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Re: Possible to use Automake without Autoconf/config script?

From: Earnie Boyd
Subject: Re: Possible to use Automake without Autoconf/config script?
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 07:36:05 -0400
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address@hidden wrote: is the high level description
of Makefile(s) desired.  Makefiles are created by

No automake creates the that is used by the autoconf configure script to create the Makefile. Automake uses both the template and configure.[ac|in] template to create the

If I'm not mistaken, the purpose of
is to be a "modified" that is
adjusted with regards to specifics of local
platform.  ( of course is created by
configure script.)

You are mistaken. The describes the build process to the configure script so that it can create the Makefile. The is a required file of a package distribution. It is an aid to configure so that the automagic of substitution can take place.

If one was only interested in Automake and not
portability, could one bypass
and just use Automake independently of Autoconfig?

No. Automake is an aid to the creation of that is used by the configure script. It is not a replacement for autoconf, it does not directly build a usable Makefile. Its intended purpose is to create templates for autoconfized configure scripts.

i.e. is there maybe some automake switch to
accept rather than

Uhm, automake's input is and it's output is


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