autoconf [OPTION] ... [TEMPLATE-FILE]


Generate a configuration script from a TEMPLATE-FILE if given, or `' if present, or else `'. Output is sent to the standard output if TEMPLATE-FILE is given, else into `configure'.

Operation modes:

-h, --help

print this help, then exit

-V, --version

print version number, then exit

-v, --verbose

verbosely report processing

-d, --debug

don't remove temporary files

-o, --output=FILE

save output in FILE (stdout is the default)

-W, --warnings=CATEGORY

report the warnings falling in CATEGORY [syntax]

Warning categories include:


cross compilation issues


obsolete constructs


dubious syntactic constructs


all the warnings


turn off the warnings on CATEGORY


turn off all the warnings


warnings are error

The environment variable `WARNINGS' is honored.

Library directories:

-A, --autoconf-dir=ACDIR

Autoconf's macro files location (rarely needed)

-l, --localdir=DIR

location of the `aclocal.m4' file


-t, --trace=MACRO

report the list of calls to MACRO

-i, --initialization

also trace Autoconf's initialization process

In tracing mode, no configuration script is created.


Written by David J. MacKenzie.


Report bugs to <[email protected]>.


Copyright 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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The full documentation for autoconf is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and autoconf programs are properly installed at your site, the command

  • info autoconf

should give you access to the complete manual.