If you've ever read Peter Miller's excellent paper, Recursive Make Considered Harmful (http://www.pcug.org.au/~millerp/rmch/recu-make-cons-harm.html), the preceding section on the use of subdirectories will probably come as unwelcome advice. For those who haven't read the paper, Miller's main thesis is that recursive `make' invocations are both slow and error-prone.
Automake provides sufficient cross-directory support (1) to enable you to write a single `Makefile.am' for a complex multi-directory package.
By default an installable file specified in a subdirectory will have its directory name stripped before installation. For instance, in this example, the header file will be installed as `$(includedir)/stdio.h':
include_HEADERS = inc/stdio.h
However, the `nobase_' prefix can be used to circumvent this path stripping. In this example, the header file will be installed as `$(includedir)/sys/types.h':
nobase_include_HEADERS = sys/types.h
`nobase_' should be specified first when used in conjunction with either `dist_' or `nodist_' (*note Dist::). For instance:
nobase_dist_pkgdata_DATA = images/vortex.pgm
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(1) We believe. This work is new and there are probably warts. *Note Introduction::, for information on reporting bugs.Created Mon Nov 8 17:42:02 2004 on tillpc with info_to_html version 0.9.6.