configure script is a standard method of determining compiler and system capabilities and options for Linux-based software. Mozilla uses
configure on all platforms.
configure is a shell script generated from an template file
configure.in, using Autoconf.
Here's an example of how to add a configure option to the build. Please consult the build system owner (Benjamin Smedberg) before adding configure options. New options will only be accepted if they are going to be maintained and tested appropriately.
MOZ_ARG_ENABLE_BOOL(foo, [ --enable-foo Insert some documentation here. Try to keep the spacing lined up right.], MOZ_FOO=1, MOZ_FOO=) dnl AC_SUBST will replace @MOZ_FOO@ in makefiles. AC_SUBST(MOZ_FOO) dnl If you need to use #ifdef MOZ_FOO in C/C++ code, use AC_DEFINE. In most cases this dnl is unnecessary, as Makefile ifdefs are sufficient. if test -n "$MOZ_FOO"; then AC_DEFINE(MOZ_FOO) fi
configure by running Autoconf 2.13. On most systems, the command is
config/autoconf.mk.in, add the
MOZ_FOO variable to the list of substituted variables:
MOZ_FOO = @MOZ_FOO@
autoconf.mk is included at the top of every Mozilla Makefile, the
MOZ_FOO variable will be available to every makefile.