4.9 Running Arbitrary Configuration Commands
You can execute arbitrary commands before, during, and after
config.status is run. The three following macros accumulate the
commands to run when they are called multiple times.
AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS replaces the obsolete macro
AC_OUTPUT_COMMANDS; see Obsolete Macros, for details.
— Macro: AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS
(tag..., [cmds], [init-cmds]
Specify additional shell commands to run at the end of
config.status, and shell commands to initialize any variables
from configure. Associate the commands with tag.
Since typically the cmds create a file, tag should
naturally be the name of that file. If needed, the directory hosting
tag is created. This macro is one of the instantiating macros;
see Configuration Actions.
Here is an unrealistic example:
[echo this is extra $fubar, and so on.],
Here is a better one:
AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS([timestamp], [date >timestamp])
The following two macros look similar, but in fact they are not of the same
breed: they are executed directly by configure, so you cannot use
config.status to rerun them.
— Macro: AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS_PRE
Execute the cmds right before creating config.status.
This macro presents the last opportunity to call
— Macro: AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS_POST
Execute the cmds right after creating config.status.