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Overview

The GNU Autotools (the GNU Build System) is a group of utilities designed to make it easy for developers to create software that is portable across many Unix-like operating systems. Autotools: A Practical Guide is the first book to offer programmers a tutorial-based guide to the Autotools.

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Average Rating: 5 out of 5 rating Based on 3 Ratings

"The only current book out there" - by BK on 30-DEC-2013
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I read a big chunk of the Autotools manual, and there was still a lot left undocumented and a lot of confusion in my mind. I was part of the chorus of people who took Autotools as a necessary evil. This book filled in a lot of the holes. I left with an entirely different view of Autotools, that the system basically makes sense once you get to know it.
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"Best explanation of autotools that I've found" - by Anonymous on 05-JUL-2013
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A long time ago, I tried to learn these tools, but they did not make sense to me based upon reading various online sources, the manuals and the goat book.  This author does a terrific job in explaining how these tools work and how to use them (and even why they exist and why you might wish to use them).

I still don't know if this is the build system that I would want to use on my projects, but I do think it's important to understand autotools if you build any significant number of open source packages (especially if you encounter problems).

This book takes the "mystery" away from these tools and adds clarity.  It definitely needed to be written and I'm grateful to the author for creating this book.

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"concise with motion" - by Anonymous on 07-MAY-2011
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the book is great I shopped around for online documentation and sift through a few books at home, but nostarch does a great job of getting you breadth deep into something really quickly. good continuity.
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