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automake and dist data

From: dagecko
Subject: automake and dist data
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:06:01 +0100 (CET)


I hope someone here will be able to help me.

I'm developping a middle-scale library that uses autoconf and automake. This 
library comes
along with some demo and test programs. Those demo and test programs now 
require some
input files in order to run. Those input files also have to be distributed with 
package. I actually tried to put those input data files into the header 
directory and
I also wondered if I could put them into the share subdirectory.

The problem I'm facing is this one:

The test programs will have to read those data, but I actually can't know where 
input data are stored (it is top_srcdir/include) but it is somewhat impossible 
what I know to give that directory to C/C++ file functions.
Of course, I can code that in the hard way. But that will work as long as the 
is not installed. But once installed (on any uknown machine), I really can't 
where to find those input files. If they are installed in the include 
then I can have a look at /usr/include, or it might be /usr/local/include, or
whatever directory a final user would have put to configure. It is the same 
thing if
I put those data in the share subdirectory.

Does anyone has an advice, a hint, or a solution for me ?


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