6.31. M4-1.4.17

The M4 package contains a macro processor.

Approximate build time: 0.5 SBU
Required disk space: 31 MB

6.31.1. Installation of M4

Prepare M4 for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue:

make check

The test-update-copyright.sh failure can safely be ignored.

Install the package:

make install

6.31.2. 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.]