[Qt-creator] CMake Server Integration Feedback

Tobias Hunger tobias.hunger at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 21:40:11 CET 2017

Hi Mike,

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 6:12 PM, Mike Jackson <imikejackson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Just pulled the latest QtCreator 4.3 beta build and installed CMake 3.7.1 on
> my macOS 10.10.5 machine. First impressions are this is really cool. I more
> or less like the new layout that QtCreator presents. I do have some
> questions/feedback that could probably be fixed by our project updating some
> of our cmake code.


> See attached image.
> A lot of our "sub projects" do not list a <Source Directory> but all of the
> source codes listed under <Other Locations>. What cmake variable is
> QtCreator keying off of? I would be happy to make sure the proper variable
> is setup. At some point in the past we moved away from using the CMake
> "Project" command in all the sub-directories to help fix something else
> (Maybe Xcode or Creator or Visual Studio generation).

<Other Locations> is used for files that are outside of what cmake
considers to be the source or build directory of that target.

You already found that out:-)

> The top level project listed is not really the top level project at all. It
> is some sub-project where the CMake code probably uses the "Project"
> command. Is there a way to indicate to QtCreator that the _first_ "Project"
> command that is found is used as the top level project?

Yes, there is a bug there. Creator currently picks the first project
it gets from cmake. Apparently cmake does not keep the projects in the
order they are encountered (which is what I assumed it would do).
Fixing that is on my todo list.

> Is there a way to cut down on the number of embedded folders that are shown
> (/Users/mjackson/Workspace/DREAM3D_Plugins/$PLUGIN_NAME in my example) by
> setting some sort of PROJECT_ROOT_DIR cmake variable? That might be nice to
> have.

There is no such variable AFAIK. CMake assumes that all sources are
below the top-level cmake file and creator follows that.

> Again, this is looking really awesome for CMake & QtCreator integration.
> CMake really feels like a first class citizen in QtCreator.

Thanks! It is fun to make this work:-)

Best Regards,

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