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0013408CMakeCMakepublic2012-07-17 13:322013-03-04 08:38
ReporterSean McBride 
Assigned ToBrad King 
PlatformMacOSOS XOS Version10.7
Product VersionCMake 2.8.8 
Target VersionCMake 2.8.10Fixed in VersionCMake 2.8.10 
Summary0013408: CMake should support default installation of only, without 'command line tools' extras
DescriptionNowadays, Xcode is distributed as a standalone .app instead of an installer that copies files all over the place. As a consequence of this, nothing gets installed at /usr/bin/make, /usr/bin/cc, etc. Those programs are still included, just not at those locations; instead, they are within the bundle somewhere.

Optionally, one can install a separate 'command line tools' package that places things at those venerable locations. Without installing that, one can still find and use 'make' and other tools using 'xcrun' (see 'man xcrun'). ex:

$ xcrun make --version
GNU Make 3.81

$ xcrun -find make

Without the 'command line tools' installed, CMake seems unable to get far:

Error(s) when configuring the project
CMake Error: CMake was unable to find a build program corresponding to "Unix Makefiles". CMAKE_MAKE_PROGRAM is not set. You probably need to select a different build tool.

It would be nice if CMake could support having only and not the 'command line tools' extras.

 - invoke 'xcrun -find' to find the paths to the tools it needs.
 - invoke 'xcrun <tool name>' to invoke the tool.
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David Cole (manager)
2012-07-17 13:48
edited on: 2012-07-17 13:49

Another alternative might be simply to add "/Applications/" to the PATH environment variable prior to calling CMake.

That way, it should find make and all the other stuff in that bin directory just as easily as it finds it in "/usr/bin".

Try this in a command prompt before calling CMake:

  export PATH=/Applications/$PATH

If that works, you could simply permanently make such a change in your ~/.bash_profile

Sean McBride (reporter)
2012-07-17 14:20

David, that could be a partial/temporary solution, but:

- nothing requires to be in /Applications
- might be named differently, recent betas are named, for example ""
- one can have multiple copies of One of them is 'blessed' as 'the' Xcode using xcode-select. 'xcrun -find' resolves according to which is blessed. ex, on my system now:

$ sudo xcode-select -switch /Applications/

$ xcrun -find make

$ sudo xcode-select -switch /Applications/

$ xcrun -find make

Still, most will have only one and it will likely be in /Applications, so if your idea is much faster/easier I'd say go for it. Instead of hardcoding, would it be hard to extend your idea to use the output of:

$ xcode-select -print-path
David Cole (manager)
2012-07-17 16:22

I think you missed the point of my note. My suggestion is for users to do something so that CMake does not even have to be changed.

I'm suggesting that users modify their own PATH whenever they modify the "selected Xcode" and this way CMake has nothing to do.

No change should be required to do this, unless there's something beyond PATH that also needs to be changed.

Does CMake work with the Xcode generator without the command line tools installed? Or is there a problem with that as well?
Sean McBride (reporter)
2012-07-17 17:33

Indeed I read too fast.

I've removed the 'command line tools' from Rogue11, changed my PATH, and we'll see on tomorrow's dashboard.
Jerry Krinock (reporter)
2012-08-09 17:58

Although not requiring installation of Xcode's command-line tools would be nice, at a minimum, CMake's runtime, or at least its installer, should check for any needed prerequisites and inform the user if a prerequisite is missing. I've spent several hours in the last few days trying to figure out why CMake 2.8.8 just wouldn't work on a new Mac, until someone pointed out to me that it was necessary to install Xcode's command-line tools. The error messages I received from CMake just added to the confusion.
Brad King (manager)
2012-08-15 16:43

I was able to build CMake and run the tests with Xcode 4.4 on OS X 10.8 without installing the command line tools. Source the following bash code into your shell to set up the environment:

SDK="$(xcodebuild -sdk macosx -version Path)" &&
export PATH="$(dirname $(xcrun --find make)):$PATH" &&
export CC="$(xcrun --find cc)" &&
export CXX="$(xcrun --find c++)" &&
export CFLAGS="-isysroot $SDK" &&
export CXXFLAGS="-isysroot $SDK" &&
unset SDK

Then just run "cmake" and "make" as normal.
Brad King (manager)
2012-09-21 11:45

The following two commits address this (after some other cleanup):;a=commitdiff;h=a0a0877a [^];a=commitdiff;h=230ea218 [^]

Now CMake will always verify that the SDKs directory exists before using it. If not it will fall back to an empty value for CMAKE_OSX_SYSROOT. This allows one to build with just the command line tools for Xcode 4.5 but not the IDE.

Furthermore when CMAKE_OSX_SYSROOT is not empty then CMake will always use the -isysroot flag if the compiler supports it. One may now build with Xcode 4.4 without the command-line tools, even using the Makefile generator, by setting the environment as:

export PATH="$(dirname $(xcrun --find make)):$PATH"
export CC="$(xcrun --find cc)"
export CXX="$(xcrun --find c++)"

Robert Maynard (manager)
2013-03-04 08:38

Closing resolved issues that have not been updated in more than 4 months.

- Issue History
Date Modified Username Field Change
2012-07-17 13:32 Sean McBride New Issue
2012-07-17 13:48 David Cole Note Added: 0030061
2012-07-17 13:49 David Cole Note Edited: 0030061 View Revisions
2012-07-17 14:20 Sean McBride Note Added: 0030062
2012-07-17 16:22 David Cole Note Added: 0030065
2012-07-17 17:33 Sean McBride Note Added: 0030066
2012-08-09 17:58 Jerry Krinock Note Added: 0030203
2012-08-15 16:43 Brad King Note Added: 0030679
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Note Added: 0031080
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Assigned To => Brad King
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Status new => resolved
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Resolution open => fixed
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Fixed in Version => CMake 2.8.10
2012-09-21 11:45 Brad King Target Version => CMake 2.8.10
2013-03-04 08:38 Robert Maynard Note Added: 0032457
2013-03-04 08:38 Robert Maynard Status resolved => closed

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