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Old 05-17-2010, 06:37 AM   #1
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HOWTO compile big project

I need to compile a big project in Linux. I understand
1. there should be one porject folder with a "Master Makefile" which contains names of all sub-folders.
2. Each sub-folder itself will have a Makefile , one C-file if needed one header file.
3. There will be a common folder for all headers.
Please tell me Where to start from : Master Make file , Make file inside each folder , Where do rules.make come into picture , what if sub-folder 1 depends on sub-folder 2 .
Is there any HOWTO learning link.
Can any one please give me some idea/example in this regard.
Please guide me...

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Old 05-17-2010, 06:43 AM   #2
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Hope answers your query.
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Check out the man pages for aclocal, autoconf, and automake.
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Use CMake, it's much, much easier to use.
Old 05-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot.
But I want to make my own system/project. In the link :
is a method for compliing a pre-decided structure (like I have installed ip-messnger , ./configure->make-> make install ). Not Self written.
Or do you with that as a base I should write/build my project.


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