Automake provides initial support for Vala
This requires valac version 0.7.0 or later, and currently requires
the user to use GNU
foo_SOURCES = foo.vala bar.vala zardoz.c
Any .vala file listed in a
_SOURCES variable will be
compiled into C code by the Vala compiler. The generated .c files
are distributed. The end user does not need to have a Vala compiler installed.
Automake ships with an Autoconf macro called
that will locate the Vala compiler and optionally check its version
Search for a Vala compiler in
PATH. If it is found, the variable
VALAC is set to point to it (see below for more details). This
macro takes three optional arguments. The first argument, if present,
is the minimum version of the Vala API required to compile this package.
For Vala releases, this is the same as the major and minor release
number; e.g., when
valac --version reports
valac --api-version reports
0.48. If a compiler is found
and satisfies minimum-version, then action-if-found is run
(this defaults to do nothing). Otherwise, action-if-not-found is
run. If action-if-not-found is not specified, the default value
is to print a warning in case no compiler is found, or if a too-old
version of the compiler is found.
There are a few variables that are used when compiling Vala sources:
Absolute path to the Vala compiler, or simply ‘valac’ if no suitable Vala compiler could be found at configure runtime.
Additional arguments for the Vala compiler.
The maintainer’s variant of
lib_LTLIBRARIES = libfoo.la libfoo_la_SOURCES = foo.vala
Note that currently, you cannot use per-target
(see Why are object files sometimes renamed?) to produce different C files from one Vala