[Qbs] Future of Qbs

Christian Kandeler Christian.Kandeler at qt.io
Wed Oct 31 11:09:22 CET 2018

On Wed, 31 Oct 2018 06:51:43 +0100
Richard Weickelt <richard at weickelt.de> wrote:

> It would be great if the TQtC could clarify what is planned for the next
> feature release and why. 

That's easy: The release will simply contain everything that has been done since 1.12, i.e. all patches that have already landed in master and some that are almost finished (plus possible community contributions). The most noteworthy improvements will be job pools and proper Android support for Qt apps.

> - How does the release process of Qbs work?

It's not particularly involved. Source packages are created with git,
the Windows binaries (including the chocolatey package) are built by
qbs itself. There is a public docker image that automates this task;
see https://doc.qt.io/qbs/building-qbs.html#building-release-packages.

> - Are there parts in the codebase that make maintenance difficult and
>   that could be simplified?

The module loader, which does the low-level part of resolving a project, is very complicated and brittle. Changes in that area typically pose the biggest challenge. The rest of the code, while not necessarily trivial, can be touched without fear of losing one's sanity.

> Maybe parts duplicating Qt code that should
>   be rebased onto Vanilla Qt?

Why would there be?


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