[PyQt] Compiling PyQt5 on a Raspberry Pi

John Donovan john at geospark.co.uk
Mon Aug 5 17:22:22 BST 2013

Apologies for my posts appearing as Teamspeak tickets, I've no idea
how that can even happen!
I'm trying from a different email address to see if that makes a difference.

I am trying to compile the latest PyQt5 on my Raspberry Pi running
Raspbian Wheezy, and I am coming across this error when I run:
$ python3 configure.py --verbose

<snip some stuff>

Generating the C++ source for the QtGui module...
/usr/bin/sip -w -x VendorID -t WS_X11 -t Qt_5_0_0 -x PyQt_NoOpenGLES
-x PyQt_qreal_double -o -P -a QtGui.api -c
/home/pi/PyQt-gpl-5.0.1-snapshot-78c6a5e85fef/QtGui -I sip -I
sip: /home/pi/PyQt-gpl-5.0.1-snapshot-78c6a5e85fef/sip/QtGui/qbrush.sip:157:
QGradient::setStops() unsupported function argument type - provide
%MethodCode and a C++ signature
Error: Unable to create the C++ code.

Running sip -V yields:

So it seems to be choosing the right version of SIP. I'm no SIP
expert, so I'm not sure of the best way of solving the issue; am I
missing a dependency or is there a bug in the .sip file?

I also notice one of the flags is -x PyQt_NoOpenGLES but GLES is the
reason I'm using Qt5 on the Pi. Is this important, and how would I go
about changing it?


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