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The syntax reference for this tool exhaustively lists all of the possible build operations which can be performed using abld. The tool's flexibility obscures the fact that most developers will only need to use two commands: one for cleaning up all files created in a previous build, and another for building the current project.
Cleaning removes all the intermediate files created during compilation, and all the executables and import libraries created by the linker. The simplest invocation of this operation deletes the files for all platforms, and projects belonging to the component.
It is also possible to specify the platform and build variant to be cleaned. For example:
abld clean winscw udeb
abld builds projects based on the makefiles created by bldmake from the component information file and project files.
The simplest invocation of this command builds the project for all possible build variants:
However building for a platform can take some time, and it is usual to only specify the platform required. For example, to build the debug version on the WINSCW platform specify:
abld build winscw udeb
or to build the release version for ARMV5 use:
abld build armv5 urel
The build command combines the other abld commands: export, makefile, library, resource, target and final, which are carried out in turn.