The configure script facilitates the discovery and configuration of the software building environment. Many source packages contain a configure script generated using the autoconf tool. The configure script is usually accompanied by a Makefile.in input file that is used to generate a Makefile with appropriate configuration options to compile and build the software package using Make. The configure script provides a simple and consistent way to build, compile and install the package from source code using a set of simple commands:
./configure make make check make install
The autoreconf tool can be used to regenerate the configure script from the source files. Additional software such as autoconf-archive may be needed in order to do this. The following command is recommended when regenerating the configure script and other related files.
autoreconf --force --install --symlink
Debian package builds automatically regenerate the configure script via debhelper and dh-autoreconf.
- configure: error: source directory already configured
run "make distclean" there first
- configure: error: Too many levels of symbolic links
- This error may occur when a third party configure script is being run within a subdirectory of the project directory: # This may produce an error on some systems:
cd ~/foobar mkdir build cd build ../configure ../build/cmd/.config: Too many levels of symbolic links
Use a build directory outside of the current project directory:
cd ~ mkdir foobuild cd foobuild ../foobar/configure
The Goat Book: a book about now obsolete versions of the GNU autotools