Fwd: Re: [PyKDE] Still fighting to have PyQt working

Boudewijn Rempt boud at valdyas.org
Sun Nov 18 19:24:24 GMT 2001

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Donovan still can't send mail - Torsten, can you find out why?

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Subject: Re: [PyKDE] Still fighting to have PyQt working
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 12:30:26 -0500 (EST)
From: Donovan Rebbechi <elflord at panix.com>
To: Luca Fini <lfini at arcetri.astro.it>
Cc: Boudewijn Rempt <boud at valdyas.org>

[ I'd appreciate it if one of you could forward to the list, my posts get
bounced because the MTA thinks I'm a "spammer"]

> Many thanks for your patience.
> I'm not sure I like the "all source" solution you suggest.

I'm running RH 7.2 and I haven't had any problems. Here's my setup:

Qt 2.3.1-5

I'm using PyQt/sip 3.0pre7 (compiled from source)

The python package can be downloaded from rpmfind.net.  I've got the "Raw
hide" version.

I suggest you use the same python and Qt packages I'm using, and compile
PyQt and sip from the sources. Worked like charm for me.

> My problem is actually to evaluate the best GUI building package to choose
> for a new software project. I've experimented a bit with Tkinter, but then
> reading around I got the opinion that PyQt was a good alternative. Now I
> know that Tkinter has at least one advantage: it is well integrated in
> standard python distributions and comes whit them already working. This
> may be not a key issue for a big project where you have manpower to do
> also some installation and "software tuning" work, but it is an issue. The
> fact that PyQt is not so easy to set up might indicate a stage of
> development not yet very stable.

The immediate problem is that PyQt isn't much good to you unless you can
get it working on your own system. I hope your luck improves.

Another issue is that your software project is new, so the current state
of affairs is less important than the anticipated state of affairs when
you're releasing. IOW, if PyQT is still maturing, that's not a problem as
long as it's stable and properly packaged when you're shipping.

That the distributors are shipping PyQt and sip is a good sign, because it
means that the distributors are prepared to take care of the packaging
so that you can focus on writing software.

sip and PyQt are still in a beta phase in my less than authoritative
opinion (any dev tool without documentation is beta software) while
Tkinter is well established and supported.  But Qt is a much nicer
toolkit than Tk (again, IMO).

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