KDE makes Qt

Recently I was trying some statistics on the qtbase-module (where QtCore, QtGui, QtWidgets and so on lives) and was wondering who made them.
Not based on their current paid affilation, like Thiago’s graphs, but if each commit was made by a person coming from KDE.

So, I got hold of Thiago’s scripts, a lovely mix of perl and zsh, and a QtBase git repository. First steps was to try to classify people as person coming from KDE or not. Of course, I’m a KDE person. Thiago is a KDE person. David Faure is a KDE person. Olivier Goffart is a KDE person. Lars Knoll is a KDE person.

By the help of the KDE accounts file, and some of the long time KDE contributors, I got after a half day of work a good list of it. Then next steps was trying to put it into Thiago’s perlscripts

All of it kind of succeeded:


So, KDE people makes up for 40-60% of the weekly commits to QtBase. This is again shows that KDE is important to Qt, just as the reverse is. So, let’s keep KDE healthy.

KDE is running a end-of-year fundraiser over here https://www.kde.org/fundraisers/yearend2014/. Go ahead and donate, and help KDE stay healthy. For your own sake. And for Qt’s.

Posted in english, kde, qt

Fun and joy with .bat files

Occasionally, one gets in touch with kind of ‘foreign’ technologies and needs to get stuff working anyways.

Recently, I had to do some various hacking with and around .bat files. Bat files are a kind of script files for Microsoft Windows.

Calling external commands

Imagine need to call some other command, let’s say git diff. So from a cmd thing, you would write

similar to writing shell scripts on unixes. But there is a catch. If the thing you want to call is another bat-script, just calling it ensures it ‘replaces’ the current script and never returns. So you need

if the command you want to run is a bat file and you want to return to your script.

Calling an external helper next to your script
If you for some reason needs to call some external helper placed next to your script, there is a helpful thing to do that as well. Imagine your helper is called helper.bat

is the very self-explanatory way of doing that.

Stopping execution of your script

If you somehow encounter some condition in your script that requires you to stop your script, there is a command ‘exit’ handy. It even takes a argument for what error code there is.

stops your script with return code 2. But it also have the nice added feature that if you do it in a script you run by hand in a terminal, it also exits the terminal.

Luckily there is also a fix for that:

and it doesn’t exit your interactive terminal, and it sets the %ERRORLEVEL% variable to the exit code.

Fortunately, the fun doesn’t stop here.

If the script is run non-interactively, exit /b doesn’t set the exit code for for example perl’s system() call. You need to use exit without /b for that. So now you need two scripts. one for “interactive” use that calls exit /b and a similar one using exit for use by other apps/scripts.

Or, we can combine some of our knowledge and add a extra layer of indirection.

  • write your script for interactive use (with exit /b) and let’s call it script.bat
  • create a simple wrapper script
  • call the wrapper for non-interactive use

and then success.

Oh. and on a unrelated note. Windows can’t schedule tasks for users that aren’t logged in and don’t have a password set. The response “Access Denied” is the only clue given.

Posted in english, kde

CMake and library properties

When writing libraries with CMake, you need to set a couple of properties, especially the VERSION and SOVERSION properties. For library libbar, it could look like:

This will give you a libbar.so => libbar.so.0 => libbar.so.0.0.0 symlink chain with a SONAME of libbar.so.0 encoded into the library.

The SOVERSION target property controls the number in the middle part of the symlink chain as well as the numeric part of the SONAME encoded into the library. The VERSION target property controls the last part of the last element of the symlink chain

This also means that the first part of VERSION should match what you put in SOVERSION to avoid surprises for others and for the future you.

Both these properties control “Technical parts” and should be looked at from a technical perspective. They should not be used for the ‘version of the software’, but purely for the technical versioning of the library.

In the kdeexamples git repository, it is handled like this:

And a bit later:

which is a fine way to ensure that things actually matches.

Oh. And these components is not something that should be inherited from other external projects.

So people, please be careful to use these correct.

Posted in debian, english, kde

Bringing KDE forward

The almost-yearly large KDE-sprint in Randa, Switzerland is doing a fundraiser to get this year’s event running. See http://www.kde.org/fundraisers/randameetings2014/

This year, it is besides the recurring multimedia topics, a lot about improving the new KDE Frameworks, the related documentation and the development experience with IDE’s and such.

