gnucash maint: Tweak install rule to be able to compile glib's schema's on Windows as well

Geert Janssens gjanssens at
Sun Oct 6 16:11:03 EDT 2019

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commit b00a95c0b39e2666eac09bf13304782492d886b8
Author: Geert Janssens <geert at>
Date:   Sun Oct 6 21:27:10 2019 +0200

    Tweak install rule to be able to compile glib's schema's on Windows as well
    (Cherry picked from master)
    It's a bit of a hack based on the assumption DESTDIR is never set on Windows.
    A install time guard is added to assert this.
    It needed a few changes to make this working:
    - Have cmake expand DESTDIR instead of delaying this to bash
      If not, bash would see "$DESTDIRC:/gcdev64/..." and we'd loose
      the drive letter in bash' expansion of $DESTDIRC.
      So work with $ENV{DESTDIR} instead
    - To prevent cmake from already expanding this in the
      build system generation step add the appropriate escapes to
      that variable.
    - Add guard code in the install command that asserts
      DESTDIR is not set on Windows. Use similar escapes as
      necessary to ensure the evaluation happens at install time
      rather than in the generation step.

diff --git a/CMakeLists.txt b/CMakeLists.txt
index 1d1c327b1..20ec5ce10 100644
--- a/CMakeLists.txt
+++ b/CMakeLists.txt
@@ -86,6 +86,8 @@ foreach(install_dir ${CMAKE_INSTALL_FULL_BINDIR}
 # GnuCash installs two files in ${CMAKE_INSTALL_SYSCONFDIR}
diff --git a/gnucash/gschemas/CMakeLists.txt b/gnucash/gschemas/CMakeLists.txt
index 0b1fcb91b..735e5c11d 100644
--- a/gnucash/gschemas/CMakeLists.txt
+++ b/gnucash/gschemas/CMakeLists.txt
@@ -32,10 +32,20 @@ if (COMPILE_GSCHEMAS)
     add_custom_target(compiled-schemas ALL DEPENDS ${SCHEMADIR_BUILD}/gschemas.compiled)
-    install(CODE "execute_process(
-        COMMAND ${SHELL} -c \"echo Compiling gschema files in $DESTDIR${CMAKE_INSTALL_FULL_DATADIR}/glib-2.0/schemas ;
-                              ${GLIB_COMPILE_SCHEMAS} $DESTDIR${CMAKE_INSTALL_FULL_DATADIR}/glib-2.0/schemas\")")
+    # On Windows concatenating two absolute paths results in an invalid path (having two drive letters)
+    # If DESTDIR is not set on the other hand, the below install command works just fine
+    # So verify DESTDIR is not set on Windows
+    # Note we have to do this at build time, not configure time so the guard is part of the custom install command
+    install(CODE "
+    if (WIN32)
+        set (DESTDIR \$ENV\{DESTDIR\})
+        if (DESTDIR)
+            message(SEND_ERROR \"GnuCash can't be built with the DESTDIR environment variable set on Windows (due to bad interference with glib-compile-schemas).\")
+        endif()
+    endif()
+    execute_process(
+        COMMAND ${SHELL} -c \"echo Compiling gschema files in \$ENV\{DESTDIR\}${CMAKE_INSTALL_FULL_DATADIR}/glib-2.0/schemas ;
+                              ${GLIB_COMPILE_SCHEMAS} \$ENV\{DESTDIR\}${CMAKE_INSTALL_FULL_DATADIR}/glib-2.0/schemas\")")
 endif ()
 set(gschemas_DIST_local "")

Summary of changes:
 CMakeLists.txt                  |  2 ++
 gnucash/gschemas/CMakeLists.txt | 18 ++++++++++++++----
 2 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

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