cpf cpf - 1 month ago 34
C++ Question

gnu autotools: Debug/Release targets?

I've been looking for this for a while: I'm currently converting a medium-size program to autotools, coming from an eclipse-based method (with makefiles)

I'm always used to having a "debug" build, with all debug symbols and no optimizations, and a "release" build, without debug symbols and best optimizations.

Now I'm trying to replicate this in some way with autotools, so I can (perhaps) do something like:

./configure
make debug


Which would have all debug symbols and no optimizations, and where:

./configure
make


Would result in the "release" version (default)

PS: I've read about the --enable-debug flag/feature, but in my current (simple) setup, using that is unrecognized by
configure

Answer

Add a clause to your configure.in or configure.ac file;

AC_ARG_ENABLE(debug,
AS_HELP_STRING([--enable-debug],
               [enable debugging, default: no]),
[case "${enableval}" in
             yes) debug=true ;;
             no)  debug=false ;;
             *)   AC_MSG_ERROR([bad value ${enableval} for --enable-debug]) ;;
esac],
[debug=false])

AM_CONDITIONAL(DEBUG, test x"$debug" = x"true")

Now in your Makefile.inor Makefile.am;

if DEBUG
AM_CFLAGS = -g3 -O0
AM_CXXFLAGS = -g3 -O0
else
AM_CFLAGS = -O2
AM_CXXFLAGS = -O2
endif

So when debugis enabled you can modify your {C/CXX}FLAGSto enable debug information.