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autoconf command in Linux with examples

  • Last Updated : 15 May, 2019

autoconf command is used in Linux to generate configuration scripts. Generate a configuration script from a TEMPLATE-FILE if given, or from ‘configure.ac’ if present, or ‘configure.in’. The output is sent to the standard output if TEMPLATE-FILE is given, otherwise, it is sent into ‘configure’. To use autoconf we must install the this on the Linux terminal as follows:

sudo apt get-install autoconf

Synopsis:

user/bin/autoconf [OPTION] ... [TEMPLATE-FILE]

Options:

  • -h, –help: Display the help message and then exits.
    autoconf -h or autoconf --help

  • -V, –version: Shows the version number and then exits.
    autoconf -V or autoconf --version

  • -v, –verbose: Gives the verbosely report processing.
    autoconf -v filename or autoconf --verbose filename

  • -d, –debug: Makes sure to not remove any files that are temporary.
    autoconf -d filename or autoconf --debug filename

  • -o, –option: Saves the output in the FILE(stdout is default).
    autoconf -o filename or autoconf --option filename

  • -w, –warnings: Reports the warnings falling in the categories
    autoconf -w category or autoconf --warnings category

    The other warning categories are:

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