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hpr3040 :: Why use GNU Autotools

6 good reasons you should be using a build system

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Hosted by klaatu on 2020-03-27 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Tags: autotools,build,make.
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GNU Autotools is a build system that helps you distribute your code in a predictable and reliable way. Build systems offer many benefits, including:

  1. Standard and automate-able build process
  2. hooks into packaging systems (RPM, DEB, Slackbuilds, Flatpak, Snap, and so on)
  3. version reporting
  4. build for various OSes
  5. you get lots of code to handle every possible corner case, for free
  6. with a single configuration, you can build your project as the developer, build it for packagers, and enable users to build it for themselves

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