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automake-1.16 [OPTION]... [Makefile]...

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print this help, then exit
print version number, then exit
verbosely list files processed
only update's that are out of date
report the warnings falling in CATEGORY

disable dependency tracking code
enable dependency tracking code

set strictness to foreign
set strictness to gnits
set strictness to gnu

add missing standard files to package
set directory storing library files
print directory storing library files
with -a, copy missing files (default is symlink)
force update of standard files

cross compilation issues
GNU coding standards (default in gnu and gnits modes)
obsolete features or constructions (default)
user redefinitions of Automake rules or variables
portability issues (default in gnu and gnits modes)
nested Make variables (default with -Wportability)
extra portability issues related to obscure tools
dubious syntactic constructs (default)
unsupported or incomplete features (default)
all the warnings
turn off warnings in CATEGORY
turn off all the warnings
treat warnings as errors

TODO install-sh mdate-sh
ar-lib missing
compile mkinstalldirs
config.guess py-compile
config.rpath texinfo.tex
config.sub ltconfig ylwrap

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March 2023 GNU automake 1.16.5