The libgtest-dev package seems only install header files to the system, but not the static and dynamic libraries which should be installed under /usr/lib.
Is it a bug?
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Is it a bug?
No, it's deliberate:
gtest (1.6.0-1ubuntu2) precise; urgency=low * Stop distributing static library (although still build it, to ensure gtest works). Upstream recommends against shipping the libary at all, just the source. (See: http://code.google.com/p/googletest/wiki/FAQ) The Debian maintainer plans to do this also (see BTS: 639795); do it in Ubuntu now to fulfil MIR requirements.
cd /usr/src/gtest sudo cmake . sudo make sudo mv libg* /usr/lib/
The names have changed slightly over the years, though the process remains the same. In Ubuntu 17.04:
sudo apt-get install libgtest-dev cd /usr/src/googletest/googletest sudo mkdir build cd build sudo cmake .. sudo make sudo cp libgtest* /usr/lib/ cd .. sudo rm -rf build
Note that the recommended way by google is to have your existing project pull the gtest source code in.
Alternatively, when using with CMake, you can use
add_subdirectory to add the gtest source that came with
libgtest-dev since it by default goes into
The following will work
add_subdirectory(/usr/src/googletest gtest) target_link_libraries(your_executable gtest)