libtoolize - Man Page

manual page for libtoolize 2.4.7

Examples (TL;DR)


libtoolize [OPTION]...


Prepare a package to use libtool.


-c,  --copy

copy files rather than symlinking them


enable verbose shell tracing

-n,  --dry-run

print commands rather than running them

-f,  --force

replace existing files

-i,  --install

copy missing auxiliary files


install libltdl sources [default: libltdl]


equivalent to '-Wnone'


prepare ltdl for non-recursive make

-q,  --quiet

work silently


prepare ltdl for recursive make


prepare ltdl to configure and build independently

-v,  --verbose

verbosely report processing


print version information and exit

-W,  --warnings=CATEGORY

report the warnings falling in CATEGORY [all]

-h,  --help

print short or long help message

Warning categories include


show all warnings


turn off all the warnings


warnings are treated as fatal errors


show warnings about LIBTOOLIZE_OPTIONS content


show warnings about file copying and linking

The following space or comma delimited options can be passed to libtoolize via the environment variable LIBTOOLIZE_OPTIONS, unknown environment options are ignored:


enable verbose shell tracing


don't display warning messages


work silently


verbosely report processing

You must 'cd' to the top directory of your package before you run 'libtoolize'.

When reporting a bug, please describe a test case to reproduce it and include the following information:




libtoolize (GNU libtool) 2.4.7


automake (GNU automake) 1.16.3


autoconf (GNU Autoconf) 2.69


Written by Gary V. Vaughan <>, 2003

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to <>.
GNU libtool home page: <>.
General help using GNU software: <>.

See Also

The full documentation for libtoolize is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and libtoolize programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info libtoolize

should give you access to the complete manual.


March 2022 GNU libtool 2.4.7