Hacker Guide/VLC source tree
This page lists the directories in the source tree of VLC, aimed at giving new beginners an overview of the code. Because VLC has evolved with not so much accumulation in mind, when a new coder looks at the code, s/he is terrified by the abundance of directories. This page is prepared to remedy that situation.
The directories are listed in alphabetical order, with an overview of their contents on the right.
|Directory Name||Directory Explanation|
|bindings||Java and Python bindings|
|doc||Documentation (not up-to-date)|
|evc||Deprecated, embedded Visual Studio files.|
|extras -||contrib (subdirectory of extras) - for required libraries (contains Makefiles to automatically download and compile (or cross-compile) and patch those. Please first attempt to get the development headers precompiled for your distribution.
extras also contains the emacs.init file (useful for coding in Videolan style)
|include||Header files for vlc|
|ipkg||A package distribution system used by some Linux disrtibutions. This probably contains definition files for the packages.|
|libs||Containts the loader (win32 dmo codec loading on Linux) and a SRTP library|
|lxdialog||FIX ME! I guess this is not important, last modified 1 year ago!|
|m4||Macro files needed for automake and autoconf|
|modules||The most important directory with src/. See Modules source tree.|
|msvc||Deprecated, Microsoft Visual C files I guess|
|python||Probably related to the Python bindings|
|share||icons, scripts to make VLC the default player etc.|
|src||The most important directory with modules/. See src source tree|
|test||scripts to see if everything is OK|