[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v4 1/2] doc: add generic compilation doc for all sample apps

Marko Kovacevic marko.kovacevic at intel.com
Thu Oct 5 13:12:36 CEST 2017


From: Herakliusz Lipiec <herakliusz.lipiec at intel.com>

Moved duplicated, and occasionally outdated, doc sections from each
of the sample app guides chapters to a common chapter at the start.

This reduces the duplication in the docs and provides a single
point of reference for compiling the sample apps.

Fixes: d0dff9ba445e ("doc: sample application user guide")
Fixes: 60643134c1c1 ("doc: add distributor application")
Fixes: bda68ab9d1e7 ("examples/ethtool: add user-space ethtool sample application")
Fixes: d299106e8e31 ("examples/ipsec-secgw: add IPsec sample application")
Fixes: e64833f2273a ("examples/l2fwd-keepalive: add sample application")
Fixes: d0dff9ba445e ("doc: sample application user guide")
Fixes: f6baccbc2b3b ("examples/l2fwd-cat: add sample application for PQoS CAT and CDP")
Fixes: ba7b86b1419b ("doc: add l2fwd-crypto sample app guide")
Fixes: ccefe752cab0 ("doc: add jobstats sample guide")
Fixes: 1b2038b06fae ("doc: new packet ordering app description")
Fixes: 4d1a771bd88d ("doc: add guide for performance-thread example")
Fixes: 2d1232571112 ("doc: add PTP client sample guide")
Fixes: 0d8d3df6b81b ("doc: add Rx and Tx callbacks sample app user guide")
Fixes: eb21185d6f21 ("doc: add flow distributor example guide")
Fixes: 1443da3bbd71 ("doc: add basic forwarding skeleton user guide")
Fixes: 181654b7162e ("doc: add a VXLAN sample guide")
Fixes: c75f4e6a7a2b ("doc: add vm power mgmt app")

Signed-off-by: Herakliusz Lipiec <herakliusz.lipiec at intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Marko Kovacevic <marko.kovacevic at intel.com>

---
v3:
   -removed unnecessary addition of export RTE_TARGET (Thomas)
   -changed make install to make config               (Thomas)
   -Inserted new method to export and make examples   (Thomas)
---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/cmd_line.rst              |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/compiling.rst             | 135 +++++++++++++++++++++
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst              |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ethtool.rst               |  23 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/exception_path.rst        |  23 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/hello_world.rst           |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/index.rst                 |   1 +
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_frag.rst               |  27 +----
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_reassembly.rst         |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipsec_secgw.rst           |  19 +--
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipv4_multicast.rst        |  33 +----
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/keep_alive.rst            |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/kernel_nic_interface.rst  |  24 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_cat.rst        |  34 ++----
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_crypto.rst     |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_job_stats.rst  |  21 +---
 .../sample_app_ug/l2_forward_real_virtual.rst      |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward.rst            |  23 +---
 .../sample_app_ug/l3_forward_access_ctrl.rst       |  23 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_power_man.rst  |  23 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_virtual.rst    |  29 +----
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/link_status_intr.rst      |  27 +----
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/load_balancer.rst         |  19 +--
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/multi_process.rst         |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/netmap_compatibility.rst  |  25 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/packet_ordering.rst       |  23 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/performance_thread.rst    |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ptpclient.rst             |  33 ++---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_metering.rst          |  24 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_scheduler.rst         |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/quota_watermark.rst       |  22 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/rxtx_callbacks.rst        |  25 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/server_node_efd.rst       |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/skeleton.rst              |  25 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/test_pipeline.rst         |  20 +--
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/timer.rst                 |  21 +---
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vhost.rst                 |  16 +--
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vm_power_management.rst   |   9 +-
 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vmdq_dcb_forwarding.rst   |  19 +--
 39 files changed, 241 insertions(+), 741 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 doc/guides/sample_app_ug/compiling.rst

diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/cmd_line.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/cmd_line.rst
index 36c7971..7ea0dea 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/cmd_line.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/cmd_line.rst
@@ -68,26 +68,9 @@ There are three simple commands:
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/cmdline
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    Refer to the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``cmd_line`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/compiling.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/compiling.rst
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..c40a87a
--- /dev/null
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/compiling.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,135 @@
+ ..  BSD LICENSE
+     Copyright(c) 2015 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved.
+     All rights reserved.
+
+     Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without
+     modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions
+     are met:
+
+     * Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
+     notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer.
+     * Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright
+     notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in
+     the documentation and/or other materials provided with the
+     distribution.
+     * Neither the name of Intel Corporation nor the names of its
+     contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived
+     from this software without specific prior written permission.
+
+     THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS
+     "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT
+     LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR
+     A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT
+     OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL,
+     SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT
+     LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE,
+     DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY
+     THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT
+     (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE
+     OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
+
+.. _sample_app_compilation:
+
+Compiling the Sample Applications
+=================================
+
+This section explains how to compile the DPDK sample applications.
+
+To compile all the sample applications
+--------------------------------------
+
+
+Set the path to DPDK source code if its not set:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
+
+Go to DPDK source:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        cd $RTE_SDK
+
+Make and install DPDK:
+
+   .. code-block:: console
+
+        make config T=$RTE_TARGET
+        make
+
+Build the sample applications:
+
+   .. code-block:: console
+
+       export RTE_TARGET=build
+       make -C examples
+
+For other possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values and additional information on
+compiling see
+:ref:`Compiling DPDK on Linux <linux_gsg_compiling_dpdk>` or
+:ref:`Compiling DPDK on FreeBSD <building_from_source>`.
+Applications are output to: ``$RTE_SDK/examples/app-dir/build`` or
+``$RTE_SDK/examples/app-dir/$RTE_TARGET``.
+
+
+
+To compile a single application
+-------------------------------
+
+Set the path to DPDK source code:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
+
+Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
+
+See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
+
+
+Go to DPDK source:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+       cd $RTE_SDK
+
+
+Make and install DPDK:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        make install T=$RTE_TARGET
+
+
+Go to the sample application directory. Unless otherwise specified the sample
+applications are located in ``$RTE_SDK/examples/``.
+
+
+Build the application:
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+        make
+
+
+The compiled application is written to the build subdirectory.
+To have the application written to a different location,
+the ``O=/path/to/build/directory`` option may be specified in the make command.
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+       make O=/tmp/
+
+
+To build the application for debugging use the ``DEBUG`` option.
+This option adds some extra flags, disables compiler optimizations and
+sets verbose output.
+
+    .. code-block:: console
+
+       make DEBUG=1
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
index 1cae473..466115d 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
@@ -53,30 +53,12 @@ generator as shown in the figure below.
 
    Performance Benchmarking Setup (Basic Environment)
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/distributor
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the DPDK Getting Started Guide for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-        make
+The application is located in the ``distributor`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ethtool.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ethtool.rst
index 6779795..814d78b 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ethtool.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ethtool.rst
@@ -40,28 +40,9 @@ is based upon a simple L2 frame reflector.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ethtool
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``ethtool`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/exception_path.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/exception_path.rst
index e505fb3..2dee8bf 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/exception_path.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/exception_path.rst
@@ -58,28 +58,9 @@ To make throughput measurements, kernel bridges must be setup to forward data be
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/exception_path
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target will be used if not specified).
-    For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-This application is intended as a linuxapp only.
-See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``exception_path`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/hello_world.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/hello_world.rst
index f4753af..8196702 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/hello_world.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/hello_world.rst
@@ -37,26 +37,9 @@ The application simply prints an "helloworld" message on every enabled lcore.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/helloworld
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``helloworld`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/index.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/index.rst
index 069d4f1..4f8340a 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/index.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/index.rst
@@ -36,6 +36,7 @@ Sample Applications User Guides
     :numbered:
 
     intro
+    compiling
     cmd_line
     ethtool
     exception_path
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_frag.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_frag.rst
index bd1fe2d..5686b35 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_frag.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_frag.rst
@@ -59,31 +59,12 @@ Any unmatched packets are forwarded to the originating port.
 By default, input frame sizes up to 9.5 KB are supported.
 Before forwarding, the input IP packet is fragmented to fit into the "standard" Ethernet* v2 MTU (1500 bytes).
 
