autoconf does the job and supports many platforms, but it suffers from at least the following problems:

autosetup attempts to address these issues as follows by directly parsing a simple auto.def file, written in Tcl, and directly generating output files such as config.h and Makefile.

autosetup runs under either Tcl 8.5, which is available on almost any modern system, or Jim Tcl which can automatically bootstrap with just a C compiler.


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