Advanced build customization

Including additionnals cmake files

Machine and system custom cmake files

Advanced tuning is possible using addionnals cmake files that are included automatically from some specifics locations. They are included in that order:

  • Project CMake files normaly located in _/conf.d/app-templates/cmake/cmake.d_
  • Home CMake files located in $HOME/.config/app-templates/cmake.d
  • System CMake files located in /etc/app-templates/cmake.d

CMake files has to be named using the following convention: XX-common*.cmake or XX-${PROJECT_NAME}*.cmake, where XX are numbers, * file name (ie. 99-common-my_customs.cmake).

NOTE You need to specify after numbers that indicate include order, to which project that file applies, if it applies to all project then use keyword common.

So, saying that you should be aware that every normal cmake variables used at project level could be overwrited by home or system located cmake files if variables got the same name. Exceptions are cached variables set using CACHE keyword:


set(VARIABLE_NAME 'value string random' CACHE STRING 'docstring')

OS custom cmake files

This is meant to personalize the project depending on the OS your are using. At the end of config.cmake, common.cmake will include lot of cmake file to customize project build depending on your plateform. It will detect your OS deducing it from file /etc/os-release now as default in almost all Linux distribution.

So you can use the value of field ID_LIKE or ID if the first one doesn’t exists and add a cmake file for that distribution in your conf.d/cmake/ directory or relatively to your app-templates submodule path app-templates/../cmake/

Those files has to be named use the following scheme XX-${OSRELEASE}*.cmake where XX are numbers, ${OSRELEASE} the ID_LIKE or ID field from /etc/os-release file. You can also define default OS configuration file to use as fallback is none specific OS configuration is available using the scheme XX-default*.cmake. Then is you need by example a module that isn’t named the same in one distro only, you only has to define a specific file to handle that case then for all the other case put the configuration in the default file.

Include customs templated scripts

As well as for additionnals cmake files you can include your own templated scripts that will be passed to cmake command configure_file.

Just create your own script to the following directories:

  • Home location in $HOME/.config/app-templates/scripts
  • System location in /etc/app-templates/scripts

Scripts only needs to use the extension .in to be parsed and configured by CMake command.