6.24. M4-1.4.14

The M4 package contains a macro processor.

Approximate build time: 0.4 SBU
Required disk space: 14.2 MB

6.24.1. Installation of M4

Add a missing include directive that prevents M4 successfully building against Glibc-2.12.1:

sed -i -e '/"m4.h"/a\
#include <sys/stat.h>' src/path.c

Prepare M4 for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

6.24.2. Contents of M4

Installed program: m4

Short Descriptions


copies the given files while expanding the macros that they contain. These macros are either built-in or user-defined and can take any number of arguments. Besides performing macro expansion, m4 has built-in functions for including named files, running Unix commands, performing integer arithmetic, manipulating text, recursion, etc. The m4 program can be used either as a front-end to a compiler or as a macro processor in its own right.