work in progress by Z98
There are many applications, tests, and extra subsystems in the ReactOS SVN. Most are not installed into the Boot CD by default and require a few easy steps.
In "reactos/modules" or "reactos\modules", depending on whether you're on a Unix or Windows system, are two files, empty.rbuild and directory.rbuild. The Build system will read the directory.rbuild file and look if the subfolders named in this file exist.
If a folder exists, the Build System will process its directory.rbuild file. Otherwise it will fall back to the empty.rbuild file.
Integrating a module
If you want to integrate a module into the build, it's the easiest to copy the appropriate folder into the "modules" directory.
If you already downloaded a module into another directory and want to keep it there (e.g. for updating it via SVN), you can also create a symbolic link to that directory. This also saves disk space.
A symbolic link can be created on NTFS partitions with the Junction utility. After you installed this utility, open a Command Prompt, jump to the "modules" directory and execute the following command:
junction rosapps X:\reactos\rosapps
In this case, I assume that you want to create a symbolic link to the "rosapps" module, which is located at X:\reactos\rosapps.
We currently have the following modules in the SVN Tree:
- rosapps - Various applications such as a Paint replacement
- rostests - Various tests to check for regressions
The following modules have been deleted from the Trunk tree some time ago. They are still in a branch called "unmaintained". As they probably don't work with newer ReactOS versions or didn't work at all, we don't support them.
- os2 - An OS2 subsystem to run OS2 applications
- posix - A POSIX subsystem to run Unix applications
- rosky - A SkyOS subsystem to run SkyOS applications
- vms - A VMS subsystem to run VMS applications