On 2019-01-21 11:09-0000 Lars wrote:
We are creating a foo-config.cmake file for a package. The 'foo' package contain a
dynamic library that provides two interfaces and a number of configuration files. There
is a mapping between an interface and required configuration files. What is the
recommended approach for installing targets and necessary configuration files in this
context? Should this be performed by foo-config.cmake or system that performed
find_package? If foo-config.cmake should perform the install, how should it be informed
of which interface is required? Can the "components" tag be used for this task?
Qt 5.11 support config mode but does not perform any install. Does anyone know
We are using CMake 3.13.2
Here is an overview of packaging which I believe will
be useful to you.
foo-config.cmake does no installation itself. Instead,
the build system for project "foo" installs that file to
help keep track of all the installed targets for foo that
get exported by foo. That file (and the many files it includes)
allows different projects to import foo targets with ease
from a foo package that has already been installed.
So, for example, Qt5 config mode allows your project to import Qt5
targets that have been exported by that project, but in order to
access that functionality, Qt5 has to already be installed by some
means completely independent of CMake.
Some references that explain all this (and a lot more) are
the install(EXPORT...) variant of the install commmand documented in
In sum, cmake makes it trivially easy to import targets (e.g., from an
already installed Qt5 package). It is substantially more work to
export targets from your own "foo" project using the foo-config.cmake
approach because there are a fair number of details you have to keep
track of to provide a useful result that other projects can import
successfully. But exporting is pretty straightforward once you
have read the above documentation, and it sure makes life convenient
for other projects which wish to import targets from an already
installed foo package.
Alan W. Irwin
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state
implementation for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); the Time
Ephemerides project (timeephem.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting
software package (plplot.sf.net); the libLASi project
(unifont.org/lasi); the Loads of Linux Links project (loll.sf.net);
and the Linux Brochure Project (lbproject.sf.net).
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