Feature #1188

Provide build support for C++11

Added by Robin Mills 10 months ago. Updated 9 months ago.

Status:AssignedStart date:29 May 2016
Priority:NormalDue date:
Assignee:Robin Mills% Done:


Target version:0.27

cxx11.diff Magnifier - Patch (1.24 KB) T Modes, 31 May 2016 16:03

Related issues

Related to Exiv2 - Bug #1187: Crash while reading in parallel threads Closed 29 May 2016
Related to Exiv2 - Bug #1270: Using libexiv2.a/.lib in multhreaded app segfaults. Assigned 13 Jan 2017

Associated revisions

Revision 4531
Added by Robin Mills 6 months ago

#1188 set -std=c++98 for v0.26. I'll work on C++11 in v0.27. C++11 Deprecates AutoPtr, so supporting C++11 requires some effort.

#1188 Discusses CMake/C++11 in some detail. For v0.26, CMake also sets -std=c++98 r4530

Revision 4534
Added by Robin Mills 6 months ago

#1188 and #1109 Correction to r4530 and r4531 to fix cygwin build-breaker (gnu++98 required for snprintf support)


#1 Updated by Robin Mills 10 months ago

In the discussion in #1187, Taras proposed the following change to CMakeLists.txt:

OPTION( EXIV2_ENABLE_CURL          "USE Libcurl for HttpIo"                                ON  )
OPTION( EXIV2_ENABLE_SSH           "USE Libssh for SshIo"                                  ON  )

+  set(CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS "${CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS} -std=c++11 -stdlib=libc++")
+  message(STATUS "Using C++11")
+  set(CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS "${CMAKE_CXX_FLAGS} -std=c++0x -stdlib=libc++")
+  message(STATUS "Using C++0x")
+  message(STATUS "The compiler ${CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER} has no C++11 support. Please use a different C++ compiler.")

This patch says "if the compiler supports C++11, use it. I'm not sure that this is desirable. This patch doesn't enable the user to say "don't use C++11 even if it is supported".

We need to consider build and test for:
  1. C++11 support for GCC/Clang and various editions of CL (msvc)
  2. add an option for C++11 for ./configure, cmake and configure.py (msvc)
  3. build with C++11 occasionally on the buildserver (once a week or so)

This seems like very good candidate feature for v0.27. http://dev.exiv2.org/news/3

#2 Updated by T Modes 10 months ago

CMake 3.1 and later has already some support for C++11. Instead of testing on your own (and missing of msvc) have a look at CMAKE_CXX_STANDARD in CMake doc.

in CMakeLists.txt activates the support for C++11 if available by the compiler. Otherwise it will fall back to the lower C++ standard.
If you want to control the behavior wrap it into an if statement.
(Only drawback you will need to update the
But this should not be a problem as CMake is currently at 3.5.2.)

#3 Updated by Robin Mills 10 months ago

Thanks. As you know, I am not a fan of CMake and will not be working on this issue until v0.26 ships. If you'd like to contribute to this, I will be delighted to accept your help. I have no issue with setting the minimum CMake version to 3.1.

#4 Updated by Taras Kushnir 10 months ago

At least under OS X 10.10.5 it's not enough just to add


since "-stdlib=libc++" parameter will not be added to CXX_FLAGS. That was the reason I've added bunch of duplicating stuff.

#5 Updated by T Modes 10 months ago

Attached patch added a new option to CMake: EXIV2_ENABLE_CXX11.
By default it is off. When set to ON it will compile with C++11 mode of the compiler.

Concerning the OS X issue. Try first if the issue is fixed in current CMake (you did not specify your version).

#6 Updated by Taras Kushnir 10 months ago

My CMAKE version is quite recent if not the most recent.

> /Applications/CMake.app/Contents/bin/cmake --version
cmake version 3.5.2

CMake suite maintained and supported by Kitware (kitware.com/cmake).

The problem is that --stdlib can be ommited by design, while it's vital to have in compiler flags.

#7 Updated by T Modes 10 months ago

Does it help when you add
to CMake?

#8 Updated by Robin Mills 10 months ago

  • Assignee deleted (Robin Mills)

#9 Updated by Robin Mills 9 months ago

  • Assignee set to Robin Mills
  • Target version changed from 1.0 to 0.27

#10 Updated by Robin Mills 9 months ago

  • Status changed from New to Assigned

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