Installing Bash Compilers and Options
These are installation instructions for Bash.
configure shell script attempts to guess correct
values for various system-dependent variables used during
compilation. It uses those values to create a `
each directory of the package (the top directory, the
builtins' and `
doc' directories, and the
each directory under `
lib'). It also creates a
config.h' file containing system-dependent definitions.
Finally, it creates a shell script named
config.status that you
can run in the future to recreate the current configuration, a
config.cache' that saves the results of its tests to
speed up reconfiguring, and a file `
compiler output (useful mainly for debugging
If at some point
config.cache' contains results you don't want to keep, you
may remove or edit it.
If you need to do unusual things to compile Bash, please
try to figure out how
configure could check whether or not
to do them, and mail diffs or instructions to
email@example.com so they can be
considered for the next release.
The file `
configure.in' is used to create
by a program called Autoconf. You only need
configure.in' if you want to change it or regenerate
configure using a newer version of Autoconf. If
you do this, make sure you are using Autoconf version 2.10 or
If you need to change `
configure.in' or regenerate
configure, you will need to create two files:
_distribution' and `
should contain the major and minor version numbers of the Bash
distribution, for example `
contain the patch level of the Bash distribution, `
example. The script `
support/mkconffiles' has been provided
to automate the creation of these files.
The simplest way to compile Bash is:
cdto the directory containing the source code and type `
./configure' to configure Bash for your system. If you're using
cshon an old version of System V, you might need to type `
sh ./configure' instead to prevent
cshfrom trying to execute
configure takes awhile. While running, it prints some
messages telling which features it is checking for.
make' to compile Bash and build the
bashbugbug reporting script.
make tests' to run the Bash test suite.
make install' to install
bashbug. This will also install the manual pages and Info file.
You can remove the program binaries and object files from the
source code directory by typing `
make clean'. To also remove the
configure created (so you can compile Bash for
a different kind of computer), type `