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Subject: Re: [boost] CMake and Boost Build tests
From: paul (pfultz2_at_[hidden])
Date: 2017-07-26 19:42:44

On Wed, 2017-07-26 at 14:49 -0400, Edward Diener via Boost wrote:
> Following John Maddock's appeal for practical solutions related to the 
> move to CMake, I would like to know what the CMake equivalent is to the 
> Boost Build unit test functionality.
> In other words what do I write for CMake in order to do a Boost Build 
> compile, compile-fail, link, link-fail, run, and run-fail unit tests ?

For a run test, you would do, something like:

add_executable(footest footest.cpp)
add_test(NAME footest COMMAND $<TARGET_FILE:footest>)

For a compile/link test:

add_library(footest STATIC EXCLUDE_FROM_ALL footest.cpp)
add_test(NAME footest COMMAND ${CMAKE_COMMAND} --build . --target footest --

To make the tests with expected failures, just set a property:

set_tests_properties(footest PROPERTIES WILL_FAIL TRUE)

You also can check for certain output, which nice for checking that the
compile fail tests has triggered the static assert.

Ideally, the BCMTest module can make this simpler:

Which you can write the equivalent tests like this:

Run test:
bcm_test(NAME footest SOURCES footest.cpp)

Run fail test:
bcm_test(NAME footest SOURCES footest.cpp WILL_FAIL)

Compile test:
bcm_test(NAME footest SOURCES footest.cpp COMPILE_ONLY)

Compile fail test:
bcm_test(NAME footest SOURCES footest.cpp COMPILE_ONLY WILL_FAIL)

> Does CMake have an equivalent to the Boost Build alias rule ?

You can create interface target that includes the set of targets.

add_library(core INTERFACE)
target_link_libraries(core INTERFACE im reader writer)

> or the 
> Boost Build project rule ?

Hmm, I am not sure how this is relevant to cmake.

> The great majority of the Boost libraries are header-only libraries 
> where Boost Build is used to run the unit tests and, optionally, Boost 
> Build is used to build the documentation using a quickbook, boostbook, 
> doxygen toolset to generate html and pdf files. While I realize that 
> building a Boost library, and making that built library available to 
> end-users via CMake, has been the focus of most of the discussion so far 
> regarding CMake and Boost, I am assuming the move to CMake also means 
> that running unit tests and building docs where applicable must also be 
> done through CMake. If I am wrong about this then I personally will be 
> only too happy to continue using Boost Build to do these things.

There has been cmake written in the past that has done the documentation, I
don't recall where it was at. Either way, why do you think that generating
documentation is not possible with cmake?

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