[feature] Provide Config Files and Imported Targets for CMake.
Posted by: Haowei Hsu
Date: November 02, 2022 02:55AM

It is an upcoming trend to link libraries with an IMPORTED library targets when using CMake.
However, according to my observation, MySQL-Connector/C (libmysqlclient) doesn't prepare a Config Files for find_package().
Therefore, some projects or users may need to design their own Module Files called "FindMySQL.cmake" as an alternative solution.

The followings are the "FindMySQL.cmake" that I found:

- SOCI: https://github.com/SOCI/soci/blob/master/cmake/modules/FindMySQL.cmake
- VTK: https://github.com/Kitware/VTK/blob/master/CMake/FindMySQL.cmake
- Debian: https://sources.debian.org/src/mysql-connector-c%2B%2B/1.1.12-4/FindMySQL.cmake/
- kexi: https://github.com/KDE/kexi/blob/master/cmake/modules/FindMySQL.cmake
- poco: https://github.com/pocoproject/poco/blob/master/cmake/FindMySQL.cmake
- sqlpp11: https://github.com/rbock/sqlpp11/blob/main/cmake/FindMySQL.cmake

However, their IMPORTED library targets differ, and some of them doesn't even define it. For example:

- MySQL::MySQL
- MySQL::client

I hope MySQL can provide an official Config Files, for example "MySQLConfig.cmake",
and then define an official IMPORTED library target for MySQL-Connector/C (libmysqlclient)

BTW, I noticed that there is a comment noted in MySQL-Connector/C++ project.

- Link: https://github.com/mysql/mysql-connector-cpp/blob/8.0.31/jdbc/CMakeLists.txt#L139
- Comment: Arrange for MySQL::client to refer to the static library

Does it mean that MySQL official is preparing to do so and already decided to name its official IMPORTED target name as "MySQL::client"?

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