How to parse CMakeLists.txt in python [closed]

asked 2018-11-15 10:13:54 -0600

kump gravatar image

I'm building automatic tests in python for my ROS project and I want to check certain elements inside the CMakeLists.txt during the tests. I want to check if CMakeLists.txt is written correctly in order for it to work with my code (required parameters set etc.).

I have spend a whole day implementing my own CMakeLists Parser that would return a dictionary of elements, but I failed as I don't understand the syntax of CMakeLists well enough. I could probably obtain the information I am looking for in the file, but there would be no guarantee unless the parser is totally universal.

I was looking for already implemented solution before I started to implementing my own, but couldn't find any. There are parsers that allows me to generate the CMakeLists, but not read it. Or I didn't find the documentation for this use case.

What do you use for reading CMakeLists.txt? What would you recommend me to use?

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Closed for the following reason question is off-topic or not relevant. Please see for more details. by gvdhoorn
close date 2018-11-15 10:46:16.182035


I'm sorry, but in its current form this is not a question for ROS Answers, as it's purely about CMake and parsing CMakeLists.txt.

I'm going to close this and recommend you post it elsewhere.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-11-15 10:46:02 -0600 )edit

Have you seen catkin_lint btw?

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-11-15 10:46:47 -0600 )edit

@gvdhoorn Thank you, I didn't see this. I specifically need to get elements of the list defined in CMakeLists.txt by construction


I went through the website and it doesn't look like this package enables this.

kump gravatar image kump  ( 2018-11-16 02:15:57 -0600 )edit

I suggested taking a look at catkin_lint as it may already cover 80% of your use case (ie: checking ROS Catkin packages for mistakes/errors).

The catkin_lintmodule surely contains functionality for parsing CMakeLists.txt (as that is what it needs itself), but you would have to try and ..

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-11-16 02:19:47 -0600 )edit

.. see whether you can use/extract that for your own purposes.

A quick look at the catkin_lint module lets me believe that could be very relevant.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2018-11-16 02:20:31 -0600 )edit