command line c

When working with c or c++ in the command line I usually make scripts to help me with common tasks. Usually I will make a few scripts to activate different kinds of builds quickly

These scripts should be project independent so that we can re-use them in any given c/c++ project.

Note: My toolchain is cmake for builds, clang for formatting, and bash for scripting

The first step of this process is to create a scripts dir in the root of the project

We'll start with a script which moves us to the correct directory: scripts/


cmake scripts

If you're not yet familiar with cmake check out my page on it here

compiling a program

Because cmake provides a solution to a complex problem, it is highly configurable, and usually a highly configurable systems make doing simple things a little more involved, indeed this manifests itself in cmake while trying to build a simple project. Here's the breakdown

With cmake we start by generating the build system (on my machine this will create a makefile)

Next we can build the project

If we want to generate the build system and build all at once

Now that you've built your project run it

You've made some edits, and you want to build and run the program

Notice that the only parameters to these scripts were the executable name and the project directory, to complete our goal, we should store these in a file and load them in dynamically

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