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automake

automake is part of the automake package.
automake describes how to build a program.
automake is used to automatically generating makefiles. It is part of autotools.
automake requires perl. The resulting files, however, don't.
The only requirement of Automake is that configure.in contains the AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE macro.

Required files

By default, automake requires the following files to be present:
  • INSTALL
  • NEWS
  • README
  • AUTHORS
  • ChangeLog
  • COPYING
  • depcomp
  • missing
automake does not enforce the presence of these files if Makefile.am contains the following line:
AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS = foreign

Options

--add-missing (-a)

Instructs automake to add missing files. Adds missing standard files (such as depcomp, COPYING and INSTALL) to the package.
Used if the Cygnus tree is not used???

--copy (-c)

Instructs automake to copy missing files (see --add-missing, not just sym linking them.

--force-missing (-f)

Forces update of missing files.