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automake - manual page for automake 1.15.1


automake-1.15 [OPTION]... [Makefile]...


Generate for configure from

Operation modes:

print this help, then exit
print version number, then exit
verbosely list files processed
only update's that are out of date
report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

Dependency tracking:

disable dependency tracking code
enable dependency tracking code


set strictness to foreign
set strictness to gnits
set strictness to gnu

Library files:

add missing standard files to package
set directory storing library files
print directory storing library files
with -a, copy missing files (default is symlink)
force update of standard files

Warning categories include:

GNU coding standards (default in gnu and gnits modes)
obsolete features or constructions
user redefinitions of Automake rules or variables
portability issues (default in gnu and gnits modes)
extra portability issues related to obscure tools
dubious syntactic constructs (default)
unsupported or incomplete features (default)
all the warnings
turn off warnings in CATEGORY
turn off all the warnings
treat warnings as errors

Files automatically distributed if found (always):

INSTALL config.rpath ltconfig
NEWS config.sub
README depcomp mdate-sh
THANKS install-sh missing
TODO mkinstalldirs
ar-lib py-compile
compile texinfo.tex
config.guess ylwrap

Files automatically distributed if found (under certain conditions): configure stamp-vti


Written by Tom Tromey <>

and Alexandre Duret-Lutz <>.


Report bugs to <>.
GNU Automake home page: <>.
General help using GNU software: <>.


Copyright © 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for automake is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and automake programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info automake

should give you access to the complete manual.

April 2018 automake 1.15.1