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Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools

From: Nick Bowler
Subject: Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:33:13 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.22 (2013-10-16)

On 2014-09-04 13:47 -0400, Shawn H Corey wrote:
> I have just added an article to my blog on my programming language
> about the GNU AutoTools. Please feel free to comment.

Quoted from the linked page:
> After some investigation, I discovered that the documentation for GNU
> AutoTools was crappy. This is surprising considering how long it has
> been in use. ☹

Can you be more constructive?  I think Autoconf and Automake have rather
good manuals[1][2].  Why are they crappy?  How can we make them better?


Nick Bowler, Elliptic Technologies (

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