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The bootstrapper program creates a customized bootstrap script by scanning the autoconf macros in a project's file and using them to determine which programs need to be used to create a usable configure script. It then creates a bootstrap script which is custom tailored to your project's configuration. The resulting bootstrap script is useful for rebuilding the configure script and files, particularly for a project which may be downloaded off of a cvs server. By including a bootstrap script in a cvs repository, all auto generated files related to configure can be excluded from the cvs repository. It is also useful for a developer importing a new project onto a cvs repository. Running `make distclean' then `./bootstrap --clean' removes all auto-generated files, instead of removing them by hand.


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Download version 0.2 (beta)
released on 8 May 2002

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey31 May 2002

Leaders and contributors

Anthony Ventimiglia Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Source requirement automake
Source requirement autoconf
Source requirement libtool
Source requirement Bourne shell
Required to use Perl

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 31 May 2002.


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