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21. The effect of --gnu and --gnits

The `--gnu' option (or `gnu' in the `AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS' variable) causes automake to check the following:

Note that this option will be extended in the future to do even more checking; it is advisable to be familiar with the precise requirements of the GNU standards. Also, `--gnu' can require certain non-standard GNU programs to exist for use by various maintainer-only targets; for instance in the future pathchk might be required for `make dist'.

The `--gnits' option does everything that `--gnu' does, and checks the following as well:

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