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Re: Possible package...




On Sep 11, 2009, at 7:03 PM, Kevin Kofler wrote:

Ben Boeckel wrote:
Looking through the code, it looks like the #ifndef stuff for
things called "extensive hacks" could cause some issues, but
that's a cursory glance at it. I'm also not sure what to make of
the patches for Qt in its repository. If they're serious
patches, they should clone Qt on Gitorious and create merge
requests. Fedora's Qt probably won't ship with them without some
oversight that they aren't breaking things.

At least part of their patches look like really awful hacks, e.g. they're making some of QtGui work without X11 to support their stuff being used in text mode despite using QtWebKit (which is normally a GUI component). Some
of the patches also appear to break ABI compatibility.

This really needs to be made to work with unmodified upstream Qt (even if it
means requiring an active X11 session). Some of the patches might be
upstreamable, with or without additional required fixes (like maintaining
binary compatibility), but others are just plain "no go"s.


Yeah, I saw their patches, but didn't look at any of the actual code. Since I know you are an avid KDE/Qt consumer, perhaps I can ask you for some information about this program and if a better way to accomplish what it is doing exists.

I write web apps, often I want to provide a pdf output of the nicely designed / styled html. This becomes difficult because I'm writing from the webserver's perspective, not a browser/rendering engine. This solves the problem very nicely for me in that it lets a rendering engine have a go at the html and then outputs the pdf. It works wonderfully in my tests. Obviously they are using the webkit/qt bindings to do this. Would there be a way to use those without the qt hacks they are introducing?

If so I don't mind getting my hands dirty to look, my C/C++ skills are a bit rusty but I've always enjoyed it, and this is an itch I've been trying to scratch for a couple years now. So would feel great if it could be solved and become part of fedora.


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