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Bug 1386 - Eigen3Config.cmake does not register correct file in CMake User Package registry
Summary: Eigen3Config.cmake does not register correct file in CMake User Package registry
Alias: None
Product: Eigen
Classification: Unclassified
Component: General (show other bugs)
Version: 3.3 (current stable)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal Unknown
Assignee: Nobody
Depends on:
Reported: 2017-01-30 12:39 UTC by Dominic Kempf
Modified: 2019-12-04 16:46 UTC (History)
5 users (show)


Description Dominic Kempf 2017-01-30 12:39:38 UTC
Eigen3 makes use of the cmake user package registry through the cmake command "export(PACKAGE ...)". This command registers the Eigen3Config.cmake from *the build tree*. However, the relative paths currently used in this config file are designed to be correct within *the installation tree structure*. This results in CMake finding Eigen3 form downstream packages, but use incorrect include paths.

Note, that the behaviour was explicitly changed to relative paths in #1347.
Comment 1 Gael Guennebaud 2017-01-30 14:21:27 UTC
Some bits of discussions there:
Comment 2 Chris Dembia 2017-02-13 16:57:10 UTC
I will try to submit a PR on bitbucket to address this bug. Here is what I said in an email to

I believe the issue is that the build directory has an Eigen3Config.cmake file in it; the configured file in the build directory should be named something else so that CMake does not pick it up. For example, in my project, we name the configured build-directory file “OpenSimConfigToInstall.cmake”: This resolved the issue for us.
Comment 3 Christoph Hertzberg 2018-04-17 13:52:03 UTC
I recently ran into this as well, when a library used
  find_package(Eigen3 3.0.5 QUIET CONFIG)
and accidentally picked up a local Eigen3Config.cmake from a version which had some experimental (not yet working) changes.

In my eyes this PR is good:

But I'm not really a CMake expert, so I have no idea, whether one should or should not do:
  export (PACKAGE Eigen3)
Comment 4 Nobody 2019-12-04 16:46:20 UTC
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