Do any specific tools exist for managing libraries and dependencies for cross-compiling C/C++ projects?

For example, when compiling for a desktop Linux target, one can easily manage libraries and dependencies via apt-get, yum, pacman, emerge, etc, depending on the Linux distribution.

But when cross-compiling (say to an ARM target or even to mingw64, with 3rd-party libraries like ICU, Boost, Qt, SQLite, etc, which have a dependency graph between each other), are there any standard tools to do a similar job?

Currently, I use home-brewed build scripts driven by custom Makefiles along with stow which I run via inside a Virtualbox VM driven by Vagrant for setup. While this works and isn't as terrible as compiling lots of things by hand, I have a hard time believing that is really state-of-the-art, yet I've had no luck finding anything even discussing anything like this online.

  • I'm not sure you can easily manage the libraries and dependencies you need for_cross_compiling with apt-get, yum etc. Even if it's, say, compiling for a Fedora target on a Debian-based development box.
    – einpoklum
    Feb 1, 2016 at 17:47

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Try using Cmake it might be useful for you


it manages the build process of Makefiles [that presently you write by hand] on different platforms ... you can simulate the


script for using different tools on different platforms if some are not available on that platform

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