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Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools

From: Grégory Pakosz
Subject: Re: A Closer Look at GNU AutoTools
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:58:13 +0200

For further reference: don't forget Alexandre Duret-Lutz's excellent
Autotools Tutorial (

IMHO people should start with this, then the Autotools Mythbuster.


On Fri, Sep 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <address@hidden>
> On Fri, 05 Sep 2014, Hartmut Holzgraefe wrote:
> > * the good old "Goats Book" which is also available online, and seems
> >   to have received an update lately:
> >
> >
> >
> >   I still refer to my paper copy every once in a while, but by now
> >   that one's so old that a lot of things need to be cross-checked
> >   against current autotools documentation
> This one is available under the OPL v1.0 with no extra options
> (
> It was updated in 2006 to address autoconf-2.59, automake-1.9.6, libtool
> 1.5.22.  This _should_ be fresh enough to be useful.
> If someone looks it over and states that it is indeed useful for recent
> autotools, I believe a pointer to this book should be added to the
> (autoconf, automake, libtool) websites.
> In fact, the Debian project had it packaged in "non-free" for quite a
> while[1].  It was removed in 2008, because "non-free" was carrying the
> "unofficial" 1.4.4 edition from, which is
> as it was never updated to the 1.5 official release.
> [1] The Debian DFSG when applied to documentation is more restrictive than
> the GNU free documentation license guidelines.  The autobook complies to
> GNU requirements for a free documentation license, at least according to
> since no options of the OPL were exercised in the autobook license.
> --
>   "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
>   them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
>   where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
>   Henrique Holschuh
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