Support of Compilation Databases

Milian Wolff mail at
Tue Oct 23 09:15:23 BST 2018

On Montag, 22. Oktober 2018 21:33:28 CEST Toni Dietze wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a project with an involved build system and was quite happy to
> read that kdevelop supports compilation databases [1]. However, I was
> not able to find out how to convince kdevelop to use my compilation
> database. I have two questions:
> 1. If I have a cmake project with enabled
> CMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS, how do I notice that kdevelop actually
> uses the generated compilation database?

Since some time, we prefer the cmake server mode over the compilation 
database. Generally, you shouldn't need to enable 
CMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS yourself - just open a cmake project in KDevelop 
and everything should be handled automatically for you.

> 2. Is it possible to load an arbitrary compilation database as
> a project? This would be a great feature. It would already be helpful
> if the code is only opened read-only just for browsing.

Yes, that's indeed a good idea. But so far, it's not implemented from what I 
can remember. Adding such a feature to the custom buildsystem project manager 
would be a welcome addition!


> [1]

Milian Wolff
mail at
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