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4.9.3 Autoheader Macros

autoheader scans and figures out which C preprocessor symbols it might define. It knows how to generate templates for symbols defined by AC_CHECK_HEADERS, AC_CHECK_FUNCS etc., but if you AC_DEFINE any additional symbol, you must define a template for it. If there are missing templates, autoheader fails with an error message.

The template for a symbol is created by autoheader from the description argument to an AC_DEFINE; see Defining Symbols.

For special needs, you can use the following macros.

Macro: AH_TEMPLATE (key, description)

Tell autoheader to generate a template for key. This macro generates standard templates just like AC_DEFINE when a description is given.

For example:

  [Name of the file to open to get
   a null file, or a data sink.])

generates the following template, with the description properly justified.

/* Name of the file to open to get a null file, or a data sink. */
Macro: AH_VERBATIM (key, template)

Tell autoheader to include the template as-is in the header template file. This template is associated with the key, which is used to sort all the different templates and guarantee their uniqueness. It should be a symbol that can be defined via AC_DEFINE.

Macro: AH_TOP (text)

Include text at the top of the header template file.

Macro: AH_BOTTOM (text)

Include text at the bottom of the header template file.

Please note that text gets included “verbatim” to the template file, not to the resulting config header, so it can easily get mangled when the template is processed. There is rarely a need for something other than

AH_BOTTOM([#include <custom.h>])

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