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CMake Cookbook

By : Radovan Bast, Roberto Di Remigio
Book Image

CMake Cookbook

By: Radovan Bast, Roberto Di Remigio

Overview of this book

CMake is cross-platform, open-source software for managing the build process in a portable fashion. This book features a collection of recipes and building blocks with tips and techniques for working with CMake, CTest, CPack, and CDash. CMake Cookbook includes real-world examples in the form of recipes that cover different ways to structure, configure, build, and test small- to large-scale code projects. You will learn to use CMake's command-line tools and master modern CMake practices for configuring, building, and testing binaries and libraries. With this book, you will be able to work with external libraries and structure your own projects in a modular and reusable way. You will be well-equipped to generate native build scripts for Linux, MacOS, and Windows, simplify and refactor projects using CMake, and port projects to CMake.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)

Where to start

We will first show where to find our example online and then discuss the porting example step by step.

Reproducing the porting example

We will start from the v8.1.0290 release tag of the Vim source code repository ( and base our work on the Git commit hash b476cb7. The following steps can be reproduced by cloning the source code repository of Vim and checking out that particular version of the code:

$ git clone --single-branch -b v8.1.0290

Alternatively, our solution can be found on the cmake-support branch at and cloned to your computer using this:

$ git clone --single-branch -b cmake-support