[PyKDE] PyQt4 installation issue

Phil Thompson phil at riverbankcomputing.co.uk
Sun Oct 15 11:16:47 BST 2006

On Sunday 15 October 2006 9:36 am, Detlev Offenbach wrote:
> On Saturday 14 October 2006 20:24, Phil Thompson wrote:
> > On Saturday 14 October 2006 6:17 pm, Detlev Offenbach wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > the latest snapshot of PyQt4 creates an API file for QScintilla.
> > > However, this file is not installed by "make install". For Linux I
> > > propose to put it in "/usr/share/QScintilla". Furthermore, the
> > > configure script should get an option to specify the installation path
> > > for the API file.
> > >
> > > -a dir  where the PyQt4 .api file will be installed
> > > [default /usr/share/QScintilla]
> >
> > I haven't decided yet how this should be handled. For example I might
> > create a Scintilla subdirectory in $QTDIR with lexer specific
> > subdirectories in that - and maybe autoload any API files found there.
> Please no automatism. Give the user the chance to decide, if he wants to
> have autocompletion and calltips. If decides against it, it is not
> neccessary to load the API files. If you introduce a global API storage
> area, you must include provisions for a per user API storage area as well.
> > Or
> > maybe have an configurable API path that is searched.
> One per lexer type?
> What should happen, if a user just wants to load a subset of the API files
> available for a specific lexer (e.g. for Python there might be a python.api
> and PyQt4.api; the user just wants to use the later one). With the current
> API solution, it is the responsibility of the application to provide these
> services to the user. Eric4 (and eric3) do this. QScintilla2 is a widget
> meant to be integrated into an application and should provide the
> programmer an API to access the service needed. I think, the current
> QScintilla2 API is good in this respect.

Agreed that QScintilla should not mandate any policy. Also, the producer of 
any API file (eg, PyQt, PyKDE) should be decoupled from any consumer (eg 
eric, another QScintilla based editor).

How about, when loading an API file, if the file is not found and no directory 
path was included in the name, then it looks for a file in a standard 
location. There should also be a lexer method that returns the names of the 
files (excluding the .api extension) of all the files in the lexer specific 
standard directory.

That way, PyQwt could install a .api in a standard place. Eric would be able 
to display a project specific dialog that allowed users to select which APIs 
they wanted to use.


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