Manual package creation and testing¶
The previous create approach using test_package subfolder, is not strictly necessary, though very strongly recommended. If we didn’t want to use the test_package functionality, we could just write our recipe ourselves or use the conan new command without the -t. command line argument.
$ mkdir mypkg && cd mypkg $ conan new Hello/0.1
This will create just the conanfile.py recipe file. Now we could create our package:
$ conan create . demo/testing
This would be equivalent to:
$ conan export . demo/testing $ conan install Hello/0.1@demo/testing --build=Hello
Once the package is there, it can be consumed like any other package, just add
Hello/0.1@demo/testing to some project conanfile.txt or conanfile.py requirements and run:
$ conan install . # build and run your project to ensure the package works
The package creation process¶
It is very useful for package creators and conan users in general to understand the flow of package creation inside the conan local cache, and its layout.
For every package recipe, there are 5 important folders in the local cache:
- export: The folder where the package recipe is stored.
- export_source: The folder where code copied with the recipe
exports_sourcesattribute is stored.
- source: Where the source code for building from sources is stored.
- build: Where the actual compilation of sources is done. There will typically be one subfolder for each different binary configuration
- package: Where the final package artifacts are stored. There will be one subfolder for each different binary configuration
The source and build folders only exist when the packages have been built from sources.
The process starts when a package is “exported”, via the conan export command or more
typically, with the conan create command. The conanfile.py and files specified by the
exports_sources field are copied from the user space into the local cache.
The export and export_source files are copied to the source folder, and then the
method is executed (if existing). Note that there is only one source folder for all the binary
packages. If some source code is to be generated that will be different for different
configurations, it cannot be generated in the
source() method, it has to be done in the
Then, for each different configuration of settings and options, a package ID will be computed in the
form of a SHA-1 hash of such configuration. Sources will be copied to the build/hashXXX folder,
build() method will be triggered.
After that, the
package() method will be called to copy artifacts from the build/hashXXX
folder to the package/hashXXX folder.
package_info() methods of all dependencies will be called and gathered to be able
to generate files for the consumer build system, as the conanbuildinfo.cmake for the
generator. Also the
imports feature will copy artifacts from the local cache into user space if