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GC3 graudates into S3IT
Posted early Tuesday morning, July 1st, 2014
How to create a module that also load a virtualenvironment
Posted late Friday morning, March 7th, 2014
Openstack workshop at GC3
Posted at noon on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Moving LVM volumes used by a Cinder storage
Posted late Friday evening, February 21st, 2014
How to configure swift glusterfs
Posted Monday night, February 10th, 2014
Yet another timeout problem when starting many instances at once
Posted late Friday night, February 8th, 2014
Fixing LDAP Authentication over TLS/SSL
Posted Monday night, January 6th, 2014
Linker command-line options for Intel MKL
Posted Saturday night, January 4th, 2014
A virtue of lazyness
Posted Saturday afternoon, December 21st, 2013
(Almost) readable CFEngine logs
Posted Thursday afternoon, December 19th, 2013
CFEngine error: ExpandAndMapIteratorsFromScalar called with invalid strlen
Posted Wednesday afternoon, December 11th, 2013
'Martian source' log messages and the default IP route
Posted Monday afternoon, November 25th, 2013
GC3 takes over maintenance of the Schroedinger cluster
Posted at noon on Monday, November 4th, 2013
Grid Engine: how to find the set of nodes that ran a job (after it's finished)
Posted early Wednesday morning, October 30th, 2013
Python2 vs Python3
Posted at teatime on Friday, September 13th, 2013
GC3Pie 2.1.1 released
Posted Friday evening, September 6th, 2013
Happy SysAdmin day!
Posted mid-morning Friday, July 26th, 2013
Object-oriented Python training
Posted Thursday afternoon, July 25th, 2013
Elasticluster 1.0.0 released
Posted Thursday night, July 18th, 2013
Short Autotools tutorial
Posted at lunch time on Friday, July 5th, 2013
Patch Emacs' PostScript printing
Posted Tuesday evening, June 11th, 2013
Slides of the Object-oriented Python course now available!
Posted Tuesday evening, June 11th, 2013
Automated deployment of CFEngine keys
Posted at midnight, May 31st, 2013
Posted Tuesday evening, May 14th, 2013
Join us at the Compute Cloud Experience Workshop!
Posted early Monday morning, April 29th, 2013
GC3 Beamer theme released
Posted at lunch time on Friday, April 5th, 2013
VM-MAD at the International Supercompting Conference 2013
Posted at lunch time on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
The GC3 is on GitHub
Posted at lunch time on Monday, March 18th, 2013
How to enable search in IkiWiki
Posted Friday afternoon, March 15th, 2013
GC3Pie Training
Posted Thursday night, March 7th, 2013
Object-oriented Python training
Posted Thursday afternoon, March 7th, 2013
Advance Reservations in GridEngine
Posted late Thursday morning, March 7th, 2013
GridEngine accounting queries with PostgreSQL
Posted Wednesday night, March 6th, 2013
Floating IPs not available on Hobbes
Posted at teatime on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
Notes on SWIFT
Posted mid-morning Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
An online Python code quality analyzer
Posted at lunch time on Saturday, February 9th, 2013
Seminar on cloud infrastructure
Posted Sunday night, February 3rd, 2013
GC3 announce its cloud infrastructure Hobbes
Posted Wednesday afternoon, January 30th, 2013
GC3Pie 2.0.2 released
Posted Monday afternoon, January 28th, 2013
Continuous Integration with Jenkins
Posted at noon on Saturday, January 26th, 2013
On the importance of testing in a clean environment
Posted mid-morning Monday, January 21st, 2013
Weirdness with ImageMagick's `convert`
Posted at teatime on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
boto vs libcloud
Posted Tuesday afternoon, January 15th, 2013
Resolve timeout problem when starting many instances at once
Posted at lunch time on Monday, January 7th, 2013
Proceedings of the EGI Community Forum 2012 published
Posted at teatime on Monday, December 17th, 2012
SGE Workaround Installation
Posted at lunch time on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
How to pass an argument of list type to a CFEngine3 bundle
Posted mid-morning Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
GC3 at the 'Clouds for Future Internet' workshop
Posted mid-morning Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
GC3 attends European Commission Cloud Expert Group
Posted mid-morning Monday, October 29th, 2012
SwiNG - SDCD2012 event
Posted at lunch time on Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Large Scale Computing Infrastructures class starts tomorrow!
Posted late Tuesday afternoon, September 25th, 2012
From bare metal to cloud at GC3
Posted mid-morning Monday, September 24th, 2012
GC3 at the EGI Technical Forum 2012
Posted Thursday night, September 20th, 2012
Training on GC3Pie and Python
Posted late Friday evening, September 7th, 2012
GC3Pie used for research in Computational Quantum Chemistry
Posted late Thursday afternoon, September 6th, 2012
``What's so great about MPI or Boost.MPI?''
Posted mid-morning Thursday, September 6th, 2012
blog/How to generate UML diagram with `pyreverse`
Posted late Thursday morning, August 23rd, 2012
Git's `rebase` command
Posted mid-morning Friday, June 15th, 2012
AppPot 0.27 released!
Posted at noon on Thursday, June 14th, 2012
Urban computing - connecting to your server using `mosh`
Posted mid-morning Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
Whitespace cleanup with Emacs
Posted Tuesday afternoon, June 5th, 2012
Translate pages on this site
Posted Thursday evening, May 31st, 2012
Scientific paper citing GC3Pie
Posted Wednesday evening, May 30th, 2012
GC3 attends Nordugrid 2012 conference
Posted at lunch time on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
How the front page image was made
Posted late Wednesday evening, May 16th, 2012
GC3 blog launched!
Posted late Tuesday evening, May 15th, 2012
New GC3 Wiki now online!
Posted Tuesday evening, May 15th, 2012
AppPot paper on arXiv
Posted Tuesday evening, May 15th, 2012
GC3 at the EGI Technical Forum 2011
Posted Tuesday evening, May 15th, 2012

