AUTOMAKE(1) General Commands Manual AUTOMAKE(1)
automake - automatically create Makefile.in's from Makefile.am's
automake [ -a | --add-missing ] [ --amdir=DIR ] [ --build-dir=DIR ] [
-c | --copy ] [ --cygnus ] [ --foreign ] [ --gnits ] [ --gnu ] [ --help
] [ -i | --include-deps ] [ --no-force ] [ -o DIR ] [ --output-dir=DIR
] [ --srcdir-name=DIR ] [ -v | --verbose ] [ --version ]
To create all the Makefile.ins for a package, run the automake program
in the top level directory, with no arguments. automake will automati-
cally find each appropriate Makefile.am (by scanning configure.in) and
generate the corresponding Makefile.in. Note that automake has a
rather simplistic view of what constitutes a package; it assumes that a
package has only one configure.in, at the top. If your package has
multiple configure.ins, then you must run automake in each directory
holding a configure.in.
You can optionally give automake an argument; .am is appended to the
argument and the result is used as the name of the input file. This
feature is generally only used to automatically rebuild an out-of-date
Makefile.in. Note that automake must always be run from the topmost
directory of a project, even if being used to regenerate the Make-
file.in in some subdirectory. This is necessary because automake must
scan configure.in, and because automake uses the knowledge that a Make-
file.in is in a subdirectory to change its behavior in some cases.
automake accepts the following options:
Automake requires certain common files to exist in certain situ-
ations; for instance config.guess is required if configure.in
runs AC_CANONICAL_HOST. Automake is distributed with several of
these files; this option will cause the missing ones to be auto-
matically added to the package, whenever possible. In general
if Automake tells you a file is missing, try using this option.
Look for Automake data files in directory DIR instead of in the
installation directory. This is typically used for debugging.
Tell Automake where the build directory is. This option is used
when including dependencies into a Makefile.in generated by make
dist; it should not be used otherwise.
--copy When used with --add-missing, causes installed files to be
copied. The default is to make a symbolic link.
Causes the generated Makefile.ins to follow Cygnus rules,
instead of GNU or Gnits rules.
Set the global strictness to foreign.
Set the global strictness to gnits.
--gnu Set the global strictness to gnu. This is the default strict-
--help Print a summary of the command line options and exit.
Include all automatically generated dependency information in
the generated Makefile.in. This is generally done when making a
Ordinarily automake creates all Makefile.ins mentioned in con-
figure.in. This option causes it to only update those Make-
file.ins which are out of date with respect to one of their
Put the generated Makefile.in in the directory DIR. Ordinarily
each Makefile.in is created in the directory of the correspond-
ing Makefile.am. This option is used when making distributions.
Tell Automake the name of the source directory associated with
the current build. This option is used when including dependen-
cies into a Makefile.in generated by makedist; it should not be
Cause Automake to print information about which files are being
read or created.
Print the version number of Automake and exit.
aclocal(1), and the Texinfo documentation for automake
Automake was written primarily by David Mackenzie and Tom Tromey. This
manpage written by Ben Pfaff <pfaffbenATpilot.edu> for the Debian
GNU/Linux automake package.