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3.4 @command{automake}

The @command{automake} program can be used to generate `Makefile.in' files suitable for use with a `configure' script generated by @command{autoconf}. As @command{automake} requires @command{autoconf}, this section will assume the use of a `configure' script which uses the AM_PATH_GIMPPRINT macro (there is little point in not using it!).

It is highly recommeded that you use GNU @command{autoconf} and @command{automake}. They will allow you to make your software build on most platforms with most compilers. @command{automake} makes writing complex `Makefile' files very easy, by expressing how to build your packages in terms of what files are required to build a project and the installation locations of the files. It imposes a few limitations over using plain `Makefile' files, such as in the use of conditionals, but these problems are vastly outweighed by the benefits it brings. It also creates many extra targets in the generated `Makefile.in' files such as @command{dist}, @command{distcheck}, @command{clean}, @command{distclean}, @command{maintainer-clean} and @command{tags}, and there are many more more available. See Info file `automake', node `Top', for more information.

Because AM_PATH_GIMPPRINT calls AC_SUBST to substitute @env{GIMPPRINT_CFLAGS}, @env{GIMPPRINT_LIBS} and @env{GIMPPRINT_CONFIG}, @command{automake} will automatically set these variables in the `Makefile.in' files it generates, requiring no additional effort on your part!

As in previous examples, we will make a program @command{prog} from a file `prog.c'. This is how one might build write a `Makefile.am' to do this:





bin_PROGRAMS = prog
prog_SOURCES = prog.c


That's all there is to it! Please note that this example also requires the macro AC_PROG_MAKE_SET to be used in `configure.in' and the use of AC_SUBST to substitute @env{CFLAGS} and @env{INCLUDES} where @CFLAGS@ and @INCLUDES@ are found in the file, respectively.

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