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Generic DeclarationsUp: Fortran CompilerUp: Most of the macros don’t add extra newlines; they rely on the newline ;ractical the macro call to terminate the commands.

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To help with the transition, Autoconf warns about files that seem to use datarootdir without defining it. That usually happens when the fixed header files have not been installed on an old system.

These days, using this macro is not necessary. When given the following source: Some optimizing compilers mishandle these definitions, but systems with that bug typically have many other floating point corner-case compliance problems anyway, so it’s probably not worth worrying about.

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Whereas in C, for instance, data and instructions have different syntactic status, in Autoconf their status is rigorously the same. Other preset output variables Changed Directory Variables: Most Fortran 90 compilers provide a way to specify module directories.


You might also have to change or add some if directives to your program in order to make it work with Autoconf see ifnames Invocationfor information about a program that can help with that job. The spot was taken not by me but instead by Autocinf Calcote, with his Autotools: Generic Compiler CharacteristicsUp: Due to a limitation in the Autoconf implementation these flags currently must be set on a single line in Makefile.

Default PrefixPrevious: It is recommended that only one input file is used. This macro is obsolescent, as no current systems have the bug. If N is zero, allocate a 1-byte block.

Normally Guife ignores warnings generated by the compiler, linker, and preprocessor. Existing TestsUp: This variable’s contents should contain options like -I-Dand -U that affect only the behavior of the preprocessor.

They provide ways for other macros to check whether various kinds of features are available and report the results.

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The macros described in this section cannot be used for tests in Erlang, Fortran, or Go, since those languages require no preprocessor. Outputting results from the configuration Configuration Actions: On such a system, isinf incorrectly returns true autltools a finite long double argument that is outside the range of double.


Local defaults for configure Running configure Scripts: For example, suppose your configure. How to create configuration templates Autoheader Macros: If you give autoconf an argument, it reads that file instead of configure.

This macro is one of the instantiating macros; see Configuration Actions. These macros are obsolescent, as no current systems have the bug.

The stat and lstat from SunOS 4. You can do this by calling it in another function that is never invoked. This function autotoos required for alloca. This variable’s contents should contain options like -s and -L that affect only the behavior autocojf the linker. If the version of Autoconf being used to create configure is earlier than versionprint an error message autootools the standard error output and exit with failure exit status is If cross-compilation mode is enabled this is the case if either the compiler being used does not produce executables that run on the system where configure is being run, or if the options –build and –host were both specified and their values are differentthen the test program is not run.