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What is CMake?

When will CMake support be available?

What are the benefits of CMake?

  1. You environment is verified before you compile.
  2. Incremental compiling and a simpler build procedure.
  3. Fewer wasted HPC jobs due to failed builds.

What is incremental compiling?

What is an "out of source" build?

Using CMake

Can I build GEOS-Chem Classic and GCHP in the same environment?

Yes. Because GEOS-Chem Classic's requirements are a subset of GCHP's.

How do I build specific targets?

Pass the target's name as an argument to make. You can build multiple specific targets by passing multiple names.

make <name ...>

How do I continue a build that was terminated before it finished?

Run your make command again. The build system will automatically pick up where it left off.

How do I recompile after I make modifications to the source code?

The build system will automatically figure out what needs to be recompiled when you run make. There is no need to run "cleaning" commands.

How do I make clean?

You don't need to do this anymore. When you run a make command, the build system automatically figures out what needs to be recompiled. A "clean" target still exists, but it cleans everything.

If you want to restart the build from scratch, you can do

make clean

How do I change GEOS-Chem's build options?

Build options set through CMake variables. You can set CMake variables with -D<name>="<value>" arguments. Note that "ON", "OFF", "TRUE", "FALSE", etc., are valid booleans in CMake.

cmake . -DFOO="BAR"    # set's the variable FOO equal to "BAR"

How do I disable multithreading (i.e. OpenMP)?

cmake . -DOMP=OFF

How do I disable colorized output?


How do I increase the build's verbosity?


How do I build for debugging?

cmake . -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug

How do I clean my build's configuration (i.e. CMake's files)?

rm -rf build
mkdir build
cd build

Advanced topics

Can I use Ninja rather than GNU Make?

Yes. You'll need CMake version 3.7 or greater and Kitware's Ninja distribution (for Fortran futures). To use the Ninja generator rather than the Makefile generator, initialize your build directory with cmake -GNinja <path to source code>.

Are the environment variables like FC and ESMF_ROOT necessary?

No, these are just for convenience. You can configure the build with the standard CMAKE_C_COMPILER, CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER, CMAKE_Fortran_COMPILER, and CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH variables, rather than environment variables, if you'd prefer. This means GEOS-Chem doesn't impose environment variable requirements on superprojects.

How do I build GEOS-Chem as a part of an other project?