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GNU AutoGen
'AutoGen' generates program files that contain repetitive text with varied substitutions. It simplifies the maintenance of programs with large amounts of repetitive text, which is useful if several blocks of such text must be synchronized. It includes:

  • AutoOpts - automates the handling of command line, environment and config file options, including usage text, man pages, and the invoking section of an info doc
  • getdefs - extracts AutoGen definitions from stylized comments embedded in source code
  • columns - tabularizes lists for improved output appearance
  • AutoXDR - NFSv4 specifies that its remote procedure calls be batched. AutoGen generates the code for marshalling and unmarshalling the arguments on both sides of the RPC request
  • AutoFSM - produces a transition table and prototype finite state machine where it is possible to determine a state transition type (token code) without reference to the current state
  • xml2ag - lets AutoGen use any XML file as if it were a set of AutoGen definitions


Developer's reference manual

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:autogen


Download version 5.18.6 (stable)
released on 15 September 2015

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GPLv3orlaterKelly Hopkins26 July 2010

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Bruce Korb Maintainer

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build Bourne-like shell
Required to build POSIX environment
Required to build Guile
Required to use POSIX environment
Required to build ANSI C
Required to use Bourne-like shell
Required to use Guile

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 23 September 2015.


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