Below are instructions on how to configure a package that uses a
configure script, suitable for inclusion as an `INSTALL'
file in the package. A plain-text version of `INSTALL' which you
may use comes with Autoconf.
These are generic installation instructions.
configure shell script attempts to guess correct values for
various system-dependent variables used during compilation. It uses
those values to create a `Makefile' in each directory of the
package. It may also create one or more `.h' files containing
system-dependent definitions. Finally, it creates a shell script
`config.status' that you can run in the future to recreate the
current configuration, a file `config.cache' that saves the results
of its tests to speed up reconfiguring, and a file `config.log'
containing compiler output (useful mainly for debugging
If you need to do unusual things to compile the package, please try to
figure out how
configure could check whether to do them, and mail
diffs or instructions to the address given in the `README' so they
can be considered for the next release. If at some point
`config.cache' contains results you don't want to keep, you may
remove or edit it.
The file `configure.in' is used to create `configure' by a
autoconf. You only need `configure.in' if
you want to change it or regenerate `configure' using a newer
The simplest way to compile this package is:
cdto the directory containing the package's source code and type `./configure' to configure the package for your system. If you're using
cshon an old version of System V, you might need to type `sh ./configure' instead to prevent
cshfrom trying to execute
configuretakes awhile. While running, it prints some messages telling which features it is checking for.
configurecreated (so you can compile the package for a different kind of computer), type `make distclean'. There is also a `make maintainer-clean' target, but that is intended mainly for the package's developers. If you use it, you may have to get all sorts of other programs in order to regenerate files that came with the distribution.
Some systems require unusual options for compilation or linking that
configure script does not know about. You can give
configure initial values for variables by setting them in the
environment. Using a Bourne-compatible shell, you can do that on the
command line like this:
CC=c89 CFLAGS=-O2 LIBS=-lposix ./configure
Or on systems that have the
env program, you can do it like this:
env CPPFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include LDFLAGS=-s ./configure
You can compile the package for more than one kind of computer at the
same time, by placing the object files for each architecture in their
own directory. To do this, you must use a version of
VPATH variable, such as GNU
to the directory where you want the object files and executables to go
and run the
checks for the source code in the directory that
configure is in
and in `..'.
If you have to use a
make that does not supports the
variable, you have to compile the package for one architecture at a time
in the source code directory. After you have installed the package for
one architecture, use `make distclean' before reconfiguring for
By default, `make install' will install the package's files in
`/usr/local/bin', `/usr/local/man', etc. You can specify an
installation prefix other than `/usr/local' by giving
configure the option `--prefix=path'.
You can specify separate installation prefixes for architecture-specific
files and architecture-independent files. If you give
the option `--exec-prefix=path', the package will use
path as the prefix for installing programs and libraries.
Documentation and other data files will still use the regular prefix.
In addition, if you use an unusual directory layout you can give options like `--bindir=path' to specify different values for particular kinds of files. Run `configure --help' for a list of the directories you can set and what kinds of files go in them.
If the package supports it, you can cause programs to be installed with
an extra prefix or suffix on their names by giving
option `--program-prefix=PREFIX' or
Some packages pay attention to `--enable-feature' options to
configure, where feature indicates an optional part of the
package. They may also pay attention to `--with-package'
options, where package is something like `gnu-as' or `x'
(for the X Window System). The `README' should mention any
`--enable-' and `--with-' options that the package recognizes.
For packages that use the X Window System,
configure can usually
find the X include and library files automatically, but if it doesn't,
you can use the
configure options `--x-includes=dir'
and `--x-libraries=dir' to specify their locations.
There may be some features
configure can not figure out
automatically, but needs to determine by the type of host the package
will run on. Usually
configure can figure that out, but if it
prints a message saying it can not guess the host type, give it the
`--host=type' option. type can either be a short name
for the system type, such as `sun4', or a canonical name with three
See the file `config.sub' for the possible values of each field. If `config.sub' isn't included in this package, then this package doesn't need to know the host type.
If you are building compiler tools for cross-compiling, you can also use the `--target=type' option to select the type of system they will produce code for and the `--build=type' option to select the type of system on which you are compiling the package.
If you want to set default values for
configure scripts to share,
you can create a site shell script called `config.site' that gives
default values for variables like
configure looks for
`prefix/share/config.site' if it exists, then
`prefix/etc/config.site' if it exists. Or, you can set
CONFIG_SITE environment variable to the location of the site
script. A warning: not all
configure scripts look for a site script.
configure recognizes the following options to control how it
configure, and exit.
configurecan determine that directory automatically.
configurescript, and exit.
configure also accepts some other, not widely useful, options.
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