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NAME autom4te - Generate files and scripts thanks to M4


DESCRIPTION Run GNU M4 on the FILES, avoiding useless runs. Output the traces if tracing, the frozen file if freezing, otherwise the expansion of the FILES.

If some of the FILES are named FILE.m4f they are considered to be M4 frozen files of all the previous files (which are therefore not loaded). If FILE.m4f is not found, then FILE.m4 will be used, together with all the previous files.

Some files may be optional, i.e., will only be processed if found in the include path, but then must end in .m4? ; the question mark is not part of the actual file name.

Operation modes: -h, --help print this help, then exit

-V, --version print version number, then exit

-v, --verbose verbosely report processing

-d, --debug dont remove temporary files

-o, --output=FILE save output in FILE (defaults to -, stdout)

-f, --force dont rely on cached values

-W, --warnings=CATEGORY report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

-l, --language=LANG specify the set of M4 macros to use

-C, --cache=DIRECTORY preserve results for future runs in DIRECTORY

--no-cache disable the cache

-m, --mode=OCTAL change the non trace output file mode (0666)

-M, --melt dont use M4 frozen files

Languages include: Autoconf create Autoconf configure scripts

Autotest create Autotest test suites

M4sh create M4sh shell scripts

M4sugar create M4sugar output

Warning categories include: cross cross compilation issues

gnu GNU coding standards (default in gnu and gnits modes)

obsolete obsolete features or constructions

override user redefinitions of Automake rules or variables

portability portability issues (default in gnu and gnits modes)

syntax dubious syntactic constructs (default)

unsupported unsupported or incomplete features (default)

all all the warnings

no-CATEGORY turn off warnings in CATEGORY

none turn off all the warnings

error treat warnings as errors

The environment variables M4 and WARNINGS are honored.

Library directories: -B, --prepend-include=DIR prepend directory DIR to search path

-I, --include=DIR append directory DIR to search path

Tracing: -t, --trace=MACRO[:FORMAT] report the MACRO invocations

-p, --preselect=MACRO prepare to trace MACRO in a future run

Freezing: -F, --freeze produce an M4 frozen state file for FILES

FORMAT defaults to $f:$l:$n:$% , and can use the following escapes: $$ literal $

$f file where macro was called

$l line where macro was called

$d nesting depth of macro call

$n name of the macro

$NUM argument NUM, unquoted and with newlines

$SEP@ all arguments, with newlines, quoted, and separated by SEP

$SEP* all arguments, with newlines, unquoted, and separated by SEP

$SEP% all arguments, without newlines, unquoted, and separated by SEP

SEP can be empty for the default (comma for @ and *, colon for %), a single character for that character, or {STRING} to use a string.

AUTHOR Written by Akim Demaille.

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later < licenses/gpl-2.0.html> This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO autoconf(1), automake(1), autoreconf(1), autoupdate(1), autoheader(1), autoscan(1), config.guess(1), config.sub(1), ifnames(1), libtool(1).

The full documentation for autom4te is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and autom4te programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info autom4te

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU Autoconf 2.63 September 2008 AUTOM4TE(1)