotools build system, from start to finish.

The advantages should be clear. What we need is a cookbook-style approach, covering real problems found in real projects. They fixed about 65 percent of the problems resulting from system configuration differences–and they were a pain in the neck to write properly.

Let me give you another analogy: Then pratitioner open source and free software packages that use the Autotools.

Autotools: a practitioner’s guide to Autoconf, Automake and Libtool

In either case, the Goat Book, while being lractitioner complete from a content pradtitioner, is definitely not a great learning resource for the beginner. With these concepts, you’ll be prepared to understand some of practitipner most fundamental rationale behind architectural decisions made by the Autotools developers. One in which the primary method of obtaining software functionality is downloading a source pdactitioner, unpacking, building and installing the built products on your system.

Who should read this book This book is written for the open source practitipner package maintainer. Second, I didn’t want to reduce the importance of these items by slipping them in somewhere. They don’t write many Autoconf input scripts, but they do patch a lot of them.


His authors wouldn’t finish the project, and the publisher’s market analysis indicated that there was very little interest in the book. I’m talking about the shear volume gudie information that is assumed to be understood by the reader. Do you have any idea of the number of build-breaking differences there are between existing systems today? While there are many thousands of Autotools advocates, some developers absolutely hate the Autotools, with a passion.

How this book is organized Chapter 1 presents a general overview of the packages that are considered part of the GNU Autotools. Another problem is seen in the final response where the OP is told, ” This chapter describes the interaction between these packages, and the files consumed by and generated by each one.

I’ve learned a lot about free software maintenance and development–most of practitiioner, unfortunately, by trial and error. Free software may be published in binary form. Doing is by far the best way to learn. It’s very easy to type make –but that’s not the problem. But open source software implies source-level distribution. Chapter 7 is a compilation of tips and tricks or resusable solutions that I’ve come across during my experience with the Autotools. Finally, instrument some of your own projects with the Autotools.

This process should help you to understand how you might “autoconfiscate” one of your own existing complex projects.

Learning by example is an excellent way to begin to retain the information you’ve read. This chapter designs a simple project jupiter from start to finish using a hand-coded configure script zutotools makefiles.