Difference between revisions of "Building Modules"

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There are many applications, tests, and extra subsystems in the ReactOS SVN. Most are not included by default and require a few easy steps.

Technical Information

In "reactos/modules" or "reactos\modules", depending on whether you're on a UNIX or Windows system, are two files, empty.rbuild and directory.rbuild. The Build system will read the directory.rbuild file and look if the subfolders named in this file exist.

If a folder exists, the Build System will process its directory.rbuild file. Otherwise it will fall back to the empty.rbuild file.

Integrating a module

If you want to integrate a module into the build, it's the easiest to copy the appropriate folder into the "modules" directory.

If you already downloaded a module into another directory and want to keep it there (e.g. for updating it via SVN), you can also create a symbolic link to that directory. This also saves disk space.

On Windows, a symbolic link can be created on NTFS partitions with the Junction utility. After you installed this utility, open a Command Prompt, jump to the "modules" directory and execute the following command:

junction rosapps X:\reactos\rosapps

In this case, I assume that you want to create a symbolic link to the "rosapps" module, which is located at X:\reactos\rosapps.

Under Unix-based operating systems such as Linux, you can use the following command to create a symbolic link:

ln -s /home/user/reactos/rosapps rosapps

This example assumes that you want to create a symbolic link to the "rosapps" module, which is located at /home/user/reactos/rosapps.


We currently have the following modules in the SVN Tree:

  • rosapps - Various non-core applications, like additional screensavers
  • rostests - Various tests, including ReactOS specific tests and the Wine test suite