[vtkusers] [vtk-developers] VTK updated to CMake 3.3 and C++11

Robert Maynard robert.maynard at kitware.com
Wed Jan 18 14:31:36 EST 2017

I agree that the current error messages are not sufficient. I will
work on a MR that provides better error reporting.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:21 PM, Bill Lorensen <bill.lorensen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have a computer with a non-c++11 compiler. I would expect a better
> error message.
> Something like: VTK requires a c++11 compiler.
> After update vtk I get these cmake errors
>   "Clang"
>   version 3.0.0.
> Call Stack (most recent call first):
>   CMake/vtkModuleMacros.cmake:646 (vtk_add_library)
>   Common/Core/CMakeLists.txt:724 (vtk_module_library)
> CMake Error at CMake/vtkModuleAPI.cmake:53 (message):
>   No such module: "vtkCommonCore"
> Call Stack (most recent call first):
>   CMake/vtkModuleAPI.cmake:15 (vtk_module_load)
>   CMake/vtkModuleAPI.cmake:132 (_vtk_module_config_recurse)
>   CMake/vtkModuleMacros.cmake:180 (vtk_module_config)
>   CMake/vtkModuleMacros.cmake:582 (vtk_module_impl)
>   Common/Math/CMakeLists.txt:40 (vtk_module_library)
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:11 PM, Robert Maynard
> <robert.maynard at kitware.com> wrote:
>> I am happy to announce that over the last two weeks we have rolled out a
>> series of updates to VTK that mean the minimum required CMake version
>> is now 3.3 (see below), and now builds with C+11 enabled.
>> Yes VTK now requires a C++11 capable compiler. Initial we are only asking for a
>> minimal set of C++11 features (nullptr), but as continue forward through the
>> year we are going require a larger set of C++11 features. The final exact
>> versions for each compiler have not been set in stone, but a rough estimation
>> would be:
>>   - GCC 4.8+
>>   - Clang 3.3+
>>   - XCode 5.0+
>>   - MSVC 2013+
>> I wanted to send this announcement out to bring up a couple of points:
>> 1. Thanks to everyone that has helped get VTK ready for C++11! The final CMake
>> switch over to C++11 was very easy, only because of all the hard work that other
>> developers did in anticipation of this. So thank you very much.
>> 2. The major reason for this slow roll out of C++11 is so that we minimize the
>> impact on current VTK merge requests, while also minimizing dashboard
>> instability. Contributors please be aware of these changes if you have long
>> running branches.
>> 3. We currently have dashboard machines running GCC 4.6 & 4.7. We are currently
>> working up a plan on how best to transition these machines to at least GCC 4.8
>> as the roll out continues.
>> 4. The current MinGW dashboard machine doesn't support C++11 and will be
>> removed, with no plan of a replacement at Kitware. If the community is
>> interested in maintaining a newer MinGW machine I can provide assistance
>> on how to setup a machine.
>> ============
>> Why CMake 3.3:
>> We have chosen CMake 3.3 as the minimum required version for numerous reasons,
>> the most important of those reasons being:
>> - It is the first CMake release that offers C++11 support for all four major
>>   compilers ( GCC / MSVC / Clang / XCode ).
>> - The CMake version is sufficiently new enough that it allows for a cleaning
>>   of the existing CMake infrastructure. The current CMake minimum version
>>   requires VTK to maintain forks of numerous FindPackages and Modules that are
>>   part of newer CMake versions.
>> - Supports HTTPS downloads, with all the official binaries come with support.
>>   Allowing for migration of external data to a HTTPS only server. Something we
>>   are going to require in the near future.
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