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AUTOMAKE(1)                 General Commands Manual                AUTOMAKE(1)



NAME
       automake - automatically create Makefile.in's from Makefile.am's

SYNOPSIS
       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 ]

DESCRIPTION
       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       feature  is generally only used to automatically rebuild an out-of-date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:

       -a

       --add-missing
              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.

       --amdir=DIR
              Look  for Automake data files in directory DIR instead of in the
              installation directory.  This is typically used for debugging.

       --build-dir=DIR
              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.

       -c

       --copy When used with  --add-missing,  causes  installed  files  to  be
              copied.  The default is to make a symbolic link.

       --cygnus
              Causes  the  generated  Makefile.ins  to  follow  Cygnus  rules,
              instead of GNU or Gnits rules.

       --foreign
              Set the global strictness to foreign.

       --gnits
              Set the global strictness to gnits.

       --gnu  Set the global strictness to gnu.  This is the  default  strict-
              ness.

       --help Print a summary of the command line options and exit.

       -i

       --include-deps
              Include  all  automatically  generated dependency information in
              the generated Makefile.in.  This is generally done when making a
              distribution.

       --no-force
              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
              dependents.

       -o DIR

       --output-dir=DIR
              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.

       --srcdir-name=DIR
              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
              used otherwise.

       -v

       --verbose
              Cause  Automake to print information about which files are being
              read or created.

       --version
              Print the version number of Automake and exit.

SEE ALSO
       aclocal(1), and the Texinfo documentation for automake

AUTHORS
       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.



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