[Development] Online installer no longer lets users choose between Qt 5.3.0 and Qt 5.3.1

Koehne Kai Kai.Koehne at digia.com
Thu Jul 3 12:35:30 CEST 2014

> -----Original Message-----
> From: development-bounces+kai.koehne=digia.com at qt-project.org
> On Thursday 03 July 2014 10:48:46 Sze Howe Koh wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > A user has discovered that the online installer only gives a "Qt 5.3"
> > option [1], which doesn't let us install Qt 5.3.0 instead of Qt 5.3.1.

Yes, that's right. Since Qt 5.3 we ship patch level releases of Qt as package updates. The idea is to make it more convenient for most users: They can just run a MaintenanceTool -> Update and be done, instead of having to manually selecting/deselecting the component in the installer, adjust their project to a new kit etc. Another side effect is that it mitigates the explosion of packages in the repository somewhat.

> > This is important, for example, when there is a regression in Qt 5.3.1 [2].
> >
> > Is there a way to get Qt 5.3.0 through the online installer? Can the
> > ability to choose between patch releases be restored please? (In
> > contrast, we can choose between Qt 5.2.1 and Qt 5.2.0)

There's no way so far. You have to download the offline installer for 5.3.0, or compile yourself.

> The files are there for 5.3.0, but the .xml file only lists 5.3.1.
> http://download.qt-
> project.org/online/qtsdkrepository/linux_x64/desktop/qt5_53/Updates.xml
> http://download.qt-
> project.org/online/qtsdkrepository/linux_x64/desktop/qt5_53/qt.53.gcc_64
> /

Right, the files are still there. But to allow parallel installation (which is probably what you want if you e.g. are after regression testing) we'd need to repackage the old Qt 5.3.0 binaries , giving it a new installation path, changing Qt Creator kit / Qt version id's , names ...

It's certainly possible, but I'm not sure whether it's really worth it, given that we still have offline installers.



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