[QBS] Questions about QBS best practices

Tobias Hunger tobias.hunger at gmail.com
Thu Jun 13 16:40:26 CEST 2013

Hi Vladimir,

you might want to update your creator to a copy from today: You will
find support for Qbs properties in the Qbs build step then.

I had a bug report for that, so implementing this was a bug fix and
definitely not a new feature. I am sure everybody here will agree:)

Best Regards,

2013/6/13 Smirnov Vladimir <mapron at yandex.ru>:
> Greetings, i have some questions about how to use QBS correctly in large
> projects.
> First, i describe my use cases and how i've solved  problems.
> We have a couple of projects, with some intersections between them.
> Some projects written in Pascal, few in C and most  in C++ (with Qt
> framework).
> We have pascal project that compiles in activeX component, which then
> have a Dumpcpp-codegen. (included in some libraries).
> We have come C++ static libraries, that depends on components with
> absolute paths.
> Also we have dependencies on C++ libraries such as Boost, Loki, QWT,
> which is placed differently on every developer machine (not so good
> system integration, even disk drives with repositories and their paths
> differs).
> How did all that crap worked before?
> -Visual studio builds: *.user files, where all inc, lib path were placed
> plus destination directory.
> -Qmake builds: custom .pri file(s) with QMAKE_LIBS, DESTDIR and
> INCLUDEPATH directives.
> How did i tried solve with QBS?
> I had created modules : one lib module (e.g. boost) for each lib
> dependency. All path became properties of module. Then i created config
> variables (about dozen) for all these settings, which are updating with
> win batch file (developer creates copy of *.dist instance in SVN).
> So, after that manipulations all seems to work, but... when i started to
> test Qt Creator, I've notived that there no way to build with custom
> profile. Furthermore, there no way to set my own settings in generated
> profiles - they all refreshed before each build (is it a bug? i belive
> not).
> Main question: what is a correct way to setup all that absolute paths
> dependencies on each developer machine?
> Sub-question: if i use configure probes (they are still unstable, aren't
> they?), saved configuration will stored with project, or in global
> configuration? Won't that config be lost (in QtC generated profiles)?
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