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Re: [Mingw-cross-env-list] Question and Help

From: Omar Andrés Zapata Mesa
Subject: Re: [Mingw-cross-env-list] Question and Help
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:57:13 -0500

hi cmake have varibales to change  paths but have some defaults paths.
I think that mingw env  should  have defaults paths to found compiler and libs, but you can change defaults paths if you want and have .find of cmake into packages saves time for developers.

What you think?

2010/3/18 Martin Lambers <address@hidden>
On Thu, 18. Mar 2010, 21:16:54 +0100, Volker Grabsch wrote:
> > According to <http://www.cmake.org/Wiki/CMake_Cross_Compiling>, you can
> > make a "toolchain file" that contains all the macros, and then call
> > 'cmake -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=...'.
> >
> > It might make sense to generate such a file in Mingw-cross-env, but it
> > would have to be updated if the MCE directory is moved. I do not think it
> > is worth the trouble.
> But, why does CMake need absolute paths at all?
> The tools are in ${PATH}, and include/lib directories can be found with
> pkg-config. So why does CMake need absolute paths at all?

CMake should of course be able to find the tools in PATH, and a
well-written CMake file should use i686-pc-mingw32-pkg-config
or use some other sane method to find include and lib directories.

But most CMake files do not work that way, and that includes the files
that are provided as part of CMake.

Examples from Debian lenny:

- /usr/share/cmake-2.6/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake uses the host
 pkg-config unconditionally and has to be forced to use

- /usr/share/cmake-2.6/Modules/Find<SOME_LIB>.cmake files usually
 contain a long list of fixed directories where they will look for
 headers and libraries.
 For cross-compilation, the FIND_* macros of CMake have to be forced
 to look into user-specified directories and (additionally) ignore
 these explicitly listed directories. This has to be done via the four

In my opinion, this approach is just wrong and creates problems not only
for cross-compilation. Just do a quick
'grep /include /usr/share/cmake-2.6/Modules/*'
to see the different and inconsistent lists of fixed include directories
that are used by many different Find*.cmake files.

To be fair, it seems that newer releases of CMake try to clean up this

> So the issing support for platform triplets is just a minor issue.
> The real problem is the requirement for absolute paths.

Well-written CMake files would probably not need absolute paths, but
such files are very rare, see above. Maybe this situation will improve
over time.


Omar Andres Zapata Mesa
Auxiliar Grupo Fenomenologia de Interacciones Fundamentales Gfif
Integrante Grupo  de Física y Astrofísica Computacional
Division Ciencias de la Computación (FACom Dev)
System Manager Centro Regional de Simulación y Cálculo Avanzado(CRESCA)
Universidad de Antioquia
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