-Building the Application
-------------------------
+Compiling the Application
+-------------------------
 
-To build the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ip_fragmentation
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``ip_fragmentation`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_reassembly.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_reassembly.rst
index cc9e591..21d00fc 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_reassembly.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ip_reassembly.rst
@@ -53,28 +53,14 @@ There are two key differences from the L2 Forwarding sample application:
 The Longest Prefix Match (LPM for IPv4, LPM6 for IPv6) table is used to store/lookup an outgoing port number, associated with that IPv4 address. Any unmatched packets are forwarded to the originating port.Compiling the Application
 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
+Compiling the Application
+-------------------------
 
-   .. code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ip_reassembly
+The application is located in the ``ip_reassembly`` sub-directory.
 
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-   .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-   .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipsec_secgw.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipsec_secgw.rst
index b675cba..c6af171 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipsec_secgw.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipsec_secgw.rst
@@ -83,27 +83,12 @@ Constraints
 *  Each SA must be handle by a unique lcore (*1 RX queue per port*).
 *  No chained mbufs.
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
-
-#. Go to the sample application directory::
-
-      export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-      cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ipsec-secgw
-
-#. Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example::
-
-
-      export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-   See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#. Build the application::
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-       make
+The application is located in the ``rpsec-secgw`` sub-directory.
 
 #. [Optional] Build the application for debugging:
    This option adds some extra flags, disables compiler optimizations and
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipv4_multicast.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipv4_multicast.rst
index 49712a0..4896be3 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipv4_multicast.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ipv4_multicast.rst
@@ -63,37 +63,12 @@ with the mask of ports to multicast packets to.
 Also, the application does not consider the Ethernet addresses;
 it looks only at the IPv4 destination address for any given packet.
 
-Building the Application
-------------------------
+Compiling the Application
+-------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ipv4_multicast
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
-
-.. note::
-
-    The compiled application is written to the build subdirectory.
-    To have the application written to a different location,
-    the O=/path/to/build/directory option may be specified in the make command.
+The application is located in the ``ipv4_multicast`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/keep_alive.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/keep_alive.rst
index fe90820..e58e40c 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/keep_alive.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/keep_alive.rst
@@ -66,27 +66,9 @@ of the L2 forwarding application.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/keep_alive
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l2fwd_keep_alive`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/kernel_nic_interface.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/kernel_nic_interface.rst
index 619a7b5..c27af67 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/kernel_nic_interface.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/kernel_nic_interface.rst
@@ -77,35 +77,17 @@ The packet flow through the Kernel NIC Interface application is as shown in the
 
    Kernel NIC Application Packet Flow
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-Compile the application as follows:
-
-#.  Go to the example directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/kni
+The application is located in the ``kni`` sub-directory.
 
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified)
-
-    .. note::
+.. note::
 
         This application is intended as a linuxapp only.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
-
 Loading the Kernel Module
 -------------------------
 
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_cat.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_cat.rst
index b0c2e10..cf09b38 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_cat.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_cat.rst
@@ -67,38 +67,28 @@ White paper demonstrating example use case:
 
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
+.. note::
 
-Requires ``libpqos`` from Intel's
-`intel-cmt-cat software package <https://github.com/01org/intel-cmt-cat>`_
-hosted on GitHub repository. For installation notes, please see ``README`` file.
+    Requires ``libpqos`` from Intel's
+    `intel-cmt-cat software package <https://github.com/01org/intel-cmt-cat>`_
+    hosted on GitHub repository. For installation notes, please see ``README`` file.
 
-GIT:
+    GIT:
 
-* https://github.com/01org/intel-cmt-cat
-
-To compile the application export the path to PQoS lib
-and the DPDK source tree and go to the example directory:
-
-.. code-block:: console
+    * https://github.com/01org/intel-cmt-cat
 
-    export PQOS_INSTALL_PATH=/path/to/libpqos
-    export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
 
-    cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l2fwd-cat
+#. To compile the application export the path to PQoS lib
+   and the DPDK source tree and go to the example directory:
 
-Set the target, for example:
+   .. code-block:: console
 
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
+       export PQOS_INSTALL_PATH=/path/to/libpqos
 
-See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
 
-Build the application as follows:
-
-.. code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    make
+The application is located in the ``l2fwd-cat`` sub-directory.
 
