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./configure is a script that is often found in the top level directory of the source code to a software package.

This is used to dynamically create config.h, Makefile, and other files as appropriate to the system on which the script is run. This makes the sources portable, allowing the program to cleanly build (compile) on a broad range of systems.

configure scripts are often created using the GNU autoconf package. However, many are handcrafted as well.

A source tarball containing a ./configure script can often be built using the following sequence of commands (from its top-level directory):

./configure; make && make install


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