You may find it convenient to create links whose destinations depend upon
results of tests. One can use
AC_CONFIG_COMMANDS but the
creation of relative symbolic links can be delicate when the package is
built in a directory different from the source directory.
AC_OUTPUT link each of the existing files source to
the corresponding link name dest. Makes a symbolic link if
possible, otherwise a hard link if possible, otherwise a copy. The
dest and source names should be relative to the top level
source or build directory, and should not contain shell metacharacters.
See Special Chars in Variables.
This macro is one of the instantiating macros; see Configuration Actions.
For example, this call:
creates in the current directory host.h as a link to srcdir/config/$machine.h, and object.h as a link to srcdir/config/$obj_format.h.
The tempting value ‘.’ for dest is invalid: it makes it impossible for ‘config.status’ to guess the links to establish.
One can then run:
./config.status host.h object.h
to create the links.