April 14, 2012

Rebell Rebell
Lab Rat
6 posts

Qt Installer Framework tutorial not working


Hi. I recently found the Qt installer framework and a tutorial ( http://doc.qt.nokia.com/qtifw-1.2/ifw-tutorial.html ).
But it doesn’t work for me. When I try to run:

  1. cd examples/tutorial
  2. ../../bin/binarycreator -c config/config.xml -p packages YourInstaller com.vendor.product

The program prints

  1. Error: You are using an old syntax please add the component name with the include option

Another question: How to install the framework? “make install” doesn’t install to /usr/bin or /usr/lib, I copied manually.

7 replies

April 27, 2012

Rebell Rebell
Lab Rat
6 posts

The syntax has changed:

  1. ../../bin/binarycreator -c config/config.xml -p packages/ YourInstaller --include com.vendor.product

You should first generate the translation files.

  1. cd packages/com.vendor.product/meta
  2. lrelease de_de.ts

June 1, 2012

alexleutgoeb alexleutgoeb
Lab Rat
43 posts

I’ve overcome this problem by building the installer as a static library (adding “CONFIG += staticlib” to the pro file), however my installers all crash right after the start on Mac (both with a static and shared installer lib), here’s the stacktrace:

  1. Thread 0 Crashed:: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
  2. 0   libsystem_kernel.dylib         0x00007fff8fe1dce2 __pthread_kill + 10
  3. 1   libsystem_c.dylib              0x00007fff992297d2 pthread_kill + 95
  4. 2   libsystem_c.dylib              0x00007fff9921aa7a abort + 143
  5. 3   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x0000000100817725 qt_message_output(QtMsgType, char const*) + 149
  6. 4   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x00000001008178dd _ZL10qt_message9QtMsgTypePKcP13__va_list_tag + 381
  7. 5   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x0000000100817afd qFatal(char const*, ...) + 141
  8. 6   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x0000000100196c0a qt_init(QApplicationPrivate*, int) + 2218
  9. 7   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x00000001001f8006 QApplicationPrivate::construct() + 182
  10. 8   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x00000001001f8dfd QApplication::QApplication(int&, char**, int) + 95
  11. 9   com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x000000010000c96f MyApplication::MyApplication(int&, char**) + 25
  12. 10  com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x0000000100005729 main + 2409
  13. 11  com.yourcompany.installerbase  0x0000000100004d94 start + 52

Anyone with a hint what’s going wrong?


June 1, 2012

alexleutgoeb alexleutgoeb
Lab Rat
43 posts

Ok, I found out that the qt_menu.nib file is missing, however after I copied it manually in the Resources dir of the installer app bundle it’s still crashing:

  1. QCoreApplication::applicationFilePath: Please instantiate the QApplication object first
  2. Error-Exception: "Could not open binary : No file name specified"
  3. Could not open binary : No file name specified

So I guess the installer framework is quite broken for Mac OS X :-/

June 1, 2012

sierdzio sierdzio
Area 51 Engineer
5264 posts

Just a random thought, as I do not know QFiW. But there is a nice tool for creating app bundles on Mac: macdeployqt. It makes self-contained packages (including copying qt_menu.nig automatically).



June 3, 2012

alexleutgoeb alexleutgoeb
Lab Rat
43 posts

Thanks for the hint sierdzio, in my case I really need the installer (for deploying my own custom library and not a single application) for all three platforms, so the deploy tool is no solution for me.

I currently “re-use” the Qt Maintenance tool which is working fine at the moment, so I don’t need to compile the ifq on my own.

September 27, 2012

tjenssen tjenssen
Lab Rat
21 posts

As the maintainer of the installer framework I like to know if there is something broken. PLEASE create bugreports: https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTIFW .

And a crash is a blogger so choose P0 if you still can reproduce it with master.

October 1, 2012

alexleutgoeb alexleutgoeb
Lab Rat
43 posts

Thanks for the hint to the bug tracker, after some investigation it turned out that this is a general Qt bug, involving static building of the Qt libraries itself: https://bugreports.qt-project.org/browse/QTBUG-5952

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