GNU Autoconf – Automake and Libtool is a comprehensive guide to building and distributing software using the GNU autotools, which are a collection of tools used for building and packaging software on Unix and Unix-like systems.
The book begins by introducing the basics of the autotools, including how to use Autoconf to generate configure scripts, Automake to generate Makefiles, and Libtool to manage library builds and dependencies. It then delves into more advanced topics such as cross-compiling, debugging, and testing.
One of the key strengths of GNU Autoconf – Automake and Libtool is its focus on practical advice and best practices. The book provides tips and tricks for using the autotools effectively in real-world development scenarios, including how to work with third-party libraries, how to manage dependencies, and how to troubleshoot common problems.
The book also includes a comprehensive reference section that provides detailed information on the autotools commands and configuration options. This makes it easy to look up specific information and quickly find the answers you need.
Throughout the book, the authors provide clear explanations and examples, making it easy to understand even the most complex concepts. They also include tips for optimizing performance, troubleshooting common problems, and working with large software projects.
Whether you’re a beginner just getting started with the autotools or an experienced developer looking to deepen your knowledge, GNU Autoconf – Automake and Libtool is an invaluable resource. With its focus on practical advice and clear explanations, this book is sure to help you become a more effective and efficient developer, and master the autotools like a pro.