To state the obvious, I'm probably doing something stupid.

I am using Visual Studio 2010 + SP1 (to get around an incremental linking bug).

I have a directory with:

apr-1.4.x as apr
apr-util-1.5.x as apr-util
apr-iconv-1.1.x as apr-iconv

Within apr-util I try

l>nmake -f PREFIX=c:\apr1x USEMAK=1 ARCH="Win32 Debug" buildall checkall

This fails with

        cd ..\apr-iconv
        "c:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\VC\BIN\nmake.exe" -
nologo -f apriconv.mak    CFG="apriconv - Win32 Debug" RECURSE=0
NMAKE : fatal error U1052: file 'apriconv.mak' not found

Sure enough, there is no apriconv.mak there.

Am I supposed to do something first to generate them, before I can use the apr-util

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