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nesseggman

allegro+code::blocks install...

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So I have been using code::blocks forever and this is my first time trying to install a library myself.

I followed the instructions on learncpp.com about installing libraries but when I tried to code something very simple to test it out, I got a bunch of errors at compile time saying this and that was not defined.

So I started to do this:

http://wiki.allegro.cc/index.php?title=Windows_Vista,_Code::Blocks_10.05_and_Allegro_5

Which is ummm... VERY annoying and time-consuming. Do I have to do this for EVERY project I make in which I want to use Allegro?! That seems so... tedious. And my eyes get dizzy looking through the lists of files to find the right ones :(

Also, I noticed code::blocks has an SFML template when creating a new project... does that the c::b+mingw that I downloaded came with SFML libraries already downloaded and installed? Or just it's a common template that is used but I still need to install the libraries (which I'm guessing would be just as tedious as what I'm doing now)?

If you have any better explanation on how to install a library after downloading it I would really appreciate it. Or something step-by-step of what I should be doing after downloading Allegro.
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This setup is just applied to a new project. What you can try is setup the lib the same way, but instead of click (project name) >> build options >> linker settings, you click settings (on IDE menu) >> compiler and debugger >> linker settings and keep following the tutorial.

I didn't installed allegro 5, but i'm almost sure this will work.
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Nesseggman, are you trying to install a precompiled binary, or are you trying to build A5 from source yourself? The former is far easier, but if you want the very latest WIP version of A5, you need to build it yourself.

For the brebuilt library, you will need to just follow the instructions you linked to. You can create your own template so that you don't need to have to reapply the settings for every project. To do this, create a blank project, then go through the library linking process. Then go to the File menu and there is an option to "Save project as template..." Just give it a name, and you can use that template for your future projects.

You might want to create several templates, eg. one for dynamic lining and one for static linking. Also, since A5 is broken up into many modules, some of which you may not need for particular projects, you might want to create templates for combinations of modules you think you will need.

If you want to build A5 yourself from source, I can help guide you through that, but it's a much bigger undertaking so I won't explain it unless it's what you want to do.
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