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6.1 Language Choice

Autoconf-generated configure scripts check for the C compiler and its features by default. Packages that use other programming languages (maybe more than one, e.g., C and C++) need to test features of the compilers for the respective languages. The following macros determine which programming language is used in the subsequent tests in `configure.ac'.

Macro: AC_LANG (language)
Do compilation tests using the compiler, preprocessor, and file extensions for the specified language.

Supported languages are:

Do compilation tests using CC and CPP and use extension `.c' for test programs.

Do compilation tests using CXX and CXXCPP and use extension `.C' for test programs.

`Fortran 77'
Do compilation tests using F77 and use extension `.f' for test programs.

Macro: AC_LANG_PUSH (language)
Remember the current language (as set by AC_LANG) on a stack, and then select the language. Use this macro and AC_LANG_POP in macros that need to temporarily switch to a particular language.

Macro: AC_LANG_POP ([language])
Select the language that is saved on the top of the stack, as set by AC_LANG_PUSH, and remove it from the stack.

If given, language specifies the language we just quit. It is a good idea to specify it when it's known (which should be the case...), since Autoconf will detect inconsistencies.

AC_LANG_PUSH(Fortran 77)
# Perform some tests on Fortran 77.
# ...
AC_LANG_POP(Fortran 77)

Ensure that whichever preprocessor would currently be used for tests has been found. Calls AC_REQUIRE (see section 9.4.1 Prerequisite Macros) with an argument of either AC_PROG_CPP or AC_PROG_CXXCPP, depending on which language is current.

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