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aclocal program doesn't have any built-in knowledge of any
macros, so it is easy to extend it with your own macros.
This is mostly used for libraries which want to supply their own
Autoconf macros for use by other programs. For instance the
gettext library supplies a macro
should be used by any package using
gettext. When the library is
installed, it installs this macro so that
aclocal will find it.
A file of macros should be a series of
aclocal programs also understands
AC_REQUIRE, so it is
safe to put each macro in a separate file. See section `Prerequisite Macros' in The Autoconf Manual, and section `Macro Definitions' in The Autoconf Manual.
A macro file's name should end in `.m4'. Such files should be
`aclocal --print-ac-dir` (which usually happens to
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