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4.10 Running Arbitrary Configuration Commands

You can execute arbitrary commands before, during, and after ‘config.status’ is run. The three following macros accumulate the commands to run when they are called multiple times. AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS replaces the obsolete macro AC_OUTPUT_COMMANDS; see Obsolete Macros, for details.

Macro: AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS (tag…, [cmds] @ovar{init-cmds})

Specify additional shell commands to run at the end of ‘config.status’, and shell commands to initialize any variables from configure. Associate the commands with tag. Since typically the cmds create a file, tag should naturally be the name of that file. If needed, the directory hosting tag is created. This macro is one of the instantiating macros; see Performing Configuration Actions.

Here is an unrealistic example:

                   [echo this is extra $fubar, and so on.],

Here is a better one:

AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS([timestamp], [date >timestamp])

The following two macros look similar, but in fact they are not of the same breed: they are executed directly by ‘configure’, so you cannot use ‘config.status’ to rerun them.


Execute the cmds right before creating ‘config.status’.

This macro presents the last opportunity to call AC_SUBST, AC_DEFINE, or AC_CONFIG_ITEMS macros.


Execute the cmds right after creating ‘config.status’.

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