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The buildsystem used is cmake. Use it like any other cmake project, it will probably work.

This is the standard procedure i use:

  1. clone repository, change into it
  2. create build dir and change to it: mkdir build; cd build
  3. run cmake: cmake ..
  4. adjust cmake vars: ccmake .
  5. build: make -j8
  6. install: sudo make install

Instead of using sudo make install you can also build a package. For that see "Building a Package".


These are normal cmake variables.

You can set them interactively by using ccmake . in your build directory. Alernatively specify the variables VAR with the value VALUE like this when invoking cmake:

cmake -DVAR=VALUE ..

Specify -D multiple times to set multiple variables.

To customize your smplxmpp build, the following variables are at your disposal.

Name Description Default Value
BUILD_DOCUMENTATION whether developer documentation should be built OFF
CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE type of build (mainly whether to include debug symbols) Release
CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX prefix to all stuff smplxmpp install to, typical values apart from the default could be /opt/smplxmpp, ~/.local or /usr /usr/local
SMPLXMPP_BUILD_SMPLXMPP whether to build the smplxmpp binary ON
SMPLXMPP_DEFAULT_EXTRA_CACERTS path to additional ca certs file (only one) that should always be loaded empty
SMPLXMPP_GLOOX_SRC_PATH if the system gloox is not used: path (file or URL) to gloox source (may be a tarball)
SMPLXMPP_GLOOX_SYSTEM_LINKER_FLAG if the system gloox is used: linker flag to gloox -lgloox
SMPLXMPP_GLOOX_USE_SYSTEM whether to use gloox provided by the system ON
SMPLXMPP_GZIP_MAN gzip man pages before installing (strongly recommended) ON
SMPLXMPP_INSTALL_SMPLXMPP whether to install the smplxmpp binary. if OFF, the built binary will stay only in the build directory ON
SMPLXMPP_BUILD_SMPLXMPP_NL whether to build the smplxmpp-nl binary ON
SMPLXMPP_INSTALL_SMPLXMPP_NL whether to install the smplxmpp-nl binary. if OFF, the built binary will stay only in the build directory ON
SMPLXMPP_INSTALL_LICENSE whether smplxmpp should install a license. if your distribution already provides a copy of the GPLv3, you may set this option to false ON
SMPLXMPP_INSTALL_MAN whether to install the man pages for smplxmpp (section 1 & 5) ON
SMPLXMPP_INSTALL_MAN_NL whether to install the man page for smplxmpp-nl ON
SMPLXMPP_LICENSE_INSTALL_DIR directory where the license is installed ${CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX}/share/doc/smplxmpp
SMPLXMPP_SPDLOG_USE_SYSTEM iff ON, use the spdlog version supplied by the system (recommended) ON
SMPLXMPP_SPDLOG_FORCE_HEADER_ONLY whether to use the target spdlog::spdlog_header_only -- which only newer spdlog versions have (only respected when using system spdlog) OFF
SMPLXMPP_SPDLOG_SRC_PATH path/URL to spdlog source when not using system spdlog
SMPLXMPP_VERSION_GUESS_GIT whether to guess the version by counting commits since the latest version. otherwise use hard-coded values (defaulting to current release) ON
SMPLXMPP_VERSION set to overwrite default version. useful for packaging guessed (see below)
SMPLXMPP_VERSION_DATE unix timestamp of the current version. will try to get from git if enabled or use hard-coded value of last version 1605552070

All variables are set to sensible defaults: if you don't know what they mean, simply don't touch them and you should be fine.

Building a Package

Simply execute make package after building to create a debian package. Note that the package respects the CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX, so despite being a package, all files will go to /usr/local by default.

So when building a package, make sure to change the install prefix like so:

mkdir build; cd build
make -j8
make package


Note that the gloox source is compiled and downloaded at build time. Executing make requires an active internet connection.

Version Guessing

When building from a git repo, the repo's tags and the date of the last commit will be used to calculate date and version of smplxmpp. As fallbacks the data from the latest minor release will be used. (It is not read from git but loaded from a file, where it is hardcoded.)

The version is constructed as follows: Get latest version as set in project() in CMakeLists.txt; here: $version. If the current commit is a tag v$version use $version, else use $version-git-$revcnt-$shorthash with $revcnt the count of commits since tag v$version and $shorthash as the short SHA1 hash of HEAD.

Therefore valid version numbers might be 0.9 or 0.9-git-2-9ea6cb1.

To bump the version, execute:

  • bump version in CMakeLists.txt at project() cmake-command
  • update timestamp in cmake/git_version.cmake
  • commit & tag the commit v$version (replace $version with the exact string from project() in CMakeLists.txt)
  • push commit and tag

You can disable version guessing by switching SMPLXMPP_GUESS_GIT_VERSION to OFF. If you want to specify your own version identifier, for example during packaging, specify SMPLXMPP_VERSION and SMPLXMPP_VERSION_DATE (as unix timestamp, month & year are calculated during build).

Linking gloox

By default gloox is linked dynamically from the version provided by the distribution. By adjusting the build variables it can be downloaded, rebuilt and linked against statically: Just switch SMPLXMPP_GLOOX_USE_SYSTEM to OFF, cmake will handle the download and build.

Linking spdlog

Similarly to gloox you can either use spdlog provided by your system (recommended, default) or download & recompile spdlog during build: Set SMPLXMPP_SPDLOG_USE_SYSTEM to OFF.

If you use your system spdlog version (recommended), you need spdlog in your include path.

Depending on your spdlog version it may be a header only or a shared library. If SMPLXMPP_SPDLOG_FORCE_HEADER_ONLY is set to ON, the special target spdlog::spdlog_header_only will be used for linking.

As this target is not available on versions without spdlog as shared library, activating this option will fail on these systems.