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 12.1 platform.

Package Information

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  • Download size: 11 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 435 MB (add 1.2 GB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 2.2 SBU (add 3.9 SBU for tests, both using parallelism=4)

CMake Dependencies



GCC-13.2.0 (for gfortran), git-2.44.0 (for use during tests), Mercurial-6.6.3 (for use during tests), OpenJDK-21.0.2 (for use during tests), (Qt-5.15.12 or qt-alternate-5.15.12) or Qt-6.6.2 (for the Qt-based GUI), sphinx-7.2.6 (for building documents), Subversion-1.14.3 (for testing), cppdap, jsoncpp, and rhash

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-cppdap   \
            --no-system-librhash \
            --docdir=/share/doc/cmake-3.28.3 &&

To test the results, issue: LC_ALL=en_US.UTF-8 bin/ctest -j<N> -O cmake-3.28.3-test.log, where <N> is an integer between 1 and the number of system cores. Setting LC_ALL is needed to prevent some test failures when some of the locale variables are set to non English locales.

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

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 the system installed version for all needed libraries but those explicitly specified via a --no-system-* option.

--no-system-jsoncpp and --no-system-cppdap: These switches remove 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.

--no-system-{curl,libarchive,libuv,nghttp2}: Use the corresponding option in the list for the bootstrap if one of the recommended dependencies is not installed. A bundled version of the dependency will be used instead.

--qt-gui: This switch enables building 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-3.28 and /usr/share/doc/cmake-3.28.3

Short Descriptions


is a curses based interactive frontend to cmake


is the makefile generator


(optional) is the Qt-based frontend to cmake


is the CMake packaging program


is a testing utility for cmake-generated build trees