Opened 22 months ago

Last modified 2 months ago

#53886 new submission

submission: port:qt5-kde

Reported by: RJVB (René Bertin) Owned by:
Priority: Normal Milestone:
Component: ports Version:
Keywords: Cc: mkae (Marko Käning), mojca (Mojca Miklavec), MarcusCalhoun-Lopez (Marcus Calhoun-Lopez), pixilla (Bradley Giesbrecht), yan12125 (Chih-Hsuan Yen), jjstickel (Jonathan Stickel)
Port: qt5-kde


New spring, new ticket: I'm continuing the previous qt5-kde submission here, the old one (#48967) was getting too long.

port:qt5-qtbase & family are now at Qt 5.7.1, which is already obsolete: Qt 5.8.0 has been out and running on my systems for a few weeks now (in the form of "devel" version of the attached port:qt5-kde).

qt5-kde is still a Qt5 port that aims to make feature-full KF5 ports possible but that will work as a drop-in replacement for port:qt5-qtbase & family (drop-in to qt5-kde, in principle not back to port:qt5-qtbase as long as that standard Qt5 port remains at Qt 5.7). It also provides a qt5-kde-x11 subport which makes it possible to run Qt applications on remote X11 displays or use a Qt-based X11 terminal emulator (like Konsole5).

Given the number of patchfiles I'll continue to upload tarballs of the port directory; the port and its evolution can also be inspected on github:

Please also note #53777 and #53778 for suggested (desired!) changes to the Qt5 PortGroups, allowing co-existence of the ports.

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Changed 22 months ago by RJVB (René Bertin)

Attachment: qt5-kde.tar.bz2 added

comment:1 Changed 22 months ago by RJVB (René Bertin)

FWIW, Qt 5.7.1 has a number of known issues (e.g. with shortcuts) that have mostly been resolved in Qt 5.8.0; qt5-kde has patches (upstream or personal) for all 5.8.0 issues that I am aware of.

comment:2 Changed 7 months ago by yan12125 (Chih-Hsuan Yen)

For easier cross-reference in the future, I added this ticket to

comment:3 Changed 7 months ago by yan12125 (Chih-Hsuan Yen)

Cc: yan12125 added

comment:4 Changed 7 months ago by yan12125 (Chih-Hsuan Yen)

A relevant Qt bug report:, aiming supporting XDG-compliant standard paths for Qt on macOS.

comment:5 Changed 7 months ago by RJVB (René Bertin)

I appreciate your interest. I thought I already added such a link to the wiki, along with instructions how to install my KF5 ports by adding a custom ports tree.

That's probably how far we'll get, since my co-maintainer disappeared.

comment:6 Changed 2 months ago by jjstickel (Jonathan Stickel)

Cc: jjstickel added

comment:7 Changed 2 months ago by jjstickel (Jonathan Stickel)

@RJVB, I'd really like to see KDE-5 (frameworks, or whatever it's called) on Macports master. KDE-4's obsolescence is showing. Some problems have workarounds, like those discussed on #57332. Other problems cannot be fixed. For example, some graphics packages no longer work because libkdcraw is not longer compatible with recent libraw (#56889).

How can I help? I have limited time but could do a little, especially testing. FWIW, Homebrew has KDE-Frameworks ( I can try your ports tree, but I don't see that as a good solution except for power users.

comment:8 Changed 2 months ago by mojca (Mojca Miklavec)

I cannot answer from René's perspective, but to us the biggest help would be submitting a set of clean pull requests (ideally with sufficient testing, but as long as the basics work, that's already a lot). Then Perry will make sure that someone reviews them (and will keep pestering everyone until the changes get cleaned up to sufficient extent to be ready for merging).

comment:9 Changed 2 months ago by RJVB (René Bertin)

See, and that's just a dance I don't feel like dancing, not anymore, and not without commit rights myself. My Qt5 + KF5 tree has become, if I may say so, a monumental effort, it's written and works exactly the way I want it (esp. the KF5 ports, the qt5-kde port is a bit less clean). I don't want to have to justify and defend each and every way of doing things that looks as if it's non standard, each and every patch that isn't clearly addressing something needed for MacPorts and not suitable for upstreaming.

Note that there is a second repository, once maintained my Marko Känig which contains only the ports required for KF5 and which I keep up-to-date (when I think of it).

Evidently the goal used to be to incorporate these ports, one by one, before there were so many. I feel like that train has passed (several, even).

I can try your ports tree, but I don't see that as a good solution except for power users.

Recently I assisted someone who I think is the exact opposite of a power user. It was a bit of a trial and error procedure but in the end it worked for her (and my install instructions are better). I have been toying with the idea of writing a sort of installer but that's never been something with a high priority.

What also factors into this is the fact that I will almost certainly not replace my current Mac with another when it dies...

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