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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 rules; 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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