What is autotools

Autotools are a set of tools aimed to automatically determine the correct options for the compiler and produce Makfiles to compile your software. A better, more in deep explanation of what autotools is can be found on the Autotools official website, for our very short introduction the only things you need to know are:

  • There are Makefile.am files you create with a specific syntax. These files essentially contain variable assignmenet, later interpreted by automake. You have one of this fore each Makefile you want to produce. This is where you define what has to be compiled starting from which source files.
  • automake tool converts Makefile.am into Makefile.in files, using m4 macros and a lot of magic...
  • Makefile.in files are parametric makefiles, makefiles with some placeholders like @prefix@ which are replaced by the configure script. They usually contain a lot of commonly used targets, like install, clean, distclean etc...
  • configure.ac is a configuration file read by autoconf tool. It contains m4 macros. This is where you can define new options for the configure script, for instance.
  • autoconf tool produces a configure script where the configure.ac file is.
  • libtool is an even more obscure and magic tool which is automatically called by autoconf, depending on the macros you used in the configure.ac and Makefile.am. It is able to automatically produce static or dynamic libraries.
  • autoreconf automatically calls automake, autoconf and libtool in order to produce the configure scripts starting only from Makefile.am files and the configure.ac file. This is the successor of the autogen.sh script you may have found in some GNU source code...

In principle, then, you should only create Makefile.am files on each directory where the make command will run and define in there which source files are needed to produce which binary executable, and onlye one configure.ac file to specify some basic behavior of the configure script. Then, running autoreconf will produce the configure script you will use to configure your software for compiling in your machine and all the customized Makefile.in needed by the configure script.

One of the things autotools is able to do, for instance, is to automatically produce static and/or dynamic libraries, to use the proper options to produce dynamic libraries for different architectures etc...

Autotool-ize your software

We will start with a almost-real-world complex Hello World program. This how it appears the source code at the beginning:

├── hw/
│   ├── cli.c
│   ├── cli.h
│   └── hw.c
└── libmath/
    ├── hwmath.c
    └── hwmath.h

The hw.c file contain the main routine, and it uses functions from cli.c and libath/hwmath.c.

