Automate the application build and distribution process
Well-organized directory structures and good scripting make it easy
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Date archived: May 15, 2019 | First published: September 14, 2004
You have enough to consider when building an open source application for a single type of system, but what if you're building that application for distribution among a range of different, incompatible machines? There's no easy answer, but using a little discipline and some custom scripts, you can simplify the process. This article looks at how to create a structure for building and distributing applications, including heavily customized versions, and a simple way of disseminating the applications among a number of machines, manually or automatically, as easily as possible.
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