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Path variables and path substitution

From: John Ling
Subject: Path variables and path substitution
Date: Wed, 05 May 2004 15:38:58 -0700
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Hello, I have some very long paths defined in my and I would like to clean things up by substituting them with a variable. For example, if I have:

mylib_a_SOURCES = dir1/dir2/dir3/dir4/app.cpp

I want to define a variable, in, like so,

MYDIR = dir1/dir2/dir3/dir4

then I can change the SOURCES definition to be

mylib_a_SOURCES = $(MYDIR)/app.cpp

However, when I try this, everytime I run configure for some reason I get dependency errors saying it can't find the app.Po file in the .dep/ directory. In addition, it creates a subdirectory that is literally called '$(MYDIR)' which is not what I intend to happen.

How do I do this path variable substitution?


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