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Re: kdesrc-build: cmake should take local (instead of system-wide) cmake modules

Hi Michael,

sorry, I didn't see your last email before I sent the first mail earlier today.

I updated to the latest kdesrc-build ($ cd /home/gregor/kde/src/extragear/utils/kdesrc-build/ ; git pull).

More see below.

On 10.05.2018 02:22, Michael Pyne wrote:
On Wed, May 09, 2018 at 01:12:10PM +0200, gregor.mi.sw wrote:
Am 09.05.2018 08:19 schrieb Ben Cooksley:
On Wed, May 9, 2018 at 9:28 AM, gregor.mi.sw <codestruct@xxxxxxxxxx>
On 08.05.2018 23:15, Milian Wolff wrote:
On Dienstag, 8. Mai 2018 22:40:39 CEST gregor.mi.sw wrote:


I have a question regarding kdesrc-build and CMake.

I setup the build environment variables and ran kdesrc-build and got
compiler error kinfocenter.

Now it shows the correct (local) path for solid (but not the other
there an environment variable or something I have to set to tell
Cmake to
always look for local modules first?

This is all sort of odd.

Regarding the difficulty finding CMake packages, kdesrc-build sets
CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH already, based on your chosen install location (set by
'prefix' or the compatibility 'kdedir' option).

If you're installing to /usr or /usr/local then maybe that is why CMake
is finding system libraries?  Roman Gilg actually recently submitted a
patch to fix this (https://phabricator.kde.org/D12739), if that's what
the problem is.

Try CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH. See e.g. this old blog post on the matter:


Thanks for the hint. The variable was already set:


In the blog post, it is said, that CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH is searched
_first_. I
find it strange that I had to uninstall the system-wide devel package
order to have cmake pick up the library in /home/gregor/kde/usr. And
for the
other libraries it still uses /usr. Any idea how to investigate this

If you have previously run CMake without setting CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH you
will need to remove your build directory first, otherwise it will
reuse modules it has already found.

Hello Ben, I already removed the build dir (forgot to mention that). I
assume that it should be sufficient to delete the build dir of the
application that should be configured
(/home/gregor/kde/src/build/kde/workspace/kinfocenter/) and not also
those of the imported libraries (KF5Service, KF5Solid, KF5Wayland etc.).
I wonder if there is maybe an additional (global) cmake cache or a
special behaviour of kdesrc-build.

There's no special behavior for kdesrc-build here (though there is a
cache, default .kdesrc-build-data in the same directory as your

However the CMake package to find when a CMake module config file is
loaded is based on the CMake paths when the module config file was
*installed*.  So all imported libraries would have be reinstalled to
fully fix the paths.

I assume "be reinstalled" also means "be rebuild" because otherwise wrong precompiled files would be installed again, right?

I've had these problems over the years and I've almost always found it
easier just to remove the CMake module config files entirely before
reinstalling to force it to be regenerated.

Do you mean those files: /home/gregor/kde/usr/lib64/cmake/* or another location? Why only the CMake module config files if a complete rebuild is required (--refresh-build)?

I still have some hope I can save this total re-compilation which takes at least 1 hour for me to reach applications like kinfocenter. Spordically, I want to code during the week after work in the evening and I find myself struggeling to get the dependencies build ready. And when it is ready, the time for this day is over :-). And a few days/weeks later a similar story. If I don't code every day this setup time is a major obstacle to reach a point where productive coding is possible. Thanks for clarifying some of the build details which makes it easier to better figure out when a complete rebuild is necessary.

It may be easiest to remove the install directory completely and use
"kdesrc-build --refresh-build" to avoid interference from
previously-installed cruft.

I now ran

$ kdesrc-build --include-dependencies --refresh-build kinfocenter

which recompiles everything. Now, the CMakeCache.txt files seem to contain the correct paths, e.g. KF5CoreAddons_DIR:PATH=/home/gregor/kde/usr/lib64/cmake/KF5CoreAddons.