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Parameters for Building (make)

Many installation-related parameters can be set in the building stage of Postgres installation.

In most cases, these parameters should be place in a file, Makefile.custom, intended just for that purpose. The default distribution does not contain this optional file, so you will create it using a text editor of your choice. When upgrading installations, you can simply copy your old Makefile.custom to the new installation before doing the build.

make [ variable=value [,...] ]

A few of the many variables which can be specified are:

POSTGRESDIR

Top of the installation tree.

BINDIR

Location of applications and utilities.

LIBDIR

Location of object libraries, including shared libraries.

HEADERDIR

Location of include files.

ODBCINST

Location of installation-wide psqlODBC (ODBC) configuration file.

There are other optional parameters which are not as commonly used. Many of those listed below are appropriate when doing Postgres server code development.

CFLAGS

Set flags for the C compiler. Should be assigned with "+=" to retain relevant default parameters.

YFLAGS

Set flags for the yacc/bison parser. -v might be used to help diagnose problems building a new parser. Should be assigned with "+=" to retain relevant default parameters.

USE_TCL

Enable Tcl interface building.

HSTYLE

DocBook HTML style sheets for building the documentation from scratch. Not used unless you are developing new documentation from the DocBook-compatible SGML source documents in doc/src/sgml/.

PSTYLE

DocBook style sheets for building printed documentation from scratch. Not used unless you are developing new documentation from the DocBook-compatible SGML source documents in doc/src/sgml/.

Here is an example Makefile.custom for a PentiumPro Linux system:

# Makefile.custom
# Thomas Lockhart 1998-03-01

POSTGRESDIR= /opt/postgres/current
CFLAGS+= -m486 # -g -O0
USE_TCL= true
TCL_LIB= -ltcl
X_LIBS= -L/usr/X11/lib
TK_LIB= -ltk

# documentation

HSTYLE= /home/tgl/SGML/db118.d/docbook/html
PSTYLE= /home/tgl/SGML/db118.d/docbook/print
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