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For large systems, it is often desirable to put sources in a separate
directory from the binaries. The directory search features of
make facilitate this by searching several directories
automatically to find a prerequisite. When you redistribute the files
among directories, you do not need to change the individual rules,
just the search paths.
VPATH: Search Path for All Prerequisites
Specifying a search path that applies to every prerequisite. 4.5.2 The
Specifying a search path for a specified class of names. 4.5.3 How Directory Searches are Performed When and how search paths are applied. 4.5.4 Writing Shell Commands with Directory Search How to write shell commands that work together with search paths. 4.5.5 Directory Search and Implicit Rules How search paths affect implicit rules. 4.5.6 Directory Search for Link Libraries Directory search for link libraries.