It is also a good way to come full circle, since it was back in 2011 when I was at the Randa Meetings that the KDE Frameworks initiative was started.

So once again: http://www.kde.org/fundraisers/randameetings2014/

Posted in english, kde

Diploma thesis about media choice and usage in Free Software communities: I need your help

My hard-working KDE friend Mario asked me to help him to get Debian people to help him with his thesis. Here is what he writes:

Dear Free Software contributor*

I’m currently in the process of writing my diploma thesis. I’ve worked hard during the last few weeks and months on a questionnaire which shall collect some data for my thesis. Furthermore the data of this survey will be interesting for the Free Software communities as well.

So please take some time or add it to your todo list or, even better, go directly to my questionnaire and help me make a great diploma thesis and improve the Free Software community in some ways.

The questionnaire takes some 20 to 30 minutes. At the end of the questionnaire you’ll find a way to participate in a draw where you can even win something nice.

In a first round I got the feedback that the length of the questionnaire and that some questions (mostly the ones at the beginning of the questionnaire about the 12 different tasks) are quite abstract and difficult. But please try it, try your best and take the time and brain power. The remaining part of the questionnaire [1] (after these two pages with the tasks questions) is quite
easy and quickly done. And you have the possibility to come back to where you
have left filling in the questionnaire after a shorter or longer break.

And if there are any questions, feedback or you need help don’t hesitate a moment to write me an email or ping me on IRC (freenode.net and oftc.net) as unormal.

This survey will be open till Sunday, the 9th of March 2014, 23.59 UTC.

Thanks to all for reading and helping and towards the summer of 2014 you can read here what all the data you gave me showed us and where we can learn and improve.

Thanks in advance and best regards
Mario Fux

* By contributor I mean not just developers but translators, artist, usability
people, documentation writers and many more. Everybody who contributes in one
way or the other to Free Software.

Posted in debian, english, kde

9.0 Zurg

I welcome Debian 9.0 Zurg!

Thanks to Phoronix and to Wikipedia editor at and for their high quality fact checking.

Posted in debian, english, kde

CMake skeleton for small Qt projects

For small Qt-projects, I have for a long time been using qmake, mostly because qmake -project gives me a working build in most cases, but once the project grows a bit, I have switched to cmake because there is just things there I like better.

So, I thought how to start with cmake instead, and ended up writing a small script. I guess I should share it:

I’ve saved it locally as cmake-qtproject – and it works with at least cmake 2.8.11.

I hope wordpress doesn’t make too much mess of it. Have fun.

Posted in debian, english, kde, qt

Announcing Rawatar – Qt5 libravatar client library

So. following up on my previous post about implementing a libravatar server, this will be an announcement of a quick Qt5 based client library for libravatar – so that everyone can put avatars everywhere!

Get it while it is hot on

There isn’t much screenshots to show off, given it is effectively just converting a string with an email into a URL for a image.

And thanks to Martin Sandsmark for coming up with such a great name. Now I expect him to show off what it can be used for. Another thanks goes to Andreas Hartmetz for going thru the code & api.

Posted in english, kde, Pocket projects, qt

Simple Libravatar service

So, since recently bugs.debian.org has started using libravatar avatars. Not yet the federated service, but that’s supposedly in the works. But for that, one of course need to run each own service. Which I wanted to do. In a simple way.

So I did it.

and in my root dir for that one I have source/ and avatar/

In source, I have default.png which I’m serving and a series of avatars for various email addresses

and then I have a simple script to generate the right file names:

and the last piece of magic to get everything to work:

and a set of index.html files created with ‘touch’.

So there you go. A simple libravatar service, ignoring some pieces of the spec, but it should be good enough for most people. I might save my rants about the libravatar spec for another day. But it involves implementing a complete redirecting service and scaling of images.

When will debian.org and kde.org start providing avatar services?

Posted in debian, english, kde, opensourcedays, Pocket projects

Nogen fra NemId?

Er der nogen fra NemId der læser med her? Jeg kan ikke få jeres supportformular til at virke. Og jeg kan ikke få jeres applet til at virke når jeg skal logge ind på skat.dk.

Tilgengæld har jeg noget i .xsession-errors der sikkert vil glæde jer.

Gad vide hvad der foregår?

ps.: NemId virker fint når jeg skal i banken.

Posted in danish