- latest Automake manual from GNU website
- autoreconf is a script that calls autoconf, automake, and a bunch of other commands in the right order. If you are beginning with these tools, it is not important to figure out in which order all these tools should be invoked and why. However, because Autoconf and Automake have separate manuals, the important point to understand is that autoconf is in charge of creating configure from configure.ac, while automake is in charge of creating Makefile.ins from Makefile.ams and configure.ac. This should at least direct you to the right manual when seeking answers.