 
 Running the Application
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_crypto.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_crypto.rst
index 158f4b4..9dace20 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_crypto.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_crypto.rst
@@ -55,26 +55,9 @@ Also, if MAC addresses updating is enabled, the MAC addresses are affected as fo
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l2fwd-crypto
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    *See the DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l2fwd-crypt`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_job_stats.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_job_stats.rst
index 1029cc8..9aaf80a 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_job_stats.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_job_stats.rst
@@ -97,26 +97,9 @@ in this case enabling a total of four Virtual Functions.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l2fwd-jobstats
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    *See the DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l2fwd-jobstats`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_real_virtual.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_real_virtual.rst
index f579c8f..ba64ea2 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_real_virtual.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l2_forward_real_virtual.rst
@@ -107,26 +107,9 @@ in this case enabling a total of four Virtual Functions.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l2fwd
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    *See the DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l2fwd`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward.rst
index 6a6b8fb..1eb12c4 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward.rst
@@ -62,28 +62,9 @@ In the sample application, hash-based forwarding supports IPv4 and IPv6. LPM-bas
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l3fwd
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l3fwd`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_access_ctrl.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_access_ctrl.rst
index a6aa4fb..cf71a6c 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_access_ctrl.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_access_ctrl.rst
@@ -252,28 +252,9 @@ Once the application starts, it transitions through three phases:
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l3fwd-acl
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK IPL Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    ..  code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l3fwd-acl`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_power_man.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_power_man.rst
index ea9c404..271ee04 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_power_man.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_power_man.rst
@@ -104,28 +104,9 @@ instead of always running to the C0 state waiting for packets.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l3fwd-power
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``l3fwd-power`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_virtual.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_virtual.rst
index 5f9d894..e96f79e 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_virtual.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/l3_forward_virtual.rst
@@ -64,34 +64,9 @@ The set of LPM rules used by the application is statically configured and loaded
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/l3fwd-vf
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
-
-.. note::
-
-    The compiled application is written to the build subdirectory.
-    To have the application written to a different location,
-    the O=/path/to/build/directory option may be specified in the make command.
+The application is located in the ``l3fwd-vf`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/link_status_intr.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/link_status_intr.rst
index f9af474..d073e71 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/link_status_intr.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/link_status_intr.rst
@@ -55,32 +55,9 @@ and the behavior of L2 forwarding each time the link status changes.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/link_status_interrupt
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
-
-.. note::
-
-    The compiled application is written to the build subdirectory.
-    To have the application written to a different location,
-    the O=/path/to/build/directory option may be specified on the make command line.
+The application is located in the ``link_status_interrupt`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/load_balancer.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/load_balancer.rst
index e101a5f..925ba5d 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/load_balancer.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/load_balancer.rst
@@ -86,24 +86,9 @@ The routing logic is LPM based, with all the worker threads sharing the same LPM
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-The sequence of steps used to build the application is:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Export the required environment variables:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=<Path to the DPDK installation folder>
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application executable file:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/load_balancer
-        make
-
-    For more details on how to build the DPDK libraries and sample applications,
-    please refer to the *DPDK Getting Started Guide.*
+The application is located in the ``load_balancer`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/multi_process.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/multi_process.rst
index d4df2fa..4b6df70 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/multi_process.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/multi_process.rst
@@ -40,31 +40,13 @@ Example Applications
 
 Building the Sample Applications
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
-
 The multi-process example applications are built in the same way as other sample applications,
 and as documented in the *DPDK Getting Started Guide*.
-To build all the example applications:
-
-#.  Set RTE_SDK and go to the example directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/multi_process
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target will be used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
 
-#.  Build the applications:
 
-    .. code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-        make
+The applications are located in the ``multi_process`` sub-directory.
 
 .. note::
 
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/netmap_compatibility.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/netmap_compatibility.rst
index 030fd98..0ff5059 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/netmap_compatibility.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/netmap_compatibility.rst
@@ -121,29 +121,12 @@ The bridge application is an example largely based on the bridge example shipped
 It shows how a minimal Netmap application with minimal and straightforward source code changes can be run on top of the DPDK.
 Please refer to ``$RTE_SDK/examples/netmap_compat/bridge/bridge.c`` for an example of a ported application.
 
