Thoughts on Qt

Itamar Reis Peixoto itamar at
Mon Feb 2 15:34:47 UTC 2009

this sound's very sweet for me.

thanks alot for including qt in mingw.


On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 9:57 PM, Richard W.M. Jones <rjones at> wrote:
> Inspired by a talk I listened to yesterday about Qt, I had a look at
> packaging Qt.  It's non-trivial, but here are my thoughts ..
> We need to start with the Qt-Win (open source version).  Version 4.4.3
> which I looked at is GPL, but upcoming version 4.5 will be under LGPL
> so allowing commercial development.  Nevertheless we can practice
> packaging using 4.4.3.
> Comes with a "configure.exe" program.  This needs to be run under
> Wine, so we cannot use it for cross-compilation.  Even though we have
> the source for configure.exe, that doesn't help because it has to be
> compiled for the Win32 API so would still need to be run under Wine.
> Instead, I run configure.exe by hand, and capture the files created &
> modified in a patch.
> Uses a custom build system, qmake, and of course qmake doesn't fully
> understand cross-compilation.  Ugh!  We can run the native qmake (from
> qt-devel package) with the -win32 option, which is promising but it
> generates and tests files with \ in the names.  I'm still working on
> this.
> This page is a little bit useful:
> You can find the initial work on this in the Mercurial repo, but don't
> expect anything usable at the moment.
> Rich.
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