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© July 2004 Tony Lawrence

Gnu autoconf (https://www.gnu.org/software/autoconf/) attempts to create a makefile that makes sense for the OS you are compiling a software package on. It's not perfect (try compiling many Linux packages on a SCO Unix system, for example), but it's a heck of a lot better than hand editing makefiles.

If the code you downloaded has a "configure" script, "autoconf" probably created it.

On-line book: https://sources.redhat.com/autobook/autobook/autobook_toc.html

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Take Control of Automating Your Mac

Take Control of IOS 11

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