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From: Akim Demaille
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 18:34:21 +0100
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 Thien-Thi> From: Akim Demaille <address@hidden>
 Thien-Thi> Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 13:04:01 +0100

 Thien-Thi> That was a bug.

 Thien-Thi> you (additionally, eventually) need to address AC_CONFIG_FILES /
 Thien-Thi> AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS interaction -- that is: how should one go about
 Thien-Thi> getting both features to work w/ the same tag.  that is the deeper
 Thien-Thi> question.

Performing Configuration Actions

   `configure' is designed so that it appears to do everything itself,
but there is actually a hidden slave: `config.status'.  `configure' is
in charge of examining your system, but it is `config.status' that
actually takes the proper actions based on the results of `configure'.
The most typical task of `config.status' is to _instantiate_ files.

   This section describes the common behavior of the four standard
instantiating macros: `AC_CONFIG_FILES', `AC_CONFIG_HEADERS',
`AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS' and `AC_CONFIG_LINKS'.  They all have this


where the arguments are:

     A whitespace-separated list of tags, which are typically the names
     of the files to instantiate.
     You are encouraged to use literals as TAGS.  In particular, you
     should avoid

          ... && my_foos="$my_foos fooo"
          ... && my_foos="$my_foos foooo"

     and use this instead:

          ... && AC_CONFIG_FOOS(fooo)
          ... && AC_CONFIG_FOOS(foooo)
     The macros `AC_CONFIG_FILES' and `AC_CONFIG_HEADERS' use special
     TAGs: they may have the form `OUTPUT' or `OUTPUT:INPUTS'.  The
     file OUTPUT is instantiated from its templates, INPUTS (defaulting
     to `OUTPUT.in').

     For instance
     `AC_CONFIG_FILES(Makefile:boiler/top.mk:boiler/bot.mk)' asks for
     the creation of `Makefile' that will be the expansion of the
     output variables in the concatenation of `boiler/top.mk' and

     The special value `-' might be used to denote the standard output
     when used in OUTPUT, or the standard input when used in the
     INPUTS.  You most probably don't need to use this in
     `configure.ac', but it is convenient when using the command line
     interface of `./config.status', see *Note config.status
     Invocation::, for more details.

     The INPUTS may be absolute or relative filenames.  In the latter
     case they are first looked for in the build tree, and then in the
     source tree.

     Shell commands output literally into `config.status', and
     associated with a tag that the user can use to tell `config.status'
     which the commands to run.  The commands are run each time a TAG
     request is given to `config.status', typically each time the file
     `TAG' is created.

     The variables set during the execution of `configure' are _not_
     available here: you first need to set them via the INIT-CMDS.
     Nonetheless the following variables are precomputed:

          The path from the top build directory to the top source
          directory.  This is what `configure''s option `--srcdir' sets.
          The path from the current build directory to the top source
          The path from the current build directory to the top build
          directory.  It can be empty, or else ends with a slash, so
          that you may concatenate it.

          The path from the current build directory to the
          corresponding source directory.

     The "current" directory refers to the directory (or
     pseudo-directory) containing the input part of TAGS.  For
     instance, running

          AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS([deep/dir/out:in/in.in], [...], [...])

     with `--srcdir=../package' produces the following values:

          # Argument of --srcdir
          # Reversing deep/dir
          # Concatenation of $ac_top_builddir and srcdir
          # Concatenation of $ac_top_srcdir and deep/dir

     independently of `in/in.in'.

     Shell commands output _unquoted_ near the beginning of
     `config.status', and executed each time `config.status' runs
     (regardless of the tag).  Because they are unquoted, for example,
     `$var' will be output as the value of `var'.  INIT-CMDS is
     typically used by `configure' to give `config.status' some
     variables it needs to run the COMMANDS.

     You should be extremely cautious in your variable names: all the
     INIT-CMDS share the same name space and may overwrite each other
     in unpredictable ways.  Sorry....

   All these macros can be called multiple times, with different TAGs,
of course!

Creating Configuration Files

   Be sure to read the previous section, *Note Configuration Actions::.

     Make `AC_OUTPUT' create each `FILE' by copying an input file (by
     default `FILE.in'), substituting the output variable values.  This
     macro is one of the instantiating macros; see *Note Configuration
     Actions::.  *Note Makefile Substitutions::, for more information
     on using output variables.  *Note Setting Output Variables::, for
     more information on creating them.  This macro creates the
     directory that the file is in if it doesn't exist.  Usually,
     `Makefile's are created this way, but other files, such as
     `.gdbinit', can be specified as well.

     Typical calls to `AC_CONFIG_FILES' look like this:

          AC_CONFIG_FILES([Makefile src/Makefile man/Makefile X/Imakefile])
          AC_CONFIG_FILES([autoconf], [chmod +x autoconf])

     You can override an input file name by appending to FILE a
     colon-separated list of input files.  Examples:


     Doing this allows you to keep your file names acceptable to
     MS-DOS, or to prepend and/or append boilerplate to the file.

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