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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It builds on jupiter in a step-wise fashion, as we begin to discover useful functionality to make our’s and our end-users’ tasks simpler, relative to the jupiter project. They’re free, autotkols links are provided in the References section of this book, but they’re easy to find with a simple internet query.

What a dream of a tool to work with–I love it! Put enough of these under your belt and overall mastery of the Autotools is ultimately inevitable.

The use of the term “open source” is critical in this context. They fixed about 65 percent of the problems resulting from system configuration differences–and they were a pain in the neck to write properly.

If so, does he realize he’s running it when he executes “autoconf” to generate his configure script? I recommend that you give this chapter a quick read to start with, and then come back to it later, after you’ve read the rest of this book.

Then study open source and free software packages that use the Autotools. I’ve left a LOT of details out of practktioner book, because my purpose is to quickly get you up practltioner speed on understanding and using the Autotools.

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

I’d been away from math classes for about three years when I took my first college calculus course. Who should read this book This book is written for the open source software package maintainer. Source-level distribution relegates a particular portion of the responsibility of software development to the end-user that has traditionally been assumed by the software developer.


What to do, what to do Finally, the References section includes relevant links to the best material on Autotools available on the internet, including manuals and tutorials. So the next semester, I took college algebra and trigonometry as half-semester classes each “on the block”, to use the vernacular.

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

If so, he may just assume that the square brackets are necessary around each parameter in an Autoconf macro. I’ve been in this industry for 25 years, and I’ve worked with free software for quite some time now. My hope is that by enumerating them within their own chapter, they become more accessible to you. The most widely adopted approach from the earliest days of the open source movement was to make the package build process as simple as possible for the end user, such that she could perform a few well-known steps and have your package cleanly installed on her system.

This chapter describes the interaction between these packages, and the files consumed by and generated by each one. The initial reading will reduce the frustration of this exercise to something bearable. They’re generally quiet on mailing lists–asking an occasional well-considered question when they really need to–but lurking and learning, for the most part. It’s a great reference, but a terrible tutorial.

In fairness to the authors, they have maintained an online version through February of With these concepts, you’ll be prepared to understand some of the most fundamental rationale behind architectural decisions made by the Autotools developers. Let’s analyze this picture: Now, it’s truly prwctitioner that we have experts on mailing lists who are so willing to respond cheerfully to questions like this, and so quickly–this exchange took place within a few hours.


Finally, instrument some of your own projects with the Autotools. But this high-level functionality comes at a price–you have to learn to understand what the compiler is doing for you, so you can write your code in a way that complements it. And yet a large percentage of their readership today are young people just starting out with Unix and Linux, and most of their issues center around Unix utilities not generally associated with the Autotools.

You can instead use dnl to ignore the trailing whitespace, provided the closing paren is in column 1. The example provided by this chapter will use the concepts presented in previous chapters to take it from the original hand-coded makefiles to a complete Autotools project, implementing all of the features provided by the original build system. Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed after reading Chapter 1.

You do it by creating a user build, installation and operation experience that shines. Many of them have a fairly solid understanding of the Autotools by now, but at what expense in time and effort did they gain this understanding? For example, here’s a message I came autotkols a few days ago while I was perusing the Autoconf mailing list: