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-7.5 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 17c6513483d23590cbce6957ec6d1e66

  • Download size: 5.8 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 222 MB (additional 175 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 1.5 SBU (additional 3.5 SBU for tests)

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CMake Dependencies



Subversion-1.8.5 (for testing) and Qt-4.8.5 or Qt-5.2.1 (for the Qt-based GUI)

User Notes:

Installation of CMake

Install CMake by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../cmake- &&
./bootstrap --prefix=/usr       \
            --system-libs       \
            --mandir=/share/man \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-   &&

To test the results, issue: make -k test. Some tests may fail for unknown reasons. Other tests depend on the availability of remote sites, and may fail if those sites are not available.

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-2.8 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-

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 2014-03-02 03:28:39 -0800