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A python library for writing C/C++ configure files.

Project Description

# - Python Autoconf #

## Introduction # is a Python implementation of the popular autoconf tool used in ascertaining a sane, stable environment before attempting to build large projects. The purpose of is to provide a simpler way of performing these tests, along with added functionality to resolve environmental issues at the same time.

### License # is licensed with [GPLv3]( This is free software that may be used by anyone for any purposes and distributed freely, and comes with no warranty.

### Author Info. # Originally authored by [Tom A. Thorogood](’s central repository is located at [](

## Installation # can be installed using

pip install ac


easy_install ac

Additionally, you can clone and install yourself using:

git clone git:// cd python install

You do not need to install in order to use it. It can be cloned and used as any standard Python module.

## Usage # aims to be simpler than than traditional autoconf, and is highly customizable. The following tutorial will allow you to:

  • Test for libraries and executables
  • Set up distribution-specific alternatives for failed tests
  • Use test results to populate fields in a manifest Makefile.

## The Shell Environment# will always attempt to test the shell environment first. The default shell can be changed using the --shell flag. When running any shell scripts generated by or written by you, the hashbang interpreter directive will always be at the head of each script (#!/bin/sh), using the results from the shell environment test.

If you do not want your users to have to use the shell flag, but do want to require a specific shell environment, you can set the default using

# ac.set_shell ac.set_shell(“sh”) ac.set_shell(“bash”) ac.set_shell(“tcsh”)

However, it is highgly recommended that you use bash commands and scripts that will work across all platforms and shells.

## Required Successes #

Tests marked as required (or called with a ‘require’ function) will halt the configuration script if the test is not a success and there is no fail alternative provided.

## A Generic Test #

You can use any Python scripting to come up with a true/false result and pass the result into the test framework using

# ac.test(“test_name”, result, [required=True|False])

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