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LinuxFocus: Building text files with m4 macros

Sep 26, 1999, 02:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Perr)

"This tutorial describes how to ease the maintenance of text or HTML files, using the m4 macro processor."

"A macro command language is often needed when using a text editor. Most of them already have such languages among their features. Even the C compiler provides such a facility for programmers throught the C preprocessor CPP. When it is used to maintain configuration files or a small web site, the GNU/m4 macro processor can efficiently reduce work load. The GNU/m4 macro processor is part of all linux distributions and is a standard among Unix users."

"In the following, we show how to use the GNU/m4 macro processor to maintain a set of HTML pages for a small web site. This system will help to keep the whole site coherent. Of course, there are dozens of ways to obtain the same result with Unix tools; that's the beauty of Unix."

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