GNU Automake

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GNU Automake review by User in Telecommunications
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"Very good tool or executable for automatically generating makefiles"

What do you like best?

The best thing about this tool is - it is free and part of GNU license. So it can be easily included as part of any project where makefiles need to generated - e.g. using utilities like configure (running ./configure that checks for various dependencies and finally generates the makefile depending on the system architecture.

What do you dislike?

Automake is not backward compatible i.e a project created with automake 1.2 will not work with automake 1.3 - so in such cases we may have to include automake versions or always use latest common version of automake for all projects

Recommendations to others considering the product

Automake needs to be used with other utilities like autoconf, gcc, etc in order to generate makefiles. Make sure that all projects use the same version of automake so that compatibility issues do not arise.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our work involves creating multiple projects by integrating several C/C++ files. So in such cases we use automake in combination with other utilities like autoconf, configure, gcc, etc to generate generic makefiles for building the project executable.

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GNU Automake review by Akim D.
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"Makefiles even more declarative"

What do you like best?

Make and Makefiles are the historical build system for Unix. Because it is open to any build tool, it is still a relevant standard today. However, to much boilerplate is needed, and Automake, a translator for extended Makefiles, takes care of this. Since it's an extended Makefile, whenever needed, writing regular Make recipes works.

What do you dislike?

On Windows, until recently, it's not simple to use Make, hence Automake is (was?) not to adequate for project targeting Windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

One needs to master Makefiles before, and know how to use Autoconf.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rules to build my C/C++ projects.

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GNU Automake review by User in Consumer Services
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"GNU Automake for C++ projects"

What do you like best?

Simplifies writing Makefiles in higher-level language rather than writing everything manually. Automatically takes care of all dependencies. When a source is modified it automatically recompiles it when next time automake is invoked. It automatically resolves large number of targets to be built for which is tedious with plain makefiles

What do you dislike?

having static paths breaks cross-compilation ability.Steep learning curve.It Does not fit well for Windows OS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perfect tool for compiling,cleaning, installing and uninstalling C++ programs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building and deploying C++ projects.

GNU Automake review by Administrator in Religious Institutions
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"Best for compiling programs"

What do you like best?

The speed and ease of preparing software for compiling and installing cannot be beat.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it complains about missing dependencies that are not required for the compiled program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have not found any other software that works as well as Automake for your software compiling needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running several Debian servers, the ability to compile programs specific for my installation make this a lifesaver.

GNU Automake review by User in Consumer Services
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"Very easy build tool for building native components"

What do you like best?

I have been using automake to build cross-platform components (iOS, Android and mac). It works like a charm.

What do you dislike?

Keep the tool version up to date or managed through MacPorts is painful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's helpful in building cross-platform components.

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