Including .pro Files
Including pro-files into pro-files
QMake's project files sometimes need to rely on the include feature. This is a great tool, but there are some tricks of the trade to be aware of.
First up, a convention, pro-files meant for inclusion in other pro-files are commonly named .pri, just to indicate that they are for inclusion. This also means that qmake does not find them, but uses the appropriate pro-file instead.
In a pro-file, you have two important variables: INCLUDEPATH and DEPENDPATH. The first is used by the C++ compiler when resolving #include statements, while the latter is used by qmake when trying to determine what to build in which order.
To create a truly movable source tree, the pri-files update these variables appropriately. My trick to do that is to rely on the current working directory. You find that by running the $$system&#40;pwd&#41; command (on Unix/Linux only - sorry).
Within the "qmake variable reference":http://doc.qt.nokia.com/4.7/qmake-variable-reference.html , there are variables that may help find the current working directory (Tested on Windows ). A couple of these are:
' This variable contains the full path leading to the directory where the qmake project file (project.pro&#41; is located.
' This variable contains the full path leading to the directory where qmake places the generated Makefile.
* Usage of the $$ prefix is detailed "here":http://doc.qt.nokia.com/latest/qmake-advanced-usage.html#variables .
When having setup the include and depend paths, it is just a matter of adding to the SOURCES, HEADERS, RESOURCES and FORMS sections.
To summarize, here is a small example:
INCLUDEPATH = $$system&#40;pwd&#41;/include
SOURCES = src/foo.cpp
FORMS = forms/foo.ui
Finally, in the pro-file, simply add the pri-file by calling include: