Source directory restructuring

John Ralls jralls at
Tue Aug 8 13:01:44 EDT 2017

> On Aug 8, 2017, at 5:50 PM, Sumit Bhardwaj <bhardwajs at> wrote:
> John,
> If the plan is to dump autotools, should we ask also devs to make sure that
> they can build using cmake? I have had problems in the past and therefore,
> I have stuck with autotools so far.
> What are the things we want to confirm in the cmake toolchain?
> cmake
> cmake install
> cmake check
> Anything else?

No. cmake <args> srcdir && make && make check && make install or (quite a bit faster) cmake -G Ninja <args> srcdir && ninja check && ninja install.

You generally need to at least specify a -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX unless you want GnuCash installed in /usr/local which back in the day was a reasonable thing to do but isn't really anymore. Because of normal linker behavior and GnuCash's overuse of loadable modules you also need to uninstall before building, especially when changing branches. The incantation for that in cmake is xargs rm < install_manifest.txt.

Geert and I use the cmake+ninja build system most of the time and the Windows automated build has been using it for just over a year. I think that it's well tested. There's a known problem that the dependency graph doesn't capture everything especially for some of the scheme modules so allowing too much parallelism (setting -j too high on a many-core machine) will try to build some things before their dependencies are done. That's not a blocker to dropping autotools. The only loose end at present is that there are still a few rough edges in the dist target that need to be cleaned up.

John Ralls

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