I’m not a coder at all, but building Blender on Linux and Windows is so easy that I usually compile it, before I start Blender
Now if I want to give the very latest Cycles-X branch a try without having to wait for the Buildbot doing its magic, I usually do this:
- Switch branch with “git checkout cycles-x”
- make update
- make full
Then I copy the contents of the “/build_linux_full/bin” folder to another folder and switch back to master with
- git checkout master
This works but apart from the manual work, the builds take quite a while because they’re built from scratch and all the CUDA kernels etc. have to be rebuilt.
There has to be an easier way. I already found that using the “BUILD_DIR=/folder_to_build_blender” command line option for make kind of helps me avoid to build everything into the same folder, but maybe there is a much easier and cleaner way of doing this.