[blfs-dev] Missleading text in QT4

Thomas Trepl thomas at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Dec 5 13:29:35 PST 2013

Am Mittwoch, 4. Dezember 2013, 15:56:15 schrieb Bruce Dubbs:
> Thomas Trepl wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > There is a sentence
> > 
> > "If also installing Qt5 into /usr, symlink the Qt4 executables into
> > /usr/bin by running the following commands as the root user: "
> > 
> > followed by the instruction to create symlinks. I find that a bit
> > missleading as it sounds like the symlinks are not required if I do not
> > go to install Qt5. Do you read that in that way also?
> > 
> > I think that the author want to point out that the suffix "-qt4" is
> > required when installing Qt5 because the binaries would be overwritten
> > than. But the symlinks to /usr/bin (with or without the suffix) are
> > required anyhow.
> No matter how you phrase it, loading both Qt4 and Qt5 into /usr/bin is a
> kludge.  There are programs with identical names but different
> functionality in both versions.  The better way, IMO, is to install both
> in separate directories and just manipulate PATH to select the one you want.
> Note that this does not apply to running applications as there is no
> naming collision with the library names.
>    -- Bruce

I totally agree.  My point was that the text suggests (at least to me) that 
the creation of the symlinks is not required when not going to install QT5. 
Thats not true, they need to be created anyway.
When leaving out the symlink creation, the binaries cannot be found because 
they are only in /usr/lib/qt4/bin but this dir is not in $PATH.


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