One can customize
autom4te via ~/.autom4te.cfg (i.e.,
as found in the user home directory), and ./.autom4te.cfg (i.e.,
as found in the directory from which
autom4te is run). The
order is first reading autom4te.cfg, then ~/.autom4te.cfg,
then ./.autom4te.cfg, and finally the command line arguments.
In these text files, comments are introduced with
#, and empty
lines are ignored. Customization is performed on a per-language basis,
wrapped in between a ‘begin-language: "language"’,
‘end-language: "language"’ pair.
Customizing a language stands for appending options (see autom4te Invocation) to the current definition of the language. Options, and more generally arguments, are introduced by ‘args: arguments’. You may use the traditional shell syntax to quote the arguments.
As an example, to disable Autoconf caches (autom4te.cache) globally, include the following lines in ~/.autom4te.cfg:
## ------------------ ## ## User Preferences. ## ## ------------------ ## begin-language: "Autoconf-without-aclocal-m4" args: --no-cache end-language: "Autoconf-without-aclocal-m4"