Toby Toby - 3 months ago 34
C Question

Preprocessor concatenation for include path

I have a set of includes that reside in a far off directory meaning that including them requires a long include, such as:

#include "../../Path/to/my/file.h"


Where I have multiple of these it becomes a bit inconvenient so I am thinking I may be able to use a #define for the directory path and then concat the file name that I need, i.e.

#define DIR "../../Path/to/my/"
#define FILE1 "file.h"
#define FILE2 "anotherFile.h"

#include DIR FILE1 // should end up same as line in first example after pre-proc


However this does not work... is there anyway to concatenate within the workings of the C pre-processor suitable for this?

Answer

You can't customise the search path for include files like this, but you can tell the compiler where to look for include files. Many compilers -I option for that, e.g.:

gcc -c stuff.c -I/path/to/my/ -I/path/to/other/

If that makes your compilation command too long, you should write a Makefile or, if you are working in Visual Studio or similar IDE, customise the search path in your project settings.