aclocal accepts the following options:
Look for the automake-provided macro files in dir instead of in the installation directory. This is typically used for debugging.
The environment variable
ACLOCAL_AUTOMAKE_DIR provides another
way to set the directory containing automake-provided macro files.
However --automake-acdir takes precedence over it.
Look for the system-wide third-party macro files (and the special dirlist file) in dir instead of in the installation directory. This is typically used for debugging.
Run command on M4 file that would be installed or overwritten by --install. The default command is ‘diff -u’. This option implies --install and --dry-run.
Do not actually overwrite (or create) aclocal.m4 and M4 files installed by --install.
Print a summary of the command line options and exit.
Add the directory dir to the list of directories searched for .m4 files.
Install system-wide third-party macros into the first directory specified with ‘-I dir’ instead of copying them in the output file. Note that this will happen also if dir is an absolute path.
When this option is used, and only when this option is used,
aclocal will also honor ‘#serial number’ lines
that appear in macros: an M4 file is ignored if there exists another
M4 file with the same basename and a greater serial number in the
search path (see Serials).
Always overwrite the output file. The default is to overwrite the output file only when really needed, i.e., when its contents changes or if one of its dependencies is younger.
This option forces the update of aclocal.m4 (or the file specified with --output below) and only this file, it has absolutely no influence on files that may need to be installed by --install.
Cause the output to be put into file instead of aclocal.m4.
Prints the name of the directory that
aclocal will search to
find third-party .m4 files. When this option is given, normal
processing is suppressed. This option was used in the past by
third-party packages to determine where to install .m4 macro
files, but this usage is today discouraged, since it causes
‘$(prefix)’ not to be thoroughly honored (which violates the
GNU Coding Standards), and a similar semantics can be better obtained
ACLOCAL_PATH environment variable; see Extending aclocal.
Print the names of the files it examines.
Print the version number of Automake and exit.
Output warnings falling in category. category can be one of:
dubious syntactic constructs, underquoted macros, unused macros, etc.
all the warnings, this is the default
turn off all the warnings
treat warnings as errors
All warnings are output by default.
The environment variable
WARNINGS is honored in the same
way as it is for
automake (see automake Invocation).