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Automake supports a simple type of conditionals.

Before using a conditional, you must define it by using AM_CONDITIONAL in the configure.in file. The AM_CONDITIONAL macro takes two arguments.

The first argument to AM_CONDITIONAL is the name of the conditional. This should be a simple string starting with a letter and containing only letters, digits, and underscores.

The second argument to AM_CONDITIONAL is a shell condition, suitable for use in a shell if statement. The condition is evaluated when configure is run.

Conditionals typically depend upon options which the user provides to the configure script. Here is an example of how to write a conditional which is true if the user uses the `--enable-debug' option.

[  --enable-debug    Turn on debugging],
[case "${enableval}" in
  yes) debug=true ;;
  no)  debug=false ;;
  *) AC_MSG_ERROR(bad value ${enableval} for --enable-debug) ;;
AM_CONDITIONAL(DEBUG, test x$debug = xtrue)

Here is an example of how to use that conditional in `Makefile.am':

DBG = debug
noinst_PROGRAMS = $(DBG)

This trivial example could also be handled using EXTRA_PROGRAMS (see section Building a program).

You may only test a single variable in an if statement. The else statement may be omitted. Conditionals may be nested to any depth.

Note that conditionals in Automake are not the same as conditionals in GNU Make. Automake conditionals are checked at configure time by the `configure' script, and affect the translation from `Makefile.in' to `Makefile'. They are based on options passed to `configure' and on results that `configure' has discovered about the host system. GNU Make conditionals are checked at make time, and are based on variables passed to the make program or defined in the `Makefile'.

Automake conditionals will work with any make program.

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