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-systemd platform.

Package Information

CMake Dependencies



Qt-4.8.7 or Qt-5.5.0 (for the Qt-based GUI), Subversion-1.9.0 (for testing), and Sphinx (for building documents)

User Notes:

Installation of CMake

Install CMake by running the following commands:

./bootstrap --prefix=/usr       \
            --system-libs       \
            --mandir=/share/man \
            --no-system-jsoncpp \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-3.4.0 &&

To test the results, issue: bin/ctest.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

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

--qt-qmake=/usr/bin/qmake-qt5: Use this switch if you have both Qt4 and Qt5 installed but wish to build the Qt5 based GUI (it defaults to Qt4 one).


Installed Programs: ccmake, cmake, cmake-gui (optional), cpack, and ctest
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/cmake-3.4 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-3.4.0

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 2015-11-18 17:07:51 -0600