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configuration names (autotools)

autotools use a configuration name to identifiy a computer system.
  • sparc-sun-solaris2.7
  • i586-pc-linux-gnu
  • i386-pc-cygwin

Configuration triplet

These names consist of at least three parts. For this reason, the configuration name is sometimes also called configuration triplet. However, it is also possible for such a name to consist of four parts.
A three part configuration name is: cpu-manufacturer-operating system
A four part configuration name is: cpu-manufacturer-kernel-operating system
The manufacturer can sometimes be omited.


config.guess is a shell script that prints the configuration triplet