Each language subdirectory contains a config-lang.in file. This file is a shell script that may define some variables describing the language:
This definition must be present, and gives the name of the language for some purposes such as arguments to --enable-languages.
If defined, this variable lists (space-separated) language front ends
other than C that this front end requires to be enabled (with the
names given being their
language settings). For example, the
Obj-C++ front end depends on the C++ and ObjC front ends, so sets
If defined, this variable lists (space-separated) front end directories other than C that this front end requires to be present. For example, the Objective-C++ front end uses source files from the C++ and Objective-C front ends, so sets ‘subdir_requires="cp objc"’.
If defined, this variable lists (space-separated) targets in the top
level Makefile to build the runtime libraries for this
language, such as
If defined, this variable lists (space-separated) top level directories (parallel to gcc), apart from the runtime libraries, that should not be configured if this front end is not built.
If defined to ‘no’, this language front end is not built unless enabled in a --enable-languages argument. Otherwise, front ends are built by default, subject to any special logic in configure.ac (as is present to disable the Ada front end if the Ada compiler is not already installed).
If defined to ‘yes’, this front end is built in stage1 of the bootstrap. This is only relevant to front ends written in their own languages.
If defined, a space-separated list of compiler executables that will be run by the driver. The names here will each end with ‘\$(exeext)’.
If defined, a space-separated list of files that should be generated by configure substituting values in them. This mechanism can be used to create a file language/Makefile from language/Makefile.in, but this is deprecated, building everything from the single gcc/Makefile is preferred.
If defined, a space-separated list of files that should be scanned by gengtype.cc to generate the garbage collection tables and routines for this language. This excludes the files that are common to all front ends. See Memory Management and Type Information.