Binary package “dist” in ubuntu precise
Tools for developing, maintaining and distributing software.
The dist package is a set of tools meant to ease the construction
and maintenance of portable software.
The first component is the Configure script generator, metaconfig, which
automatically builds the Configure script from your sources. Ideally,
the end-user receiving your source code will simply have to read
your README file, run the Configure script (which is self-documented),
and then run make.
The second component is the Makefile.SH generator, which is a generic
configured Makefile, reusing some of the information figured out
by Configure, and a generic Jmakefile description.
The third component is the RCS aware package generator, which is
used when it's time to build up the shell archives used to distribute
The fourth and latest component is the patch generator, used to
make updates of your sources, which can later be applied on the
original distribution by using the patch program.