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CMake Best Practices

By : Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor
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Book Image

CMake Best Practices

5 (2)
By: Dominik Berner, Mustafa Kemal Gilor

Overview of this book

CMake is a powerful tool used to perform a wide variety of tasks, so finding a good starting point for learning CMake is difficult. This book cuts to the core and covers the most common tasks that can be accomplished with CMake without taking an academic approach. While the CMake documentation is comprehensive, it is often hard to find good examples of how things fit together, especially since there are lots of dirty hacks and obsolete solutions available on the internet. This book focuses on helping you to tie things together and create clean and maintainable projects with CMake. You'll not only get to grips with the basics but also work through real-world examples of structuring large and complex maintainable projects and creating builds that run in any programming environment. You'll understand the steps to integrate and automate various tools for improving the overall software quality, such as testing frameworks, fuzzers, and automatic generation of documentation. And since writing code is only half of the work, the book also guides you in creating installers and packaging and distributing your software. All this is tailored to modern development workflows that make heavy use of CI/CD infrastructure. By the end of this CMake book, you'll be able to set up and maintain complex software projects using CMake in the best way possible.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Part 1: The Basics
Part 2: Practical CMake – Getting Your Hands Dirty with CMake
Part 3: Mastering the Details

Advanced configuration using CMake-GUI and ccmake

Albeit having different looks, most interfaces tend to do the same thing; thus, most of the things we have already covered in the previous section are also valid here. Remember, we are going to change our form of the interaction, not the tool we're actually interacting with.


Before going any further, check whether the ccmake command is available in your terminal. If not, verify your PATH variable is set correctly and check your installation as well.

Learning how to use ccmake (CMake curses GUI)

ccmake is a terminal-based graphical user interface (GUI) for CMake, which allows users to edit cached CMake variables. Instead of calling it a GUI, the term terminal user interface (TUI) may suit better since there are no traditional shell UI elements such as windows and buttons. These elements are rendered in the terminal using a text-based interface framework named ncurses.

Since ccmake is a part of the default CMake...