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Re: Accessing AC_DEFINE'd var

From: Alexandre Duret-Lutz
Subject: Re: Accessing AC_DEFINE'd var
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 09:55:15 +0200
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>>> "Frank" == Frank A Uepping <address@hidden> writes:


 Frank> (I am wondering that AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE doesn't use PACKAGE_* by default.)
     Runs many macros required for proper operation of the generated

     This macro has two forms, the first of which is preferred.  In
     this form, `AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE' is called with a single argument --
     a space-separated list of Automake options which should be applied
     to every `' in the tree.  The effect is as if each
     option were listed in `AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS'.

     The second, deprecated, form of `AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE' has two required
     arguments: the package and the version number.  This form is
     obsolete because the PACKAGE and VERSION can be obtained from
     Autoconf's `AC_INIT' macro (which itself has an old and a new

     If your `' has:
          AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(mumble, 1.5)
     you can modernize it as follows:
          AC_INIT(mumble, 1.5)
     Note that if you're upgrading your `' from an earlier
     version of Automake, it is not always correct to simply move the
     package and version arguments from `AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE' directly to
     `AC_INIT', as in the example above.  The first argument to
     `AC_INIT' should be the name of your package (e.g. `GNU Automake'),
     not the tarball name (e.g. `automake') that you used to pass to
     `AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE'.  Autoconf tries to derive a tarball name from
     the package name, which should work for most but not all package
     names.  (If it doesn't work for yours, you can use the
     four-argument form of `AC_INIT' -- supported in Autoconf versions
     greater than 2.52g -- to provide the tarball name explicitly).
     By default this macro `AC_DEFINE''s `PACKAGE' and `VERSION'.  This
     can be avoided by passing the `no-define' option, as in:
          AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([gnits 1.5 no-define dist-bzip2])
     or by passing a third non-empty argument to the obsolete form.

Alexandre Duret-Lutz

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