3Qax 3Qax - 5 months ago 32
C++ Question

CMake error when building OpenCV - CMakeLists not match

I tried to build OpenCV 3.1.0 on my Raspberry Pi 2B. Unfortunetly, when I trying:


It gave me a error :( :

CMake Error: The source "/home/pi/Downloads/opencv-3.1.0/CMakeLists.txt" does not match the source "/home/pi/Downloads/opencv-3.1.0/modules/CMakeLists.txt" used to generate cache. Re-run cmake with a different source directory.

I want to use OpenCV with C++ and Code::Bocks, which I have already installed.
I can't found any solution on internet, so I will be very happy if smb help me. :) Forgot to say I using Raspbian Jezzy.


First, I hope you do run CMake outside your sources, in a separate directory. Not doing that is really not recommended

To understand the error message you have to know a little bit on how CMake works.

Basically, when you run

cd /path/to/opencv
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

CMake generates a cache in the build dir (It's a simple file named CMakeCache.txt). This file contains some information like:

  • The path to the sources /path/to/opencv
  • The path to the build dir /path/to/opencv/build
  • The CMake Generator used (Ninja, Unix Makefiles ...)

If you ever re-run CMake and change one of these values, (by re-running cmake with different arguments, setting an other generotor or moving files), CMake will complain with this kind of message.

A good solution is then to delete the CMakeCache, or even the whole build dir to be safe.