Back: Reusing Existing Macros
Forward: Non-interactive behavior
FastBack: Implementation specifics
Up: Writing New Macros for Autoconf
FastForward: Implementation specifics
Top: Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool
Contents: Table of Contents
Index: Index
About: About this document

23.3 Guidelines for writing macros

There are some guidelines which should be followed when writing a macro. The criteria for a well-written macro are that it should be easy to use, well documented and, most importantly, portable. Portability is a difficult problem that requires much anticipation on the part of the macro writer. This section will discuss the design considerations for using a static Autoconf test at compile time versus a test at runtime. It will also cover some of the characteristics of a good macro including non-interactive behavior, properly formatted output and a clean interface for the user of the macro.

This document was generated by Gary V. Vaughan on November, 13 2000 using texi2html