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20 History of Autoconf

You may be wondering, Why was Autoconf originally written?  How did it
get into its present form?  (Why does it look like gorilla spit?)  If
you're not wondering, then this chapter contains no information useful
to you, and you might as well skip it.  If you _are_ wondering, then
let there be light....

* Genesis
Prehistory and naming of `configure'
* Exodus
The plagues of M4 and Perl
* Leviticus
The priestly code of portability arrives
* Numbers
Growth and contributors
* Deuteronomy
Approaching the promises of easy configuration

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