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Re: aclocal or acinclude?

From: Tim Dennis
Subject: Re: aclocal or acinclude?
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:44:49 -0500 (EST)
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Hi Peter,

> Tim Dennis wrote:
>> Hi John,
>>> In the autoconf manual in Chapter 3, page 5 it states:
>>> ... If you write your own feature tests to supplement those that come
>>> with Autoconf, you might also write files called ‘aclocal.m4’ and
>>> ‘acsite.m4’...
>>> I understand acsite.m4, but I thought aclocal.m4 was *generated* by the
>>> aclocal program, not written by the user. I was under the impression
>>> that you were supposed to write project-specific macro in a file called
>>> acinclude.m4 (which the manual doesn't mention at all).
>> I was recently puzzling over this very question myself. In the end I
>> just
>> created acsite.m4 and put the macro there. It seemed to work fine for
>> me,
>> but more experienced users likely will have a better answer.
> It all depends on if you are using autoconf in combination with automake
> or not. If you use automake, or use its aclocal to generate aclocal.m4,
> then you can put your own macros in acinclude.m4. The aclocal program
> will m4_include acinclude.m4 at the end of the generated aclocal.m4.
> autoconf itself knows nothing about acinclude.m4.

So then is it fair to say that acinclude.m4 is not deprecated? The on-line
autoconf manual does not mention this file, only aclocal.m4 and acsite.m4.

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