Introduction to CMake

The CMake package contains a modern toolset used for generating Makefiles. It is a successor of the auto-generated configure script and aims to be platform- and compiler-independent. A significant user of CMake is KDE since version 4.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download size: 6.3 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 669 MB (with test suite and Qt5 cmake-gui)

  • Estimated build time: 3.8 SBU, using parallelism=4 (with test suite and Qt5 cmake-gui)

CMake Dependencies



Qt-4.8.7 or Qt-5.5.0 (for the Qt-based GUI), Subversion-1.9.1 (for testing), and Sphinx (for building documents)

User Notes:

Installation of CMake

If Qt4 and Qt5 are installed in /opt, use source setqt4 or source setqt5 to choose which one will be used to build the Qt-based GUI.

Install CMake by running the following commands:

./bootstrap --prefix=/usr       \
            --system-libs       \
            --mandir=/share/man \
            --no-system-jsoncpp \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-3.3.1 &&

To test the results, issue: bin/ctest -j<N> -O ../cmake-3.3.1-test.log, where <N> is an integer between 1 and the number of threads of your processor, inclusive. Current results: 99% tests passed, 1 test failed out of 433.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--system-libs: This switch forces the build system to link against Zlib, Bzip2, cURL, Expat and libarchive installed on the system.

--no-system-jsoncpp: This switch removes the JSON-C++ library from the list of system libraries. A bundled version of that library is used instead.

--qt-gui: This switch enables building of the Qt-based GUI for CMake.


Installed Programs: ccmake, cmake, cmake-gui (optional), cpack and ctest
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/cmake-3.3 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-3.3.1

Short Descriptions


is a curses based interactive frontend to cmake.


is the makefile generator.


(optional) is the Qt-based frontent to cmake.


is the CMake packaging program.


is a testing utility for cmake-generated build trees.

Last updated on 2015-09-20 15:38:20 -0700