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Autotools by John Calcote

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Chapter 5. AUTOMATIC MAKEFILES WITH AUTOMAKE

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

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Shortly after Autoconf began its journey to success, David MacKenzie started working on a new tool for automatically generating makefiles for a GNU project: Automake. During early development of the GNU Coding Standards, it became apparent to MacKenzie that because the GCS is fairly specific about how and where a project's products should be built, tested, and installed, much of a GNU project makefile was boilerplate material. Automake takes advantage of this fact to make maintainers' lives ...

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