[Qt-creator] Is there a way to load qtcreator plugins 'manually'?

Wargand wargand at gmx.de
Fri Jun 21 11:43:11 CEST 2013

Hi, Eike. I have to have versioning anyways. So this is no extra effort. Personally I'd like to have as few executables, which all must be maintained, as possible. Doing the renaming/deleting stuff looks easier for me. One executable, no different treatment for Linux and Windows. Of course, your proposal also has its advantages. Which one is finally implemented, will be decided by my customer.

Ziller Eike <Eike.Ziller at digia.com> wrote:

>On 20.06.2013, at 20:30, Guido Seifert <wargand at gmx.de> wrote:
>>> Would it work to download the plugin to a different filename
>>> (versioned, perhaps) and then inform Creator to load THAT plugin on
>>> next startup? The new version could then remove the old one after
>>> confirming success.
>> That is exactly what I try to do atm. Sort of. Versioning in
>filename. Deleting pluginspec of the old plugin. Then it shouldn't be
>loaded on restart and I can delete the old dll.
>> Still not a perfect solution. Would be nicer to be able to load and
>unload plugins. Though
>> I guess due to possible dependencies this could me much harder work
>than such a rare use case is worth it.
>Supporting unloading / loading plugins after startup would require the
>whole of Qt Creator to be prepared for that. Most parts of Qt Creator
>initializes only once, and then expects everything to stay. Doing
>plugin changes at runtime would mean graceful (+ sensible) handling of
>e.g. removing/adding modes, shortcuts, menus, find/locator filters,
>navigation widgets, editor types (editors of that type might be open)
>etc etc
>IMO definitely not worth the effort.
>Why not:
>1) download your updated plugin to a temporary location
>2) start (detached) a small external helper executable that
>2.1) shuts down Qt Creator ("gracefully")
>2.2) copies the updated plugin to the right place in Qt Creator
>2.3) restarts Qt Creator again (detached)
>2.4) shuts itself down
>You might need to gain admin rights for 2.2 in any case btw.
>Works cross-platform.
>No useless renaming of the plugin needed. Which, btw, would break
>plugins that depend on that plugin, because it would require the plugin
>*name* to change too. (Plugin name determines library name.)
>That is basically what the Qt installer framework in combination with
>the UpdateInfo plugin does.
>Br, Eike
>Eike Ziller, Senior Software Engineer - Digia, Qt
>Digia Germany GmbH, Rudower Chaussee 13, D-12489 Berlin
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