[Buildroot] Making the Qt5 packaging compatible with per-package folder

Peter Seiderer ps.report at gmx.net
Fri Dec 7 20:50:29 UTC 2018

Hello Thomas,

On Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:18:45 +0100, Thomas Petazzoni <thomas.petazzoni at bootlin.com> wrote:

> Peter, Gaël,
> I don't know if you have followed the discussion, but I recently sent a
> new iteration of the per-package folder series [1], which allows to
> support top-level parallel build.
> One issue is that the Qt5 packaging as done today in Buildroot is not
> compatible with per-package folders.
> If you remember well, the installation of each Qt5 module works like
> this:
>  - Staging installation
>    Just "make install". No DESTDIR or INSTALL_ROOT is passed, because
>    the installation path is hardcoded in qmake itself. "make install"
>    will install stuff to both $(HOST_DIR) and $(STAGING_DIR).
>  - Target installation
>    We manually copy the shared libraries, QML files, fonts, and other
>    stuff. This is already annoying to maintain today, because we
>    sometimes forget to install something that is important, we need to
>    handle the LTS/latest Qt5 version difference, etc. It would be a lot
>    less maintenance if we could use "make install" also for the target
>    installation.
> Even if the current packaging is not ideal, it worked fine. But it
> breaks badly with per-package folders. As explained above, the paths in
> qmake are hardcoded. So when you do "make install" in qt5location for
> example, it ends up being installed in the per-package folder of
> qt5base (both HOST_DIR and STAGING_DIR), as it's the qt5base
> HOST_DIR/STAGING_DIR that are hardcoded inside the qmake binary.
> I tried to fix this issue, but for the moment, I haven't found a
> solution. I first tried to use the -extprefix ./configure option, but
> it didn't behave as we needed. Then I tried to do some manual
> replacement in the Qt5 Makefiles after they have been generated (like
> OpenEmbedded is doing), but they unfortunately get re-generated because
> we tweak the .prl files from Qt5, and the Qt5 Makefiles regenerates the
> Mkaefiles if they are older than the .prl files.
> The current status of my experiment is visible at
> https://git.bootlin.com/users/thomas-petazzoni/buildroot/commit/?h=ppsh-qt5&id=676d26ab1ca3d8f8ee5788dbc06f4e0703188bf1,
> with a very long commit that explains the problem, and what was tried
> so far. At this point, I am considering cheating on the date of
> the .prl file to avoid the Makefiles from being re-generated, but this
> is really a hack on top of what is already a hack.
> Do you have some other ideas to solve this ? Can we fix qmake to do the
> right thing ?

Or with the following (hack?) at the build directory (/home/seiderer/Work/Buildroot/build-per-package-qt5-001):

	$ mkdir -p mkdir -p qt_install/home/seiderer/Work/Buildroot/build-per-package-qt5-001/host/arm-buildroot-linux-gnueabihf
	$ ln -s /home/seiderer/Work/Buildroot/build-per-package-qt5-001/target qt_install/home/seiderer/Work/Buildroot/build-per-package-qt5-001/host/arm-buildroot-linux-gnueabihf/sysroot

Now build/install qt5base with the following changes

diff --git a/package/qt5/qt5base/qt5base.mk b/package/qt5/qt5base/qt5base.mk
index 98297d87db..d59265d0b6 100644
--- a/package/qt5/qt5base/qt5base.mk
+++ b/package/qt5/qt5base/qt5base.mk
@@ -364,10 +364,7 @@ define QT5BASE_INSTALL_TARGET_CMDS
+       $(TARGET_MAKE_ENV) $(MAKE) -C $(@D) install INSTALL_ROOT=/home/seiderer/Work/Buildroot/build-per-package-qt5-001/qt_install

Or maybe use an relative INSTALL_ROOT=../../../../../../../target path (untested)?


> Thanks a lot for your help,
> Thomas
> [1] http://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/buildroot/list/?series=75909

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