When I was asked to do a technical review on a book about the Autotools, I was rather skeptical. Several online tutorials and a few books already introduce readers to the use of GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool. However, many of these texts are less than ideal in at least some ways: they were either written several years ago and are starting to show their age, contain at least some inaccuracies, or tend to be incomplete for typical beginner’s tasks. On the other hand, the GNU manuals for these programs are fairly large and rather technical, and as such, they may present a significant entry barrier to learning your ways around the Autotools.

John Calcote began this book with an online tutorial that shared at least ...

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