configure_fileΒΆ

Copy a file to another location and modify its contents.

configure_file(<input> <output>
               [COPYONLY] [ESCAPE_QUOTES] [@ONLY]
               [NEWLINE_STYLE [UNIX|DOS|WIN32|LF|CRLF] ])

Copies a file <input> to file <output> and substitutes variable values referenced in the file content. If <input> is a relative path it is evaluated with respect to the current source directory. The <input> must be a file, not a directory. If <output> is a relative path it is evaluated with respect to the current binary directory. If <output> names an existing directory the input file is placed in that directory with its original name.

If the <input> file is modified the build system will re-run CMake to re-configure the file and generate the build system again.

This command replaces any variables in the input file referenced as ${VAR} or @VAR@ with their values as determined by CMake. If a variable is not defined, it will be replaced with nothing. If COPYONLY is specified, then no variable expansion will take place. If ESCAPE_QUOTES is specified then any substituted quotes will be C-style escaped. The file will be configured with the current values of CMake variables. If @ONLY is specified, only variables of the form @VAR@ will be replaced and ${VAR} will be ignored. This is useful for configuring scripts that use ${VAR}.

Input file lines of the form “#cmakedefine VAR ...” will be replaced with either “#define VAR ...” or /* #undef VAR */ depending on whether VAR is set in CMake to any value not considered a false constant by the if() command. (Content of ”...”, if any, is processed as above.) Input file lines of the form “#cmakedefine01 VAR” will be replaced with either “#define VAR 1” or “#define VAR 0” similarly.

With NEWLINE_STYLE the line ending could be adjusted:

'UNIX' or 'LF' for \n, 'DOS', 'WIN32' or 'CRLF' for \r\n.

COPYONLY must not be used with NEWLINE_STYLE.