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3.3 Using ifnames to List Conditionals

ifnames can help you write ‘configure.ac’ for a software package. It prints the identifiers that the package already uses in C preprocessor conditionals. If a package has already been set up to have some portability, ifnames can thus help you figure out what its configure needs to check for. It may help fill in some gaps in a ‘configure.ac’ generated by autoscan (see section Using autoscan to Create ‘configure.ac).

ifnames scans all of the C source files named on the command line (or the standard input, if none are given) and writes to the standard output a sorted list of all the identifiers that appear in those files in #if, #elif, #ifdef, or #ifndef directives. It prints each identifier on a line, followed by a space-separated list of the files in which that identifier occurs.

ifnames accepts the following options:

--help
-h

Print a summary of the command line options and exit.

--version
-V

Print the version number of Autoconf and exit.


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