[Development] A deployment tool for Linux

Łukasz Korbel lkorbel at milosolutions.com
Thu Apr 11 20:21:59 CEST 2019

Nice to know that someone prepared linuxdeployqt. Even if slow its probably
better than no tool at all as it is now. Last time on my CI I had to use
simple copy script with fixed list of libs based od readelf info. Works but
I would rather preffer to avoid repeating this :)

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On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 5:45 PM Jason H <jhihn at gmx.com> wrote:

> > 11.04.2019, 04:05, "Richard Weickelt" <richard at weickelt.de>:
> > > On 10.04.2019 23:21, Marco Bubke wrote:
> > >>  Sounds you want flatpak. ;-)
> > >
> > > All those run-time extracted application container formats might be
> nice
> > > solutions for GUI applications which is apparently the main target of
> Qt.
> > > But my observation is that they perform rather poorly when being used
> for
> > > command line applications or a combination of both.
> >
> > You can use static linking for command-line applications, or use AppImage
> > where artifact is just a single executable file which could be put
> anywhere in $PATH
> Doesn't static linking require a static Qt?
> Last time I messed with this was 1 years ago on a windows system which was
> pretty easy. I would use depends.exe and make sure the dependencies were
> next to the binary. Since then I've been mainly doing mobile apps which
> have their own packages. But once in a while I'll whip up a program for
> automation. I've lucked out that these systems are large and not Pis with
> limited storage, so I can put all of Qt on and compile it there. That's
> easiest. It was easier to just install Qt and build it on that system.
> Minimally I would like something to produce an image suitable for and
> "/opt" install. That is to me to be a structure like:
> project/
> + bin/
> + + a.out
> + libs/
> + + [list of libs, Qt | system]
> + etc/
> Given a generic binary, I would assume there's a generic tool to do this
> already? Is there a [what is the] Qt value-add?
> I tried linuxdeployqt and it made my head spin. It stats out: "You'll need
> to provide the basic structure of an AppDir which should look something
> like this:". To which I say "No" this should be done for me. QMake knows
> all the things. There is no value-add in a human doing it. It continues
> "Where your desktop file would look something like:" Again, no, generate
> one for me. If I need to adjust things, I'll do that after they are
> generated. Of this, the application icon is the only thing I might want to
> modify. The time to do all that setup is greater than installing Qt,
> checking out the source and building.
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