Here are some links to reference documents dealing with Autotools in general and Autoconf and Automake in particular.

  • First, you can take a look at the Autoconf, Automake, Libtool, make and M4 manuals.
  • The Autobook explains in details how the Autotools work.
  • Amongst the various GNU development tools you are told about, here are Autoconf and Automake.
  • Here and here are two other tutorials about Autotools.

Here are some slides by a teacher from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télecoms about the Autotools.


A tutorial about Autoconf and Automake .

This tutorial uses Autoconf 2.61 (November 2006) and Automake 1.10.1 (January 2008). Some of these documentations uses older versions. the syntaxes could have changed quite a bit. These old syntaxes usually still work and are used in old project. It is useful to know them but it is a bad idea to use them in a new project.