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GNU Automake
Makefile generator.

'Automake' automatically generates make files compliant with the GNU coding standards. It was inspired by the 4.4 BSD make and include files, but aims to be portable and to conform to the GNU standards for Make file variables and targets. The input files are called; the output files are called They are intended for use with autoconf. Automake requires certain things to be done in your This package also includes the "aclocal' program, which generates an 'aclocal.m4' based on the contents of '' It is useful as an extensible, maintainable mechanism for augmenting autoconf.


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20 August 2020

Leaders and contributors

Jim Meyering Maintainer

Resources and communication

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Mailing List
Automake-ng Info PageMailing List
Savannah (Ref)Developer
automake-commit Info PageMailing List
SavannahVCS Repository Webview
Automake Info PageMailing List
bug-automake Info PageMailing List
automake-patches Info PageMailing List

Software prerequisites

Source requirementPerl 5
Required to use GNU autoconf

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 November 2020.


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