We want to produce a static library from the source files in libmath and compile it together with the files in hw, and then produce a hw binary.


We need a makefile in src which will only call make inside the two directories hw and libmath. Therefore this Makefile.am will only contain one directive:

# src/Makefile.am
# recursively process `Makefile.am` in these subdirectories
SUBDIRS = libmath hw

Please note that we put the hw directory at the end, because the binary in there will need that the library in libmath has been already produced to compile.

Next step is then produce a library in libmath. For this, we will need libtool as we already said, and some configuration in configure.ac, but for the time being let's just modify the


We only need to define two variables, one to specify the name of the library, and the other one to specify the source files used to produce it. Everything else is automatically managed by libtool:

lib_LTLIBRARIES = libhwmath.la

libhwmath_la_SOURCES = hwmath.c

# In case we need to define include files, or other flags for the
# C preprocessor, we can add them to the following variable
# libhwmath_la_CPPFLAGS =

# Headers file that are going to be installed in <prefix>/include
# include_HEADERS =

You can produce multiple libraries by appending them to the lib_LTLIBRARIES variable. In this case, you will need to define multiple _SOURCES and maybe also multiple _CPPFLAGS variables, one for each of the libraries you need to define.

Please note the .la extension: this tells the autotools to produce a file which is then managed by libtool in order to produce either a static library or a dynamic one.


This file will define the executable to be produced, where to look for other header files, which libraries we need to add in order to compile and other flags for the C preprocessor or the linker. Let's take a look at it:

# Defines which program executables will be produced
bin_PROGRAMS = hw

# Defines which source files are used to produce the specificed executable
hw_SOURCES = cli.c hw.c

# Defines flags for the C preprocessor *specific to ``hw``*

# These are instead *default* flags, used by all the programs in ``bin_PROGRAMS``
AM_CPPFLAGS = -I$(srcdir) -I$(top_srcdir)/libmath

# Extra options for the linker
# hw_LDFLAGS =

# Libraries the ``hw`` binary will be linked to
hw_LDADD = $(top_srcdir)/libmath/libhwmath.la


This file defines how the configure script will be written. Some options are pretty standard, let's take a look at a minimal configure.ac script:

## Process this file to produce a configure script:
##   aclocal -I build-aux/m4 && autoheader && autoconf && automake

## Preamble - used to set up meta paths, meta-information, etc.
# require a minimum version of AutoConf

# software name, version, contact address

# if this file does not exist, `configure` was invoked in the wrong directory

# directories (relative to top-level) to look into for AutoConf/AutoMake files
# enable AutoMake
# all defined C macros (HAVE_*) will be saved to this file

# Macros for the compilers. Check
# http://www.gnu.org/savannah-checkouts/gnu/autoconf/manual/autoconf-2.69/html_node/Compilers-and-Preprocessors.html#Compilers-and-Preprocessors
# for a full list
# This macro checks if you have a C compiler

# Check if you have a C++ compiler

# Check if you have an Objective-C compiler

# Check for fortran compilers
# AC_PROG_F77_C_)

# Check if the `install` program is present

## Initialize GNU LibTool
# http://www.gnu.org/software/libtool/manual/html_node/LT_005fINIT.html
# GNU LibTool provides a portable way to build libraries.  AutoMake
# knows how to use it; you just need to activate it.

# Checks for header files.
AC_CHECK_HEADERS([stdio.h stdlib.h string.h])

# Checks for typedefs, structures, and compiler characteristics.

# Checks for library functions.
AC_CHECK_FUNCS([floor pow sqrt])

# Substitute all conditionals in these files; this is normally used to
# create `Makefile`s but could also be used for scripts, include
# files, etc.


