autoconf

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autoconf

(software, tool)
The GNU project's tool that configures a source code distribution to compile and run on a different platform.

Among open source hackers, a mere running binary of a program is not considered a full release; what's interesting is a source tree that can be built into binaries using standard tools. Since the mid-1990s, autoconf, automake, and libtools have been the standard way to make a distribution portable so that it can be built on multiple operating systems without change.
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Autotools; a practitioner's guide to GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool.
Also recommended for programming collections is John Calcote's AUTOTOOLS: A PRACTITIONER'S GUIDE TO GNU AUTOCONF, AUTOMAKE, AND LIBTOOL (9781593272067, $44.
Autotools: A Practitioner's Guide to GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool" is a guide to the finer use of the titular tools and how to use it to make more useful and more successful software for greater and more efficient use.