[Interest] Building qt4 on mac with -no-webkit

Tony Rietwyk tony at rightsoft.com.au
Sat Apr 20 08:00:47 CEST 2013

Hacking the assistant.pro file to comment out relevant lines using
contains(QT_CONFIG, webkit), and adding: 

	defines += QT_NO_WEBKIT

then running the normal Qt configure and make seems to work well.  otool
confirms that Assistant is not using webkit. 

I'm still curious about the rationale for the -no-webkit configure option
only being for Windows though! 


> Sent: Saturday, 20 April 2013 2:17 PM
> Hi Everybody,
> It seems this is not possible,  -no-webkit is marked as Windows only in
> configure options docs,  why is that?  If Qt was smart enough to link to
> system webkit on Mac, it might make sense, but that doesn't happen.
> I would like to distribute my app via the Apple app store without
> and with qtassistant using QTextBrowser.  This combination works well on
> Windows, yet QtAssistant will not build if -no-webkit is specified on the
> configure line on Mac.  I have also tried running configure as normal,
> defining QT_NO_WEBKIT, and re-running the assistant makefile with -B.  The
> assistant runs but still uses webkit.  I can tell that since our help css
has first-
> child selectors in it, and they are working on Mac, but on Windows
> QTextBrowser ignores them.
> As a last resort, I could hack the supplied the assistant.pro to force it
to use
> QTextBrowser.
> I am using Qt 4.8.4, and gcc shows i686-apple-darwin11-llvm-gcc-4.2 on OSX
> 10.7.5.
> Thanks for any suggestions!
> Tony

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