BSD equivalents of autoconf, automake, etc.

Jonathon McKitrick jcm at
Thu Nov 18 08:05:34 PST 2004

I'm starting to dabble in these self-contained self-building scripts and
tools and so on, like automake, autoconf, libtool, and so on.

Are these the preferred way of doing things on FreeBSD, or is there a better
or more BSD-way of doing them?

Some time ago, Terry Lambert suggested that tools such as imake were vastly
superior, and that the GNU tools were just to compensate for the
inconsistencies across Linux distros.

I'd like to learn something that makes sense to learn because it is
practical, but at the same time, without sacrificing too much portability.


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