15 Changing Automake's Behavior
Various features of Automake can be controlled by options in the
`Makefile.am'. Such options are listed in a special variable named
`AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS'. Currently understood options are:
Set the strictness as appropriate. The `gnits' option also implies
`readme-alpha' and `check-news'.
Turn on automatic de-ANSI-fication. ANSI. If preceded by
a path, the generated `Makefile.in' will look in the specified
directory to find the `ansi2knr' program. Generally the path
should be a relative path to another directory in the same
distribution (though Automake currently does not check this).
Cause `make dist' to fail unless the current version number appears
in the first few lines of the `NEWS' file.
Cause `dejagnu'-specific rules to be generated. Tests.
Generate a `dist-shar' target as well as the ordinary `dist'
target. This new target will create a shar archive of the
Generate a `dist-zip' target as well as the ordinary `dist'
target. This new target will create a zip archive of the
Generate a `dist-tarZ' target as well as the ordinary `dist'
target. This new target will create a compressed tar archive of
the distribution; a traditional `tar' and `compress' will be
assumed. Warning: if you are actually using `GNU tar', then the
generated archive might contain nonportable constructs.
This is similar to using `--include-deps' on the command line, but
is useful for those situations where you don't have the necessary
bits to make automatic dependency tracking work
Dependencies. In this case the effect is to effectively disable
automatic dependency tracking.
The generated `Makefile.in' will not cause info pages to be built
or installed by default. However, `info' and `install-info'
targets will still be available. This option is disallowed at
`GNU' strictness and above.
The generated `Makefile.in' will not cause man pages to be
installed by default. However, an `install-man' target will still
be available for optional installation. This option is disallowed
at `GNU' strictness and above.
Don't require `texinfo.tex', even if there are texinfo files in
If this release is an alpha release, and the file `README-alpha'
exists, then it will be added to the distribution. If this option
is given, version numbers are expected to follow one of two forms.
The first form is `MAJOR.MINOR.ALPHA', where each element is a
number; the final period and number should be left off for
non-alpha releases. The second form is `MAJOR.MINORALPHA', where
ALPHA is a letter; it should be omitted for non-alpha releases.
A version number (e.g. `0.30') can be specified. If Automake is
not newer than the version specified, creation of the `Makefile.in'
will be suppressed.
Unrecognized options are diagnosed by `automake'.
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