Linux – How to use CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX

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I want to generate Makefile with install target, making installation to /usr instead of default /usr/local. Assuming that build directory is done in the source subdirectory, I execute:

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr ..

CMakeCache.txt contains: CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX:PATH=/usr (OK?)

Now I execute:

make
make install

All files are still installed to usr/local. What is wrong?

Edit:
There is no CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX in any of CMakeLists.txt project files.
Before running cmake, I delete everything from the output directory.
install directives in CMakeLists.txt look like:

install(TARGETS mylibrary DESTINATION lib)

Best Solution

That should be (see the docs):

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..