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automake [options] [template_file]

GNU automake tool. Create GNU standards-compliant files from template files and can be used to ensure that projects contain all the files and install options required to be standards-compliant. Note that Versions 1.4 and 1.6 differ enough that many distributions include an automake14 package for backward compatibility.


-a, --add-missing

Add any missing files that automake requires to the directory by creating symbolic links to automake's default versions.

-c, --copy

Used with the -a option. Copy missing files instead of creating symbolic links.


Specifies project has a Cygnus-style source tree.

-f, --force-missing

Used with the -a option. Replace required files even if a local copy already exists.


Treat project as a non-GNU project. Check only for elements required for proper operation.


Treat project as a GNU project with the GNU project structure.


A stricter version of --gnu, performing more checks to comply with GNU project structure rules.


Print help message, then exit.

-i, --ignore-deps

Disable automatic dependency tracking.


Used with the -a option. Search in directory dir for default files.


Update only files that have updated dependents.

-v, --verbose

List files being read or created by automake.


Print version number, then exit.


Treat warnings as errors.

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