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-7.6 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: e2e05d84cb44a42f1371d9995631dcf5

  • Download size: 5.3 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 237 MB (additional 195 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 1.8 SBU (additional 4.4 SBU for tests)

CMake Dependencies



Qt-4.8.6 or Qt-5.3.1 (for the Qt-based GUI), Subversion-1.8.10 (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 \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-3.0.1   &&

To test the results, issue: bin/ctest. If you want to investigate a problem with a given "problem1-test", use bin/ctest -R "problem1-test" and, to omit it, use bin/ctest -E "problem1-test". These options can be used together: bin/ctest -R "problem1-test" -E "problem2-test". Option -N can be used to display all available tests, and you can run bin/ctest for a sub-set of tests by using separated by spaces names or numbers as options. Option --help can be used to show all options.

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.

--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-3.0 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-3.0.1

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 2014-09-10 09:45:01 -0700