23.3 Guidelines for writing macros

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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 May, 24 2001 using texi2html


GNU Autoconf, Automake and Libtool
GNU Autoconf, Automake, and Libtool
ISBN: 1578701902
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 290

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