User's Guide: preTools Suite for Windows

Getting Started


Advanced Installation

Advanced installation of preMake, preBuild or preVCbld, allows a great amount of customization. These additional steps are for adding new build components or new setups:
  1. Add new build components.
    If you are using build components which are not listed in the configuration file, edit either preMake.xml, preBuild.xml or preVCbld.xml, to add the new <component> sub-element(s) under the <detect> element. The Reference topics on the Configuration File and on Component Auto-Detection show how to do this.

  2. Create registry entries for new build components, where needed.
    All of the components included in the supplied configuration files, create registry entries during their installations. If you have a library or other component which does not create any registry entries, then these must be added to allow detection of the build components. The Reference topic on Component Auto-Detection describes how to do this.

  3. Add or modify <base_configurations>  or <setups> sub-elements for each component, where needed.
    The <base_config> elements for the components listed under Quick Installation section 2, are already supplied in the configuration files. Each <base_config> element uses a registry entry to find the base directory where the component is installed. This makes the configuration files insensitive to variations in installation drive and directory. However, some components have optional include file and library directories or require customized environment variable definitions. In these cases you may need to create a <setup> sub-element under the <setups> element, to customize a supplied <base_config>. The Reference topic on Component Setup describes the syntax used to define environment variables.

  4. Assign combinations of components to named configurations.
    Under the <configurations> element of each configuration file, names are given to each combination of components. A simple configuration may consist of a single component, for example:
            <configuration name="vc6">
    Here the configuration named "vc6" has a single component named "msvc60". It is paired with a setup element (MSVC60.default) which does nothing to modify the base_config.

    A more complex configuration is given by "vc8" which contains four component elements:
            <configuration name="vc8">
    	  <component>VS.NET 2005</component>
    	  <component>.NET SDK 2.0</component>
    As each component element is processed (MSVC80, VS.NET 2005, .NET, and .NET SDK 2.0), it contributes its environment variables. Finally, the setup element named "MSVC80.32" is processed. It customizes the base_config elements for a 32-bit build environment. In combination, this is equivalent to running the batch script vcvars32.bat at the command prompt.

    For more information, see the Reference topic on Configurations.