[QBS] Install subdirectory tree

Christian Kandeler christian.kandeler at theqtcompany.com
Wed Jan 7 11:24:32 CET 2015

On 01/07/2015 11:04 AM, St├ęphane Fabry wrote:
> I'd like to install some files and directories that form a directory tree.
> Example:
> Group {
>          name:  "IMAGERs"
>          prefix:  "IMAGERs/**/"
>          files:  "*"
>          qbs.install:  true
>          qbs.installDir:  project.calibInstall  +  "/IMAGERs"
> }
> The imager directory has two subdirectories that contains files, after
> the install all files are mixed in IMAGER's and subdirectories are not
> created.

Yes, this is a known problem that comes up regularly.

> The only solution I have now is to make a group for each leaf subdirectory.

That is one possible workaround. The other one is to simply set the 
"files" property to the root of the directory tree you want to install. 
In your case:

Group {
     name:  "IMAGERs"
     files:  "IMAGERs"
     qbs.install:  true
     qbs.installDir:  project.calibInstall

This has the drawback that now qbs does not know the files in this 
directory, so they won't show up in your project tree in Qt Creator. And 
of course, if they are not purely run-time resources, but actual 
sources, this approach won't work.

> Do you have a solution ?

We have discussed some promising ideas and I'm confident we will have 
something ready for 1.4.


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