To check for a syntax feature of the current language’s (see Language Choice) compiler, such as whether it recognizes a certain keyword, or
simply to try some library feature, use
AC_COMPILE_IFELSE to try
to compile a small program that uses that feature.
Run the compiler and compilation flags of the current language
(see Language Choice) on the input, run the shell commands
action-if-true on success, action-if-false otherwise. The
input can be made by
AC_LANG_PROGRAM and friends.
It is customary to report unexpected failures with
AC_MSG_FAILURE. This macro does not try to link; use
AC_LINK_IFELSE if you need to do that (see Running the Linker). If needed, action-if-true can further access the
just-compiled object file conftest.$OBJEXT.
This macro uses
AC_REQUIRE for the compiler associated with the
current language, which means that if the compiler has not yet been
determined, the compiler determination will be made prior to the body of
AC_DEFUN macro that triggered this macro to
expand (see Expanded Before Required).
For tests in Erlang, the input must be the source code of a module named
AC_COMPILE_IFELSE generates a conftest.beam
file that can be interpreted by the Erlang virtual machine (
ERL). It is
recommended to use
AC_LANG_PROGRAM to specify the test program,
to ensure that the Erlang module has the right name.