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Re: "calibre" package fails to build.

From: Efraim Flashner
Subject: Re: "calibre" package fails to build.
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 13:17:39 +0300
User-agent: Mutt/1.10.1 (2018-07-13)

On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 11:49:14AM +0200, Andreas Enge wrote:
> Hello,
> I ended up disabling tests (see comments in the patch).
> Now the package builds, but tries to install into the Qt directory; at the
> end of the cmake phase, it prints:
>   -- Installing in the same prefix as Qt, adopting their path scheme.
> The previous version of the package contains a phase to adapt this,
> but the .pri files to be modified do not exist any more.
> I also tried to inherit from qtsvg like other qt* packages; but the
> gnu-build-system does not work any more for qtwebkit, the build finishes
> in a few seconds creating only the documentation and not compiling the code...
> At this point, I am giving up; it would be nice if someone else could take
> a look, I am attaching the current patch.

Thanks for getting the patch this far! I switched the 'configure phase
from (invoke qmake) to fully cmake with some necessary configure-flags.
It seemed easier than trying to convince qmake to install to the correct

I also left the tests disabled, 7+ hours compiling on my fast aarch64
board was quite long enough. I'm not opposed to re-enabling them but I
don't want to debug failures.

> If there is no progress during the next few days, I would suggest to re-add
> address@hidden for calibre. What do you think?

After fixing a bug in optipng (bundling outdated copies of libraries is
definately a bug) I was able to compile calibre on aarch64. I run it
headless, so I wasn't able to test it but hopefully it's back to

> Andreas
> PS: There is a thread from 2016 in which the Calibre author states that he
>     will stick with qtwebkit and in the worst case take over the maintenance
>     of a fork:

If he's planning on going the same route as gnucash I assume its only a
matter of time until he realizes distros will drop calibre rather than
carry along his beloved cruft.

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