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-10.0 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 0380beaee1c39a22455db02651abe7be

  • Download size: 8.6 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 329 MB (add 636 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 1.6 SBU (add 3.1 SBU for tests, both using parallelism=4)

CMake Dependencies





git-2.29.1 (for use during tests), Qt-5.15.1 (for the Qt-based GUI), Subversion-1.14.0 (for testing), rhash, and Sphinx (for building documents)

User Notes:

Installation of CMake

Install CMake by running the following commands:

sed -i '/"lib64"/s/64//' Modules/GNUInstallDirs.cmake &&

./bootstrap --prefix=/usr        \
            --system-libs        \
            --mandir=/share/man  \
            --no-system-jsoncpp  \
            --no-system-librhash \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-3.18.4 &&

To test the results, issue: bin/ctest -j<N> -O cmake-3.18.4-test.log, where <N> is an integer between 1 and the number of system cores. In case the environment variable LANG is set to a non-blank value and failures occur, try running the tests without having LANG set.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed ... Modules/GNUInstallDirs.cmake: This command disables applications using cmake from attempting to install files in /usr/lib64/.

--system-libs: This switch forces the build system to link against Zlib, Bzip2, cURL, nghttp2, 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.

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

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

--parallel=: This switch enables performing the CMake bootstrap with multiple jobs at one time.


Installed Programs: ccmake, cmake, cmake-gui (optional), cpack, and ctest
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/cmake-3.18 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-3.18.4

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 2020-10-11 12:53:37 -0500