DH_AUTO_CONFIGURE(1)              Debhelper             DH_AUTO_CONFIGURE(1)

NAME         top

       dh_auto_configure - automatically configure a package prior to

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_auto_configure [build system options] [debhelper options]
       [-- params]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_auto_configure is a debhelper program that tries to automatically
       configure a package prior to building. It does so by running the
       appropriate command for the build system it detects the package uses.
       For example, it looks for and runs a ./configure script, Makefile.PL,
       Build.PL, or cmake. A standard set of parameters is determined and
       passed to the program that is run. Some build systems, such as make,
       do not need a configure step; for these dh_auto_configure will exit
       without doing anything.

       This is intended to work for about 90% of packages. If it doesn't
       work, you're encouraged to skip using dh_auto_configure at all, and
       just run ./configure or its equivalent manually.

OPTIONS         top

       See "BUILD SYSTEM OPTIONS" in debhelper(7) for a list of common build
       system selection and control options.

       -- params
           Pass params to the program that is run, after the parameters that
           dh_auto_configure usually passes. For example:

             dh_auto_configure -- --with-foo --enable-bar

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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10.10.9                          2017-11-23             DH_AUTO_CONFIGURE(1)