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17.3 Using `autoupdate' to Modernize `configure.ac'
The `autoupdate' program updates a `configure.ac' file that calls
Autoconf macros by their old names to use the current macro names. In
version 2 of Autoconf, most of the macros were renamed to use a more
uniform and descriptive naming scheme. Note: Macro Names, for a
description of the new scheme. Although the old names still work
(Note: Obsolete Macros, for a list of the old macros and the
corresponding new names), you can make your `configure.ac' files more
readable and make it easier to use the current Autoconf documentation
if you update them to use the new macro names.
If given no arguments, `autoupdate' updates `configure.ac', backing
up the original version with the suffix `~' (or the value of the
environment variable `SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX', if that is set). If you
give `autoupdate' an argument, it reads that file instead of
`configure.ac' and writes the updated file to the standard output.
`autoupdate' accepts the following options:
Print a summary of the command line options and exit.
Print the version number of Autoconf and exit.
Report processing steps.
Don't remove the temporary files.
Force the update even if the file has not changed. Disregard the
Also look for input files in DIR. Multiple invocations accumulate.
Directories are browsed from last to first.
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