Now that our source directory looks like:

├── configure.ac
├── hw/
│   ├── cli.c
│   ├── cli.h
│   ├── hw.c
│   └── Makefile.am
├── libmath/
│   ├── hwmath.c
│   ├── hwmath.h
│   └── Makefile.am
└── Makefile.am

Some more files required by autoreconf are still missing. These files contain information on the license, on how to install the program etc. They can be empty, but autoconf will complain if they are not there, so let's create them:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ touch NEWS README AUTHORS ChangeLog

Some other missing auxiliary files can be instead created automatically with automake:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ automake --add-missing
configure.ac:17: required directory ./build-aux does not exist
configure.ac: no proper invocation of AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE was found.
configure.ac: You should verify that configure.ac invokes AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE,
configure.ac: that aclocal.m4 is present in the top-level directory,
configure.ac: and that aclocal.m4 was recently regenerated (using aclocal).
configure.ac:47: installing `build-aux/install-sh'; error while making link: No such file or directory
hw/Makefile.am: installing `build-aux/depcomp'; error while making link: No such file or directory
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am: am__fastdepCC does not appear in AM_CONDITIONAL
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:   The usual way to define `am__fastdepCC' is to add `AC_PROG_CC'
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:   to `configure.ac' and run `aclocal' and `autoconf' again.
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am: AMDEP does not appear in AM_CONDITIONAL
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:   The usual way to define `AMDEP' is to add one of the compiler tests
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:     AC_PROG_CC, AC_PROG_CXX, AC_PROG_CXX, AC_PROG_OBJC,
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:     AM_PROG_AS, AM_PROG_GCJ, AM_PROG_UPC
/usr/share/automake-1.11/am/depend2.am:   to `configure.ac' and run `aclocal' and `autoconf' again.
libmath/Makefile.am:1: Libtool library used but `LIBTOOL' is undefined
libmath/Makefile.am:1:   The usual way to define `LIBTOOL' is to add `LT_INIT'
libmath/Makefile.am:1:   to `configure.ac' and run `aclocal' and `autoconf' again.
libmath/Makefile.am:1:   If `LT_INIT' is in `configure.ac', make sure
libmath/Makefile.am:1:   its definition is in aclocal's search path.
Makefile.am: installing `./INSTALL'
Makefile.am: installing `./COPYING' using GNU General Public License v3 file
Makefile.am:     Consider adding the COPYING file to the version control system
Makefile.am:     for your code, to avoid questions about which license your project uses.
configure.ac:22: required file `config.h.in' not found

In order to produce all the Makefile and the configure script you only need to run autoreconf from within the src directory. However, we will get an error:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ autoreconf
libtoolize: putting auxiliary files in AC_CONFIG_AUX_DIR, `build-aux'.
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/ltmain.sh'
libtoolize: putting macros in AC_CONFIG_MACRO_DIR, `build-aux'.
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/libtool.m4'
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/ltoptions.m4'
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/ltsugar.m4'
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/ltversion.m4'
libtoolize: copying file `build-aux/lt~obsolete.m4'
libtoolize: Consider adding `-I build-aux' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.
configure.ac:30: required file `build-aux/compile' not found
configure.ac:30:   `automake --add-missing' can install `compile'
configure.ac:55: required file `build-aux/config.guess' not found
configure.ac:55:   `automake --add-missing' can install `config.guess'
configure.ac:55: required file `build-aux/config.sub' not found
configure.ac:55:   `automake --add-missing' can install `config.sub'
configure.ac:20: required file `build-aux/install-sh' not found
configure.ac:20:   `automake --add-missing' can install `install-sh'
configure.ac:20: required file `build-aux/missing' not found
configure.ac:20:   `automake --add-missing' can install `missing'
hw/Makefile.am: required file `build-aux/depcomp' not found
hw/Makefile.am:   `automake --add-missing' can install `depcomp'
autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1

Some more files are missing, but we are almost there. Re-run automake --add-missing as suggested:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ automake --add-missing
configure.ac:30: installing `build-aux/compile'
configure.ac:55: installing `build-aux/config.guess'
configure.ac:55: installing `build-aux/config.sub'
configure.ac:20: installing `build-aux/install-sh'
configure.ac:20: installing `build-aux/missing'
hw/Makefile.am: installing `build-aux/depcomp'

And finally:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ autoreconf
libtoolize: Consider adding `-I build-aux' to ACLOCAL_AMFLAGS in Makefile.am.

