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Dependencies: None
Version: 2.69

Autoconf creates a configuration script for a package from a template file that lists the operating system features that the package can use.

Get the Code

Switch to /usr/local/src and download the source package.

cd /usr/local/src
curl --remote-name

Extract the archive and move into the folder.

tar -xzvf autoconf-VERSION.tar.gz
cd autoconf-VERSION

Compile and Install

Configure, compile and install into /usr/local/mac-dev-env/autoconf-VERSION.

./configure --prefix=/usr/local/mac-dev-env/autoconf-VERSION
make install

Create a symbolic link to /usr/local/autoconf.

sudo ln -s mac-dev-env/autoconf-VERSION /usr/local/autoconf


Execute the following lines to update your Bash startup script.

echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/autoconf/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile

Load the new shell configurations.

source ~/.bash_profile

Verify the Installation

Verify that you have successfully installed Autoconf.

autoconf --version