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autoconf 2.52.20181006
October 2018


automatic configure script builder (Thomas Dickey's version)


autoconf - Generate configuration scripts


autoconf [\,OPTION\/] ... [\,TEMPLATE-FILE\/]


Generate a configuration script from a TEMPLATE-FILE if given, or ‘’ if present, or else ‘’. Output is sent to the standard output if TEMPLATE-FILE is given, else into ‘configure’.

Operation modes:

-h, --help print this help, then exit
-V, --version
print version number, then exit
-v, --verbose
verbosely report processing
-d, --debug
don’t remove temporary files
-o, --output=\,FILE\/
save output in FILE (stdout is the default)
-W, --warnings=\,CATEGORY\/
report the warnings falling in CATEGORY [syntax]

Warning categories include:

cross compilation issues
obsolete constructs
dubious syntactic constructs
‘all’ all the warnings
turn off the warnings on CATEGORY
‘none’ turn off all the warnings
warnings are error
The environment variable ‘WARNINGS’ is honored.

Library directories:

-A, --autoconf-dir=\,ACDIR\/
Autoconf’s macro files location (rarely needed)
-l, --localdir=\,DIR\/
location of the ‘aclocal.m4’ file


-t, --trace=\,MACRO\/
report the list of calls to MACRO
-i, --initialization
also trace Autoconf’s initialization process
In tracing mode, no configuration script is created.


Written by David J. MacKenzie.


Report bugs to <>.


Copyright 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


autoconf(1), automake(1), autoreconf(1), autoupdate(1), autoheader(1), autoscan(1), config.guess(1), config.sub(1), ifnames(1), libtool(1).
The full documentation for autoconf is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and autoconf programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info autoconf
should give you access to the complete manual.
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