The source directory now has been populated by more and more files:

├── aclocal.m4
├── autom4te.cache/
│   ├── output.0
│   ├── output.1
│   ├── output.2
│   ├── requests
│   ├── traces.0
│   ├── traces.1
│   └── traces.2
├── build-aux/
│   ├── compile -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/compile*
│   ├── config.guess -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/config.guess*
│   ├── config.sub -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/config.sub*
│   ├── depcomp -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/depcomp*
│   ├── install-sh -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/install-sh*
│   ├── libtool.m4
│   ├── ltmain.sh
│   ├── lt~obsolete.m4
│   ├── ltoptions.m4
│   ├── ltsugar.m4
│   ├── ltversion.m4
│   └── missing -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/missing*
├── ChangeLog
├── config.h.in
├── configure*
├── configure.ac
├── COPYING -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/COPYING
├── hw/
│   ├── cli.c
│   ├── cli.h
│   ├── hw.c
│   ├── Makefile.am
│   └── Makefile.in
├── INSTALL -> /usr/share/automake-1.11/INSTALL
├── libmath/
│   ├── hwmath.c
│   ├── hwmath.h
│   ├── Makefile.am
│   └── Makefile.in
├── Makefile.am
├── Makefile.in
├── NEWS

Please note that wherever we created a Makefile.am file, a Makefile.in has been created.

The configure script should now be able to create all the needed makefiles:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ ./configure
checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
checking whether build environment is sane... yes
checking for a thread-safe mkdir -p... /bin/mkdir -p
checking for gawk... gawk
checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
checking for gcc... gcc
checking whether the C compiler works... yes
checking for C compiler default output file name... a.out
checking for suffix of executables...
checking whether we are cross compiling... no
checking for suffix of object files... o
checking whether we are using the GNU C compiler... yes
checking whether gcc accepts -g... yes
checking for gcc option to accept ISO C89... none needed
checking for style of include used by make... GNU
checking dependency style of gcc... gcc3
checking whether gcc and cc understand -c and -o together... yes
checking build system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking host system type... x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
checking how to print strings... printf
checking for a sed that does not truncate output... /bin/sed
checking for grep that handles long lines and -e... /bin/grep
checking for egrep... /bin/grep -E
checking for fgrep... /bin/grep -F
checking for ld used by gcc... /usr/bin/ld
checking if the linker (/usr/bin/ld) is GNU ld... yes
checking for BSD- or MS-compatible name lister (nm)... /usr/bin/nm -B
checking the name lister (/usr/bin/nm -B) interface... BSD nm
checking whether ln -s works... yes
checking the maximum length of command line arguments... 1572864
checking whether the shell understands some XSI constructs... yes
checking whether the shell understands "+="... yes
checking how to convert x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu file names to x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu format... func_convert_file_noop
checking how to convert x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu file names to toolchain format... func_convert_file_noop
checking for /usr/bin/ld option to reload object files... -r
checking for objdump... objdump
checking how to recognize dependent libraries... pass_all
checking for dlltool... no
checking how to associate runtime and link libraries... printf %s\n
checking for ar... ar
checking for archiver @FILE support... @
checking for strip... strip
checking for ranlib... ranlib
checking command to parse /usr/bin/nm -B output from gcc object... ok
checking for sysroot... no
checking for mt... mt
checking if mt is a manifest tool... no
checking how to run the C preprocessor... gcc -E
checking for ANSI C header files... yes
checking for sys/types.h... yes
checking for sys/stat.h... yes
checking for stdlib.h... yes
checking for string.h... yes
checking for memory.h... yes
checking for strings.h... yes
checking for inttypes.h... yes
checking for stdint.h... yes
checking for unistd.h... yes
checking for dlfcn.h... yes
checking for objdir... .libs
checking if gcc supports -fno-rtti -fno-exceptions... no
checking for gcc option to produce PIC... -fPIC -DPIC
checking if gcc PIC flag -fPIC -DPIC works... yes
checking if gcc static flag -static works... yes
checking if gcc supports -c -o file.o... yes
checking if gcc supports -c -o file.o... (cached) yes
checking whether the gcc linker (/usr/bin/ld -m elf_x86_64) supports shared libraries... yes
checking whether -lc should be explicitly linked in... no
checking dynamic linker characteristics... GNU/Linux ld.so
checking how to hardcode library paths into programs... immediate
checking whether stripping libraries is possible... yes
checking if libtool supports shared libraries... yes
checking whether to build shared libraries... yes
checking whether to build static libraries... yes
checking stdio.h usability... yes
checking stdio.h presence... yes
checking for stdio.h... yes
checking for stdlib.h... (cached) yes
checking for string.h... (cached) yes
checking for size_t... yes
checking for stdlib.h... (cached) yes
checking for GNU libc compatible malloc... yes
checking for stdlib.h... (cached) yes
checking for GNU libc compatible realloc... yes
checking for floor... no
checking for pow... no
checking for sqrt... no
configure: creating ./config.status
config.status: creating Makefile
config.status: creating hw/Makefile
config.status: creating libmath/Makefile
config.status: creating config.h
config.status: executing depfiles commands
config.status: executing libtool commands

