[cmake-developers] RFC: add version to project() call

Daniel Pfeifer daniel at pfeifer-mail.de
Tue Jan 14 13:21:03 EST 2014

2014/1/14 Brad King <brad.king at kitware.com>:
> On 01/13/2014 01:38 PM, Alexander Neundorf wrote:
>> does this require a policy now ?
>> Somebody could set Foo_VERSION_MAJOR in the toplevel subdir, and have a
>> project(Foo)
>> call in a subdir, which would now unset Foo_VERSION_MAJOR.
>> The same for PROJECT_VERSION_MAJOR, but this is maybe less likely.
> I don't think project(Foo) needs to affect Foo_VERSION_* when no
> VERSION argument is given (but should handle empty VERSION "").
> It should still handle PROJECT_VERSION_* to ensure consistency

What about CMAKE_PROJECT_VERSION_* for consistency with CMAKE_PROJECT_NAME?

>  That may need a policy, but it will be tricky
> because we need to know if the value came from a previous project()
> call or a user set() in order to know when to trigger compatibility.
> Perhaps "project(... VERSION ...)" can set some cmMakefile variable
> internally that says the project knows about versions so it is okay
> project(Foo) calls to unset them in subdirs.  Then we won't need any
> policy because there is no change in behavior without modifying the
> project to add at least one VERSION to a project() command.

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