autoreconf [OPTION] ... [TEMPLATE-FILE]


Run `autoconf' (and `autoheader', `aclocal' and `automake', where appropriate) repeatedly to remake the Autoconf `configure' scripts and configuration header templates in the directory tree rooted at the current directory. By default, it only remakes those files that are older than their predecessors. If you install a new version of Autoconf, running `autoreconf' remakes all of the files by giving it the `--force' option.

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

-f, --force

consider every files are obsolete

-i, --install

copy missing auxiliary files

-s, --symlink

instead of copying, install symbolic links

The option `--install' is similar to the option `--add-missing' in other tools.

Library directories:

-A, --autoconf-dir=ACDIR

Autoconf's macro files location (rarely needed)

-l, --localdir=DIR

location of `aclocal.m4' and `acconfig.h'

-M, --m4dir=M4DIR

this package's Autoconf extensions

Unless specified, heuristics try to compute `M4DIR' from the `', or defaults to `m4' if it exists.

The following options are passed to `automake':


assume program is part of Cygnus-style tree


set strictness to foreign


set strictness to gnits


set strictness to gnu


include generated dependencies in

The environment variables AUTOCONF, AUTOHEADER, AUTOMAKE, and ACLOCAL are honored.


Written by David J. MacKenzie.


Report bugs to <[email protected]>.


Copyright 1994, 1999, 2000 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 autoreconf is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and autoreconf programs are properly installed at your site, the command

  • info autoreconf

should give you access to the complete manual.