and now compile:

antonio@kenny:~/src$ make
make  all-recursive
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src'
Making all in libmath
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src/libmath'
/bin/bash ../libtool --tag=CC   --mode=compile gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I..     -g -O2 -MT hwmath.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/hwmath.Tpo -c -o hwmath.lo hwmath.c
libtool: compile:  gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I.. -g -O2 -MT hwmath.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/hwmath.Tpo -c hwmath.c  -fPIC -DPIC -o .libs/hwmath.o
libtool: compile:  gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I.. -g -O2 -MT hwmath.lo -MD -MP -MF .deps/hwmath.Tpo -c hwmath.c -o hwmath.o >/dev/null 2>&1
mv -f .deps/hwmath.Tpo .deps/hwmath.Plo
/bin/bash ../libtool --tag=CC   --mode=link gcc  -g -O2   -o libhwmath.la -rpath /usr/local/lib hwmath.lo
libtool: link: gcc -shared  -fPIC -DPIC  .libs/hwmath.o    -O2   -Wl,-soname -Wl,libhwmath.so.0 -o .libs/libhwmath.so.0.0.0
libtool: link: (cd ".libs" && rm -f "libhwmath.so.0" && ln -s "libhwmath.so.0.0.0" "libhwmath.so.0")
libtool: link: (cd ".libs" && rm -f "libhwmath.so" && ln -s "libhwmath.so.0.0.0" "libhwmath.so")
libtool: link: ar cru .libs/libhwmath.a  hwmath.o
libtool: link: ranlib .libs/libhwmath.a
libtool: link: ( cd ".libs" && rm -f "libhwmath.la" && ln -s "../libhwmath.la" "libhwmath.la" )
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src/libmath'
Making all in hw
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src/hw'
gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I..  -I. -I../libmath   -g -O2 -MT cli.o -MD -MP -MF .deps/cli.Tpo -c -o cli.o cli.c
mv -f .deps/cli.Tpo .deps/cli.Po
gcc -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I..  -I. -I../libmath   -g -O2 -MT hw.o -MD -MP -MF .deps/hw.Tpo -c -o hw.o hw.c
mv -f .deps/hw.Tpo .deps/hw.Po
/bin/bash ../libtool --tag=CC   --mode=link gcc  -g -O2 -static  -o hw cli.o hw.o ../libmath/libhwmath.la
libtool: link: gcc -g -O2 -o hw cli.o hw.o  ../libmath/.libs/libhwmath.a
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src/hw'
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src'
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/antonio/zurich/apps.git/gc3wiki/blog/Autotools_tutorial/example/src'

The complete source code is available here