Query: %cmake not doing out-of-tree builds?

Haïkel hguemar at fedoraproject.org
Sat Oct 10 20:49:25 UTC 2015

2015-10-10 22:25 GMT+02:00 Neal Gompa <ngompa13 at gmail.com>:
> Hello all,
> Over the last few weeks, I've been working on a number of packages that use
> CMake for the build system for various distros, and I've noticed something
> rather peculiar. Of all the distros I've built packages for (Fedora/CentOS,
> openSUSE, Mageia, Debian, and Ubuntu), only Fedora/CentOS does not
> automatically do CMake building in a subdirectory such that the build
> artifacts don't mix in with the source tree. Essentially, the %cmake macro
> doesn't enforce builds are out-of-tree.
> Is there a particular reason for this?

According Rex who implemented the %cmake macro

I must admit that I agree that out-of-tree builds is not  very useful
in RPM packaging case, as you always scratch the build directory.
Implementing out-of-tree builds who result in having to move between
directories during package building which could error-prone.


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