[Development] Qt 5 packaging and binary renaming

Stephen Kelly stephen.kelly at kdab.com
Thu Dec 13 12:58:00 CET 2012

On Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:50:30 Timo Jyrinki wrote:
> 2012/12/12 Stephen Kelly <stephen.kelly at kdab.com>:
> >  https://launchpad.net/~canonical-qt5-edgers/+archive/qt5-proper
> o/
> > and finding that they were installing broken cmake files as a result of
> > renaming the binaries and moving the mkspecs.
> Thanks for notifying.
> > So please, whether you use the wrapper tool or not, please run the cmake
> > unit tests to ensure that you are not creating a broken situation for
> > anyone using your packages.
> > 
> > Thaigo, if that tool is a requirement for packagers, why is it not a
> > release blocker for Qt 5.0? What do you expect packagers to do?
> It seems at the moment [1] Debian would be waiting for the tool to
> arrive, which means I'd also drop the renaming/alternatives patches
> from Qt5. I've been looking at Qt5 packaging with the idea of having
> something to test for us and potentially helping Debian by
> pre-checking how Qt5 looks from packaging point of view. Fathi started
> initial packaging around beta1 time for a couple of modules, on which
> my (and Zoltan's) packaging is based.
> [1] http://bugs.debian.org/695837

Ok, thanks.

The wrapper tool does not exist yet, and Qt 5.0 might be released without it. 
That'll be something for you to deal with then. :)

Independent of the binary renaming, you do need to update the cmake file when 
you move the mkspecs. I thought there was a configure switch -datadir or so 
which could be used to set where they go. Do you use that or do you use some 
other means of moving the mkspecs?


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