Good autotools tutorial

Mark Kim as a nice beginners overview of Autotools. Worth the time to read it, if this is something that you're interested in!

http://markuskimius.wikidot.com/programming:tut:autotools

To summarize (overly simplistic view!)

autoscan --> creates initial configure.in (called configure.scan to avoid overwriting your pre-existing configure.in)
Note: you will have to edit at least AC_INIT and AC_OUTPUT in the configure.scan template that autoscan produces.

autoconf uses configure.ac to create configure
configure.ac -> autoconf -> configure

configure.ac ->|
Makefile.in  ->|
               |---> ./configure (uses configure.ac and Makefile.in to generate Makefile

You can use automake to generate a Makefile:

Makefile.am is the input to automake

Makefile.am --> automake ---> Makefile.in

autoreconf can be used to regenerate all the derived files when changes are made to input files. autoreconf will run all of the necessary tools in the correct order.

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