17USING THE AUTOTOOLS WITH WINDOWS

“Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”—Bill Gates, quoted in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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Autoconf generates configure scripts containing hundreds of lines of Bourne shell code. If that statement doesn’t make you wonder how we could ever use the Autotools with Windows, you should probably re-read it until it does. In fact, the only way Autoconf can be used is with an actual Bourne shell and a subset of Unix tools like grep

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