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Nested packages

From: Gallagher James
Subject: Nested packages
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:50:25 -0600

I have some nested packages that are optionally built by my code. For these 
nested packages, I would like to configure, compile and install (in a prefix my 
package sets) them before my main package compiles. I'm familiar with 
AC_CONFIG_SUBDIRS and using SUBDIRS to build nested packages, but it's getting 
these nested packages to _both_ build and install before the main package 
builds that I can't figure out. I want the packages to install because they 
have includes and libraries spread over several directories. Does anyone know 
how to do this?

As a work around, I'm running the (optional) build and install from inside the 
main package's configure. I could also set CFLAGS/CPPFLAGS and LDFLAGS as a 
long list of -I and -L options...

A related question: How can I pass different options to the nested package's 
configure scripts? By setting $ac_configure_args? I want to do this so that 
nested packages can build as static libraries compiled using position 
independent code.

James Gallagher
jgallagher at

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