-Compiling the "bridge" Sample Application
------------------------------------------
+Compiling the Application
+-------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/netmap_compat
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide for Linux* for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``netmap_compat`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the "bridge" Sample Application
 ---------------------------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/packet_ordering.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/packet_ordering.rst
index ef85150..3c6eb35 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/packet_ordering.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/packet_ordering.rst
@@ -51,28 +51,11 @@ The application uses at least three CPU cores:
   from the reorder buffer and sends them to the NIC ports for transmission.
 
 Compiling the Application
---------------------------
+-------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/helloworld
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``packet_ordering`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/performance_thread.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/performance_thread.rst
index a55a624..c718ce6 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/performance_thread.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/performance_thread.rst
@@ -73,28 +73,10 @@ invalid.
 
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
-The application is located in the sample application folder in the
-``performance-thread`` folder.
 
-#.  Go to the example applications folder
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-       export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-       cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/performance-thread/l3fwd-thread
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-       export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Linux Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-        make
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
+The application is located in the `performance-thread/l3fwd-thread` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ptpclient.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ptpclient.rst
index d3ef1d1..b456e33 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ptpclient.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/ptpclient.rst
@@ -78,39 +78,20 @@ The adjustment for slave can be represented as:
 If the command line parameter ``-T 1`` is used the application also
 synchronizes the PTP PHC clock with the Linux kernel clock.
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application, export the path to the DPDK source tree and edit
-the ``config/common_linuxapp`` configuration file to enable IEEE1588:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-
-    # Edit  common_linuxapp and set the following options:
-    CONFIG_RTE_LIBRTE_IEEE1588=y
-
-Set the target, for example:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
-
-Build the application as follows:
-
-.. code-block:: console
+The application is located in the ``ptpclient`` sub-directory.
 
-    # Recompile DPDK.
-    make install T=$RTE_TARGET
+.. note::
+   To compile the application edit the ``config/common_linuxapp`` configuration file to enable IEEE1588
+   and then recompile DPDK:
 
-    # Compile the application.
-    cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/ptpclient
-    make
+   .. code-block:: console
 
+      CONFIG_RTE_LIBRTE_IEEE1588=y
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_metering.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_metering.rst
index e1a6ac7..c6a9d72 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_metering.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_metering.rst
@@ -64,29 +64,9 @@ all the incoming packets are colored as green.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/qos_meter
-
-#.  Set the target
-    (a default target is used if not specified):
-
-    .. note::
-
-        This application is intended as a linuxapp only.
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``qos_meter`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_scheduler.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_scheduler.rst
index a6654cb..e618e2a 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_scheduler.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/qos_scheduler.rst
@@ -58,31 +58,14 @@ The TX thread, if present, reads from the TX ring and write the packets to the T
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Go to the sample application directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/qos_sched
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
+The application is located in the ``qos_sched`` sub-directory.
 
     .. note::
 
         This application is intended as a linuxapp only.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
-
 .. note::
 
     To get statistics on the sample app using the command line interface as described in the next section,
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/quota_watermark.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/quota_watermark.rst
index 2c3a432..c185147 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/quota_watermark.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/quota_watermark.rst
@@ -88,30 +88,12 @@ as shown in :numref:`figure_ring_pipeline_perf_setup`.
 
    Ring-based Processing Pipeline Performance Setup
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/quota_watermark
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-        make
+The application is located in the ``quota_watermark`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/rxtx_callbacks.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/rxtx_callbacks.rst
index 8d1bb86..4feb19b 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/rxtx_callbacks.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/rxtx_callbacks.rst
@@ -45,23 +45,9 @@ prior to transmission to calculate the elapsed time, in CPU cycles.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application export the path to the DPDK source tree and go to
-the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-
-    cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/rxtx_callbacks
-
-
-Set the target, for example:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
+The application is located in the ``rxtx_callbacks`` sub-directory.
 
