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QtCreator fails on trivial hello-world CMakeLists.txt

  • Hi,

    I'm trying to open a simple project with a trivial CMakeLists.txt, and get the following error:

    Running "C:\Program Files\CMake\bin\cmake.exe -E server "--pipe=\\.\pipe\{f2fb29e4-a968-4294-ac39-f3f8aeab77b5}" --experimental" in C:\Users\Projects\build-Desktop_Qt_5_12_0_MSVC2017_64bit-Default.
    Starting to parse CMake project.
    The C compiler identification is MSVC 19.16.27025.1
    The CXX compiler identification is MSVC 19.16.27025.1
    Check for working C compiler: C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/Enterprise/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.16.27023/bin/Hostx64/x64/cl.exe
    Check for working C compiler: C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/Enterprise/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.16.27023/bin/Hostx64/x64/cl.exe -- broken
    CMake Error at C:/Program Files/CMake/share/cmake-3.13/Modules/CMakeTestCCompiler.cmake:52 (message):
      The C compiler
        "C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/Enterprise/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.16.27023/bin/Hostx64/x64/cl.exe"
      is not able to compile a simple test program.
      It fails with the following output:
        Change Dir: C:/Users/Projects/build-Desktop_Qt_5_12_0_MSVC2017_64bit-Default/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp
        Run Build Command:"nmake" "/nologo" "cmTC_de233\fast"
        	"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\Hostx64\x64\nmake.exe" -f CMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir\build.make /nologo -L                  CMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir\build
        Building C object CMakeFiles/cmTC_de233.dir/testCCompiler.c.obj
        	C:\PROGRA~2\MIB055~1\2017\ENTERP~1\VC\Tools\MSVC\1416~1.270\bin\Hostx64\x64\cl.exe @C:\Users\Patrik\AppData\Local\Temp\nmBCE4.tmp
        Linking C executable cmTC_de233.exe
        	"C:\Program Files\CMake\bin\cmake.exe" -E vs_link_exe --intdir=CMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir --manifests  -- C:\PROGRA~2\MIB055~1\2017\ENTERP~1\VC\Tools\MSVC\1416~1.270\bin\Hostx64\x64\link.exe /nologo @CMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir\objects1.rsp @C:\Users\Patrik\AppData\Local\Temp\nmBD42.tmp
        RC Pass 1: command "rc /foCMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir/manifest.res CMakeFiles\cmTC_de233.dir/manifest.rc" failed (exit code 0) with the following output:
        The system cannot find the file specifiedNMAKE : fatal error U1077: '"C:\Program Files\CMake\bin\cmake.exe"' : return code '0xffffffff'
        NMAKE : fatal error U1077: '"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\Hostx64\x64\nmake.exe"' : return code '0x2'
      CMake will not be able to correctly generate this project.
    Call Stack (most recent call first):
      CMakeLists.txt:3 (project)
    Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
    See also "C:/Users/Projects/build-Desktop_Qt_5_12_0_MSVC2017_64bit-Default/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log".
    See also "C:/Users/Projects/build-Desktop_Qt_5_12_0_MSVC2017_64bit-Default/CMakeFiles/CMakeError.log".
    CMake Project parsing failed.

    The CMakeLists.txt is basically as simple as it can get:

    cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.12.0)
    # Find includes in corresponding build directories
    # Instruct CMake to run moc automatically when needed
    # Create code from a list of Qt designer ui files
    # Find the QtWidgets library
    find_package(Qt5Widgets CONFIG REQUIRED)
    # Populate a CMake variable with the sources
    # Tell CMake to create the hw executable
    add_executable(hw WIN32 ${helloworld_SRCS})
    # Use the Widgets module from Qt 5
    target_link_libraries(hw Qt5::Widgets)

    I have played around with the CMake settings in "Kits=>Qt", and tried many different "Generator" and "Extra generator" settings.

    Thank you very much for any help or hint.

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    I don't think you can continue here before is solved...

  • Indeed, solving the other problem made this one go away. Thanks!

  • Hi
    I have the similar problem. I cannot build any simple application with CMake and MSVC.
    CMake works with MinGW also there is no problem with compiling application with QMake and MSVC.
    If I try to build new application with CMake I get an error:

    C:\apps\CMake\share\cmake-3.16\Modules\CMakeTestCXXCompiler.cmake:53: ошибка: The C++ compiler "C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio/2017/Community/VC/Tools/MSVC/14.16.27023/bin/HostX64/x64/cl.exe" is not able to compile a simple test program. It fails with the following output: Change Dir: C:/Users/Tasik/AppData/Local/Temp/QtCreator-CpgOkw/qtc-cmake-XePfArFD/CMakeFiles/CMakeTmp Run Build Command(s):jom /nologo cmTC_05580\fast && Can't find the file Generator: execution of make failed. Make command was: jom /nologo cmTC_05580\fast &&

    I have both QtCreator copiled with MSVC x32 and MSVC x64 and there is no difference in behavior when compiling apps in this case... Here is the properties of the project.

  • I added path to the jom.exe (which in the C:\Qt\Tools\qtcreator-4.10.2\bin) to the Windows path variable and that problem was solved.

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