The NDEBUG macro turns the assert() function into a noop. This gives a
small performance boost, but may allow subtle programming errors to go

This code was added back in 2008, when we started passing
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=None instead of Release or Debug. It probably tries
to mimic a default behavior of Release type builds.

Other common build systems do not do this by default. For example,
autoconf's AC_HEADER_ASSERT macro only sets NDEBUG if --disable-assert
is passed to configure (it defaults to enabled).

It is better to let users add this to CPPFLAGS themselves if they really
want to save those few CPU cycles.

Signed-off-by: Mike Gilbert <>
 eclass/cmake.eclass | 9 ---------
 1 file changed, 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/eclass/cmake.eclass b/eclass/cmake.eclass
index 160f40b1cf8e..3da3b9aeb555 100644
--- a/eclass/cmake.eclass
+++ b/eclass/cmake.eclass
@@ -371,15 +371,6 @@ cmake_src_configure() {
        # Fix xdg collision with sandbox
-       if [[ ${CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE} = Gentoo ]]; then
-               # Handle release builds
-               if ! in_iuse debug || ! use debug; then
-                       local CPPFLAGS=${CPPFLAGS}
-                       append-cppflags -DNDEBUG
-               fi
-       fi
        # Prepare Gentoo override rules (set valid compiler, append CPPFLAGS 
        local build_rules=${BUILD_DIR}/gentoo_rules.cmake

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