Preface

1. Vaughan, Elliston, Tromey, and Taylor, GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool (Indianapolis: Sams Publishing, 2000).

Chapter 1: An End User’s Perspective on the GNU Autotools

1. It’s important to distinguish the difference between a distribution archive—often found on the project website’s download page—and a GitHub tarball downloaded from the green “Clone or download” button on a GitHub project page. In fact, any online source repository presenting a download button on the source browsing page is likely to send you an archive containing the raw contents of the repository, rather than a distribution archive designed to be unpacked and built by users.

2. Reading the man page, you might get the impression that the gunzip utility can handle ...

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