How do I have two source directories within one module?

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Adding an extra source directories is possible in case you need to create a separate output JARs (besides the module itself), generally with its own special classpath.

In your module’s project.xml, add a declaration of the source root just before </data>:

    <classpath>...anything it might need to compile against...</classpath>

This declaration has no effect on the build, but lets you work with the sources in the IDE’s code editor.

You will separately need to add a target to your build.xml to compile and package these sources however you like. (You can name your target netbeans-extra and it will get run automatically toward the end of the module’s build cycle.) If you define properties like a special classpath in, you can use the values in both build.xml and project.xml to minimize duplication.

You can also create a plain Java SE project in a subdirectory of your module and bundle its JAR. DevFaqWrapperModules describes a related technique.

Read the harness/README file under your Netbeans installation directory for information about issues like this one. The build harness has many capabilities not exposed through the GUI.

Applies to: NetBeans IDE 6.x Platforms: All