Autotools: A Practioner's Guide To Gnu Autoconf, Automake, And Libtool by John CalcoteAutotools: A Practioner's Guide To Gnu Autoconf, Automake, And Libtool by John Calcote

Autotools: A Practioner's Guide To Gnu Autoconf, Automake, And Libtool

byJohn Calcote

Paperback | July 23, 2010

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The GNU Autotools make it easy for developers to create software that is portable across many Unix-like operating systems. Although the Autotools are used by thousands of open source software packages, they have a notoriously steep learning curve. And good luck to the beginner who wants to find anything beyond a basic reference work online.

Autotools Autotools is the first book to offer programmers a tutorial-based guide to the GNU build system. Author John Calcote begins with an overview of high-level concepts and a quick hands-on tour of the philosophy and design of the Autotools. He then tackles more advanced details, like using the M4 macro processor with Autoconf, extending the framework provided by Automake, and building Java and C# sources. He concludes the book with detailed solutions to the most frequent problems encountered by first-time Autotools users.

You'll learn how to:

Master the Autotools build system to maximize your software's portabilityGenerate Autoconf configuration scripts to simplify the compilation processProduce portable makefiles with AutomakeBuild cross-platform software libraries with LibtoolWrite your own Autoconf macros

Autotools focuses on two projects: Jupiter, a simple "Hello, world!" program, and FLAIM, an existing, complex open source effort containing four separate but interdependent subprojects. Follow along as the author takes Jupiter's build system from a basic makefile to a full-fledged Autotools project, and then as he converts the FLAIM projects from complex hand-coded makefiles to the powerful and flexible GNU build system.

John Calcote is a Senior Software Engineer and Architect at Novell, Inc. He's been writing and developing portable networking and system-level software for nearly 20 years and is active in developing, debugging, and analyzing diverse open source software packages. He is currently a project administrator of the OpenSLP, OpenXDAS, and DN...
Title:Autotools: A Practioner's Guide To Gnu Autoconf, Automake, And LibtoolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:July 23, 2010Publisher:No Starch PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1593272065

ISBN - 13:9781593272067


Table of Contents

Dedication; FOREWORD; PREFACE; Why Use the Autotools?; Acknowledgments; I Wish You the Very Best; INTRODUCTION; Who Should Read This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions Used in This Book; Autotools Versions Used in This Book; Chapter 1: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE GNU AUTOTOOLS; 1.1 Who Should Use the Autotools?; 1.2 When Should You Not Use the Autotools?; 1.3 Apple Platforms and Mac OS X; 1.4 The Choice of Language; 1.5 Generating Your Package Build System; 1.6 Autoconf; 1.7 Automake; 1.8 Libtool; 1.9 Building Your Package; 1.10 Installing the Most Up-to-Date Autotools; 1.11 Summary; Chapter 2: UNDERSTANDING THE GNU CODING STANDARDS; 2.1 Creating a New Project Directory Structure; 2.2 Project Structure; 2.3 Makefile Basics; 2.4 Creating a Source Distribution Archive; 2.5 Automatically Testing a Distribution; 2.6 Unit Testing, Anyone?; 2.7 Installing Products; 2.8 The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard; 2.9 Supporting Standard Targets and Variables; 2.10 Getting Your Project into a Linux Distro; 2.11 Build vs. Installation Prefix Overrides; 2.12 User Variables; 2.13 Configuring Your Package; 2.14 Summary; Chapter 3: CONFIGURING YOUR PROJECT WITH AUTOCONF; 3.1 Autoconf Configuration Scripts; 3.2 The Shortest File; 3.3 Comparing M4 to the C Preprocessor; 3.4 The Nature of M4 Macros; 3.5 Executing autoconf; 3.6 Executing configure; 3.7 Executing config.status; 3.8 Adding Some Real Functionality; 3.9 Generating Files from Templates; 3.10 Adding VPATH Build Functionality; 3.11 Let's Take a Breather; 3.12 An Even Quicker Start with autoscan; 3.13 Initialization and Package Information; 3.14 The Instantiating Macros; 3.15 Back to Remote Builds for a Moment; 3.16 Summary; Chapter 4: MORE FUN WITH AUTOCONF: CONFIGURING USER OPTIONS; 4.1 Substitutions and Definitions; 4.2 Checking for Compilers; 4.3 Checking for Other Programs; 4.4 A Common Problem with Autoconf; 4.5 Checks for Libraries and Header Files; 4.6 Supporting Optional Features and Packages; 4.7 Checks for Type and Structure Definitions; 4.8 The AC_OUTPUT Macro; 4.9 Summary; Chapter 5: AUTOMATIC MAKEFILES WITH AUTOMAKE; 5.1 Getting Down to Business; 5.2 What's in a File?; 5.3 Analyzing Our New Build System; 5.4 Unit Tests: Supporting make check; 5.5 Reducing Complexity with Convenience Libraries; 5.6 Building the New Library; 5.7 What Goes into a Distribution?; 5.8 Maintainer Mode; 5.9 Cutting Through the Noise; 5.10 Summary; Chapter 6: BUILDING LIBRARIES WITH LIBTOOL; 6.1 The Benefits of Shared Libraries; 6.2 How Shared Libraries Work; 6.3 Using Libtool; 6.4 Installing Libtool; 6.5 Adding Shared Libraries to Jupiter; 6.6 Summary; Chapter 7: LIBRARY INTERFACE VERSIONING AND RUNTIME DYNAMIC LINKING; 7.1 System-Specific Versioning; 7.2 The Libtool Library Versioning Scheme; 7.3 Using libltdl; 7.4 Summary; Chapter 8: FLAIM: AN AUTOTOOLS EXAMPLE; 8.1 What Is FLAIM?; 8.2 Why FLAIM?; 8.3 An Initial Look; 8.4 Getting Started; 8.5 The FLAIM Subprojects; 8.6 Designing the XFLAIM Build System; 8.7 Summary; Chapter 9: FLAIM PART II: PUSHING THE ENVELOPE; 9.1 Building Java Sources Using the Autotools; 9.2 Building the C# Sources; 9.3 Configuring Compiler Options; 9.4 Hooking Doxygen into the Build Process; 9.5 Adding Nonstandard Targets; 9.6 Summary; Chapter 10: USING THE M4 MACRO PROCESSOR WITH AUTOCONF; 10.1 M4 Text Processing; 10.2 The Recursive Nature of M4; 10.3 Autoconf and M4; 10.4 Writing Autoconf Macros; 10.5 Diagnosing Problems; 10.6 Summary; Chapter 11: A CATALOG OF TIPS AND REUSABLE SOLUTIONS FOR CREATING GREAT PROJECTS; 11.1 Item 1: Keeping Private Details out of Public Interfaces; 11.2 Item 2: Implementing Recursive Extension Targets; 11.3 Item 3: Using a Repository Revision Number in a Package Version; 11.4 Item 4: Ensuring Your Distribution Packages Are Clean; 11.5 Item 5: Hacking Autoconf Macros; 11.6 Item 6: Cross-Compiling; 11.7 Item 7: Emulating Autoconf Text Replacement Techniques; 11.8 Item 8: Using the ac-archive Project; 11.9 Item 9: Using pkg-config with Autotools; 11.10 Item 10: Using Incremental Installation Techniques; 11.11 Item 11: Using Generated Source Code; 11.12 Item 12: Disabling Undesirable Targets; 11.13 Item 13: Watch Those Tab Characters!; 11.14 Item 14: Packaging Choices; 11.15 Wrapping Up; Updates;