Compiling LaTeX files into readable documents is actually a very involved process. Although CMake comes with FindLATEX.cmake, it does nothing for you other than find the commands associated with LaTeX. I like using CMake to build my LaTeX documents, but creating targets to do it is actually a pain. Thus, I've compiled a bunch of macros that help me create targets in CMake into a file I call "UseLATEX.cmake". Here are some of the things UseLATEX.cmake handles:
- Runs LaTeX multiple times to resolve links.
- Can run bibtex, makeindex, and makeglossaries to make bibliographies, indexes, and/or glossaries.
- Optionally runs configure on your latex files to replace @VARIABLE@ with the equivalent CMake variable.
- Automatically finds png, jpeg, eps, and pdf files and converts them to formats latex and pdflatex understand.
UseLATEX.cmake is currently hosted on github at https://github.com/kmorel/UseLATEX.
There has been some requests to incorporate UseLATEX.cmake into the CMake repository and distribution. Nobody thinks this is a bad idea, but it hasn't yet happened mostly out of laziness. Keep bugging me to show interest. (See the author contact information at the top of UseLATEX.cmake.)