Diffstat (limited to 'INSTALL')
1 files changed, 27 insertions, 26 deletions
@@ -1,8 +1,8 @@
-Copyright (C) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 Free
-Software Foundation, Inc.
+Copyright (C) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005,
+2006, 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This file is free documentation; the Free Software Foundation gives
unlimited permission to copy, distribute and modify it.
@@ -10,7 +10,10 @@ unlimited permission to copy, distribute and modify it.
-These are generic installation instructions.
+Briefly, the shell commands `./configure; make; make install' should
+configure, build, and install this package. The following
+more-detailed instructions are generic; see the `README' file for
+instructions specific to this package.
The `configure' shell script attempts to guess correct values for
various system-dependent variables used during compilation. It uses
@@ -23,9 +26,9 @@ debugging `configure').
It can also use an optional file (typically called `config.cache'
and enabled with `--cache-file=config.cache' or simply `-C') that saves
-the results of its tests to speed up reconfiguring. (Caching is
+the results of its tests to speed up reconfiguring. Caching is
disabled by default to prevent problems with accidental use of stale
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
@@ -35,20 +38,17 @@ some point `config.cache' contains results you don't want to keep, you
may remove or edit it.
The file `configure.ac' (or `configure.in') is used to create
-`configure' by a program called `autoconf'. You only need
-`configure.ac' if you want to change it or regenerate `configure' using
-a newer version of `autoconf'.
+`configure' by a program called `autoconf'. You need `configure.ac' if
+you want to change it or regenerate `configure' using a newer version
The simplest way to compile this package is:
1. `cd' to the directory containing the package's source code and type
- `./configure' to configure the package for your system. If you're
- using `csh' on an old version of System V, you might need to type
- `sh ./configure' instead to prevent `csh' from trying to execute
- `configure' itself.
+ `./configure' to configure the package for your system.
- Running `configure' takes awhile. While running, it prints some
- messages telling which features it is checking for.
+ Running `configure' might take a while. While running, it prints
+ some messages telling which features it is checking for.
2. Type `make' to compile the package.
@@ -67,6 +67,9 @@ The simplest way to compile this package is:
all sorts of other programs in order to regenerate files that came
with the distribution.
+ 6. Often, you can also type `make uninstall' to remove the installed
+ files again.
Compilers and Options
@@ -78,7 +81,7 @@ details on some of the pertinent environment variables.
by setting variables in the command line or in the environment. Here
is an example:
- ./configure CC=c89 CFLAGS=-O2 LIBS=-lposix
+ ./configure CC=c99 CFLAGS=-g LIBS=-lposix
*Note Defining Variables::, for more details.
@@ -87,17 +90,15 @@ Compiling For Multiple Architectures
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 `make' that
-supports the `VPATH' variable, such as GNU `make'. `cd' to the
+own directory. To do this, you can use GNU `make'. `cd' to the
directory where you want the object files and executables to go and run
the `configure' script. `configure' automatically checks for the
source code in the directory that `configure' is in and in `..'.
- If you have to use a `make' that does not support the `VPATH'
-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 another architecture.
+ With a non-GNU `make', it is safer 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 another architecture.
@@ -190,12 +191,12 @@ them in the `configure' command line, using `VAR=value'. For example:
causes the specified `gcc' to be used as the C compiler (unless it is
-overridden in the site shell script). Here is a another example:
+overridden in the site shell script).
- /bin/bash ./configure CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash
+Unfortunately, this technique does not work for `CONFIG_SHELL' due to
+an Autoconf bug. Until the bug is fixed you can use this workaround:
-Here the `CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash' operand causes subsequent
-configuration-related scripts to be executed by `/bin/bash'.
+ CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash /bin/bash ./configure CONFIG_SHELL=/bin/bash