GNU automake tool. Create GNU standards-compliant Makefile.in files from Makefile.am template files and can be used to ensure that projects contain all the files and install options required to be standards-compliant. Note that Versions 1.4 and 1.6 differ enough that many distributions include an automake14 package for backward compatibility.
Add any missing files that automake requires to the directory by creating symbolic links to automake's default versions.
Used with the -a option. Copy missing files instead of creating symbolic links.
Specifies project has a Cygnus-style source tree.
Used with the -a option. Replace required files even if a local copy already exists.
Treat project as a non-GNU project. Check only for elements required for proper operation.
Treat project as a GNU project with the GNU project structure.
A stricter version of --gnu, performing more checks to comply with GNU project structure rules.
Print help message, then exit.
Disable automatic dependency tracking.
Used with the -a option. Search in directory dir for default files.
Update only Makefile.in files that have updated dependents.