 The callbacks feature requires that the ``CONFIG_RTE_ETHDEV_RXTX_CALLBACKS``
 setting is on in the ``config/common_`` config file that applies to the
@@ -71,13 +57,6 @@ target. This is generally on by default:
 
     CONFIG_RTE_ETHDEV_RXTX_CALLBACKS=y
 
-Build the application as follows:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    make
-
-
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
 
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/server_node_efd.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/server_node_efd.rst
index c2a5f20..ee7d460 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/server_node_efd.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/server_node_efd.rst
@@ -108,26 +108,9 @@ that this is a new flow, which is dropped.
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-The sequence of steps used to build the application is:
-
-#.  Export the required environment variables:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application executable file:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/server_node_efd/
-        make
-
-    For more details on how to build the DPDK libraries and sample
-    applications,
-    please refer to the *DPDK Getting Started Guide.*
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
+The application is located in the ``server_node_efd`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/skeleton.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/skeleton.rst
index c39b033..4eb65af 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/skeleton.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/skeleton.rst
@@ -39,33 +39,12 @@ It is intended as a demonstration of the basic components of a DPDK forwarding
 application. For more detailed implementations see the L2 and L3 forwarding
 sample applications.
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-To compile the application export the path to the DPDK source tree and go to
-the example directory:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-
-    cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/skeleton
-
-Set the target, for example:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-See the *DPDK Getting Started* Guide for possible ``RTE_TARGET`` values.
-
-Build the application as follows:
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    make
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
+The application is located in the ``skeleton`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/test_pipeline.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/test_pipeline.rst
index 95c7e0f..4aca2be 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/test_pipeline.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/test_pipeline.rst
@@ -55,28 +55,12 @@ The application uses three CPU cores:
 
    Test Pipeline Application
 
-
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`
 
-#.  Go to the app/test directory:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/app/test/test-pipeline
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified):
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
+The application is located in the ``$RTE_SDK/test/test-pipline`` directory.
 
-        make
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/timer.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/timer.rst
index 00b6953..e9df6f0 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/timer.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/timer.rst
@@ -37,26 +37,9 @@ This application prints some messages from different lcores regularly, demonstra
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the example directory:
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/timer
-
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible *RTE_TARGET* values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``timer`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vhost.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vhost.rst
index a2a3909..0b57261 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vhost.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vhost.rst
@@ -55,20 +55,12 @@ puts back to the same physical NIC port.
 Build
 ~~~~~
 
-Follow the *Getting Started Guide for Linux* on generic info about
-environment setup and building DPDK from source.
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-In this example, you need build DPDK both on the host and inside guest.
-Also, you need build this example.
-
-.. code-block:: console
-
-    export RTE_SDK=/path/to/dpdk_source
-    export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/vhost
-    make
+The application is located in the ``vhost`` sub-directory.
 
+.. note::
+   In this example, you need build DPDK both on the host and inside guest.
 
 Start the vswitch example
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vm_power_management.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vm_power_management.rst
index 05c26b0..dc51476 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vm_power_management.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vm_power_management.rst
@@ -201,9 +201,12 @@ Compiling and Running the Host Application
 Compiling
 ~~~~~~~~~
 
-#. export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-#. cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/vm_power_manager
-#. make
+Compiling the Application
+-------------------------
+
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
+
+The application is located in the ``vm_power_manager`` sub-directory.
 
 Running
 ~~~~~~~
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vmdq_dcb_forwarding.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vmdq_dcb_forwarding.rst
index 70e1d19..3d2abb8 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vmdq_dcb_forwarding.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/vmdq_dcb_forwarding.rst
@@ -86,26 +86,11 @@ No command-line options are taken by this application apart from the standard EA
 Compiling the Application
 -------------------------
 
-#.  Go to the examples directory:
 
-    .. code-block:: console
 
-        export RTE_SDK=/path/to/rte_sdk
-        cd ${RTE_SDK}/examples/vmdq_dcb
+To compile the sample application see :ref:`sample_app_compilation`.
 
-#.  Set the target (a default target is used if not specified). For example:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        export RTE_TARGET=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
-
-    See the *DPDK Getting Started Guide* for possible RTE_TARGET values.
-
-#.  Build the application:
-
-    .. code-block:: console
-
-        make
+The application is located in the ``vmdq_dcb`` sub-directory.
 
 Running the Application
 -----------------------
-- 
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