A recommended practice is to use a shadow directory of symbolic links to do the build of XFree86 as this allows you to keep the source directory unmodified during the build. It has the following benefits:
host.deffile in each build tree and by customizing it separately in each build tree.
To make a shadow directory of symbolic links, use the following steps:
xcdirectory, but this is not mandatory.
cd the directory containing the xcdirectory
lndir" command to make the shadow tree:
Note that you can refer to the
xcdirectory with an absolute path if needed.
See the lndir(1) manual page for details.
lndiris not already installed on your system, you can build it manually from the XFree86 sources by running the following commands:
make -f Makefile.ini lndir
cp lndir some directory in your PATH
Occasionally there may be stale links in the build tree, like
when files in the source tree are removed or renamed. These can
be cleaned up by running the "
cleanlinks" script from the build
directory (see the cleanlinks(1)
manual page). Rarely there will be changes that will require the build
tree to be re-created from scratch. A symptom of this can be mysterious
build problems. The best solution for this is to remove the build tree,
and then re-create it using the steps outlined above.