[Slackbuilds-users] qt5 is sorely in need of an update

Christoph Willing chris.willing at iinet.net.au
Tue Jul 3 22:02:15 UTC 2018

On 04/07/18 06:19, B Watson wrote:
> On 7/3/18, Larry Hajali <larryhaja at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm here and I did respond if you look at this email chain.
> Sorry, haven't been following this thread until now...
>> Issue is that newer PyQt5 versions rely on a newer version of sip that
>> comes with Slackware 14.2.
> Hm. So if someone did build a newer qt5, they'd end up being able to run
> stuff written in C++ that uses it, but not Python as there'd be no way
> to build PyQt5...
> I sympathize, my zathura build and its plugins are stuck on an older
> version because they need a newer gtk3 than Slack 14.2 provides. The qt5
> situation is worse because so much software uses it (nobody's clamoring
> for zathura updates, it's an application, not a library that other
> stuff needs).
>> Last I remember someone was going to look at packaging a newer sip
>> pacakge that can either replace or run alongside the stock sip package
>> in Slackware 14.2. I don't have time to investigate this.
> I wouldn't mind taking a look at this myself. "Run alongside", not
> "replace", and maybe instead of a separate package, it could be built
> in /tmp and used by the PyQt5 build. Kinda like Pat does with libmikmod,
> in his SDL SlackBuild.
>> If the ultimate goal is to have a new version of qt5, than someone can
>> create a package called qt59 or whatever to satisfy a dependency.
> Yah, that seems like the best way, at least until 15.0 gets released
> (assuming it has a new enough sip package). I guess there'd have to also
> be a PyQt59 to go along with qt59.

Have a look at:

which talks about new releases of PyQt using a private copy of the sip
module. I haven't thought deeply into the ramifications but perhaps that
would ease the problem of old sip in 14.2.


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