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7.3 The easy primaries

This section describes the common primaries that are relatively easy to understand; the more complicated ones are discussed in the next section.

DATA
This is the easiest primary to understand. A macro of this type lists a number of files which are installed verbatim. These files can appear either in the source directory or the build directory.

HEADERS
Macros of this type list header files. These are separate from DATA macros because this allows for extra error checking in some cases.

SCRIPTS
This is used for executable scripts (interpreted programs). These are different from DATA because they are installed with different permissions and because they have the program name transform applied to them (e.g., the `--program-transform-name' argument to configure). Scripts are also different from compiled programs because the latter can be stripped while scripts cannot.

MANS
This lists man pages. Installing man pages is more complicated than you might think due to the lack of a single common practice. One developer might name a man page in the source tree `foo.man' and then rename to the real name (`foo.1') at install time. Another developer might instead use numeric suffixes in the source tree and install using the same name. Sometimes an alphabetic code follows the numeric suffix (e.g., `quux.3n'); this code must be stripped before determining the correct install directory (this file must still be installed in `$(man3dir)'). Automake supports all of these modes of operation:

  • man_MANS can be used when numeric suffixes are already in place:
     
    man_MANS = foo.1 bar.2 quux.3n
    

  • man1_MANS, man2_MANS, etc., can be used to force renaming at install time. This renaming is skipped if the suffix already begins with the correct number. For instance:
     
    man1_MANS = foo.man
    man3_MANS = quux.3n
    
    Here `foo.man' will be installed as `foo.1' but `quux.3n' will keep its name at install time.

TEXINFOS
GNU programs traditionally use the Texinfo documentation format, not man pages. Automake has full support for Texinfo, including some additional features such as versioning and install-info support. We won't go into that here except to mention that it exists. See the Automake reference manual for more information.

Automake supports a variety of lesser-used primaries such as JAVA and LISP (and, in the next major release, PYTHON). See the reference manual for more information on these.


This document was generated by Gary V. Vaughan on February, 8 2006 using texi2html

 
 
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