Some day I will rip out all the autocrap stuff and replace it with a 5 line script that calls uname -s

So some deranged imagination, came up with the idea of the configure script, which sniffed at your system and set up a Makefile that would work.

Writing configure scripts was hard work, for one thing you needed a ton of different systems to test them on, so copy&paste became the order of the day.

Then some even more deranged imagination, came up with the idea of writing a script for writing configure scripts, and in an amazing and daring attempt at the “all time most deranged” crown, used an obscure and insufferable macro-processor called m4 for the implementation.

Now, as it transpires, writing the specification for the configure producing macros was tedious, so somebody wrote a tool to…

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