_MY_PROJECT_NAME_ being what you want to call the project
I am sorry for having to ask and check all these really beginner stuff but there is something strange going on.
Whatever the situation I suggest you simply open up a command line window, change to the directory and manually type in the cmake command (so we have any scripts out of the way) and we can see the exact screen spit from cmake itself without the script which is just another source of possible error.
Assuming we pass all this basic stuff there is left one other possibility that your first makelist pulls other makelists and those later makelists have version requirements but that is not the sort of error you seem to be getting. The problem is the exact messages change depending on version CMake and exact OS type so I will leave it as a possibility.
The syntax error is:
The program processing the file is not able to parse the command cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.5).
The reason is:
You have pasted the command into the file opencv.sh which is processed by the shell (the Unix command line interpreter; see Unix shell - Wikipedia[^] ).
But it should be pasted into the file CMakeLists.txt which is processed by CMake.
The solution (see my initial answer):
So you have to add the command to the CMake file CMakeLists.txt.
CMake expects you to run it "out of the source tree"... meaning that you run it from some "build" directory where all the build binaries will be stored. That keeps the source separate from any build artifacts. It's warning you that you're building from within your source directory.
In simple terms... if you have a source tree that looks like this:
When you run the CMake command, it should be from a separate, self contained directory:
That keep all the build artifacts in "build_dir" so if you need to blow away your build, it's easy to do so without messing with the source. In this case, to launch cmake, go into your build_dir and launch with cmake ../ -DANYOTHERCMAKEARGS .
I think the problem is "descriptive terminology".
I have a "mother directory" OpenCV with CMakeList.txt file I execute using CMake.
I did not bother to find were CMake resides.
Now CMake wants to know "source directory".
That is why I asked - apparently it is the "mother directory" and not some specific real source code of OpenCV.
( I suppose analyzing CMake would give some clue )
Now CMake will build OpenCV library and again - where should this "build" be?
Logically it belongs under the mother directory just to keep things under common directory.
Apparently, and I do not discount I made some other mistake, that caused the warning.
It all sounds pretty simple, but turns difficult to troubleshoot when things do not go right.
For example CMake finishes the "build" gives no "option" to quit / exit -just ask for same "click this or that again ".
But I am making some progress thanks to this forum.
Sure but there isn't much to those two they are just followed by a folder path string for the library directory or the include directory.
For header files GCC uses 4 default directories in a set order, the name of those directories is set when the version of GCC.EXE was created. So I can't tell you what they are because it depends on versions, CPU etc. However you can get them back out to screen with a command
I don't do a lot with libraries and from what I know there are 2 default directories in a set order again set at compile time of the linker executable ld.exe and again it has a command to display them
Your commands above change the user directories and you can check what is happening by inserting your command line and putting -v at end and you can see what it changes.
this is my first usage of Eclipse and I am in "GUI" stage so far.
The problem is little too much for me.
First I used install.sh script for OpenCV and added "library search path" (-L) /usr/local/lib.
Than I am suppose to choose the actual library to use via (-l) from pull down box - but there is no pull down , only text box.
After "updating " Eclipse to newest I noticed that when I type in search path /usr/local/lib it ends up as "/usr/local/lib" , but still no pull down box with the libraries. I must be missing some other option.
( I do wish I was better using command line, but I am not ready for it.)
So I added cv2.so under library add (-l) .
Now everything compiles , but linker stops because it cannot find the "cv2.so" - but I can see it in correct directory.
I still think my (-l) syntax is wrong.
I also tryied to link to OpenCV .../build/lib with same results . This "build/lib" was a product of CMake I found with OpenCV.
I think my biggest issue is - I do not understand how does "shared" library works in Elipse and which library search path is correct.
Have you checked at CDT Documentation[^]? The command line options for GCC will all be listed on the GCC website, but generally for linking you need the directories listed via -L (capital L), and the names of the libraries vie -l (small l). It is sometime since I have built an application on Unix/Linux so some features may have changed.
It would probably help if you showed your complete GCC command line (between <pre> tags for clarity.) and the exact error message(s) that you receive.
If the library file does not match this style (lib prefix, .a or .so extension, or you want to link dynamically to a .so file but there is also a matching .a file), you can pass the full name with path as argument like for object files (gcc recognises if the file is an object file or a libray).
I can't help much regarding Eclipse. But a quick search shows that there are two different sections where you can configure libraries:
The general library settings (C/C++ Properties - Folder - General - Paths and Symbols)
The project and tool specific settings (C/C++ Properties - Project - Build - Settings - Tool Settings - Linker)
The first should be used for system wide general library paths while the second is for project specific settings. To add an object or library with full path and name, enter it at Miscellaneous - Other objects.
Thanks to all, I really appreciate your help.
I did some more messing around and managed to input correct -L using / copying stuff affecting ALL projects. It sort off worked.
Than I did -l and typed cv2.so and the linker could not find it.
I'll try just cv2 without the so extension next.
AS I said , there is an GUI option to select "shared" files so as soon as I can get the linker to work I'll play with that.
I just rebuild another "buidl" using CMake again and will see what I messed up this time.
I'll cannot post the linker output until I have it back working after this new Make, sorry.
ld is the linker which collects all the object modules and libraries, and combines them into a new library, or an executable program. The library options to the linker are as follows: -L followed by a directory path, adds that directory to the list of locations to be searched for any additional libraries. -l add the undecorated library name to the list of libraries required by the object code. Note that libraries are commonly held in files which are named liblibraryname.suffix, where suffix is .a or .so. However the name specified on the option line should just be libraryname, i.e. no preceing lib and no suffix. And no directory paths.
So the options you should be using for /media/jim/OpenCL/OpenCV/build/lib/libopencv_flann_pch_dephelp.a should be something like:
To nail it down again:
The -l option requires a stripped library name without path, lib prefix, and extension!
When specifying all library pathes with the -L option, it must be just:
The linker (ld) will then search all directories specified with the -L option for matching files by building the full name from the path actually searched, appending the lib prefix, appending the name passed to the -l option, and appending the extension .a. If that fails for a path, it tries again with the extension .so.