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These diagrams show the data flows associated with each of the tools you might need to use when bootstrapping a project with GNU Autotools. A lot of files are consumed and produced by these tools, and it is important that all of the required input files are present (and correct) at each stage --
They do not show how the individual files are laid out in a project directory tree, since some of them, `config.guess' for example, have no single place at which they must appear, and others, `Makefile.am' for example, may be present in several places, depending on how you want to structure your project directories.
The key to the diagrams in this appendix follows :
Notice that in some cases, a file ouput during one stage of the whole process becomes the driver for a subsequent stage.
Each of the following diagrams represents the execution of one of the tools in GNU Autotools; they are presented in the order that we recommend you run them, though some stages may not be required for your project. You shouldn't run