Qt4's WebKit removal
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Subject: Qt4's WebKit removal Source: @FILLME@ User: firstname.lastname@example.org Usertags: qt4webkit-removal Hi! As you might know we the Qt/KDE team are preparing to remove Qt4's WebKit as announced in [announce]. [announce] <https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2015/05/msg00001.html> Basically we are about to get the last Qt4 point release and upstream is migrating from WebKit to Blink in the Qt5 series, so we won't have much upstreams support for maintaining Qt4's WebKit (Qt5's WebKit is expected to stay supported until Qt6). In order to make this move, all packages directly or indirectly depending on the Qt4's WebKit library have to either get ported to Qt5 or eventually get removed from the Debian repositories. Therefore, please take the time and: - contact your upstream (if existing) and ask about the state of a Qt5 port of your application - if there are no activities regarding porting, investigate whether there are suitable alternatives for your users - if there is a Qt5 port that is not yet packaged, consider packaging it - if both the Qt4 and the Qt5 versions already coexist in the Debian archives, consider removing the Qt4 version = Porting = Some of us where involved in various Qt4 to Qt5 migrations [migration] and we know for sure that porting stuff from Qt4 to Qt5 is much much easier and less painful than it was from Qt3 to Qt4. We also understand that there is still a lot of software still using Qt4. In order to ease the transition time we have provided Wheezy backports for Qt5. Don't forget to take a look at the C++ API changes page [apichanges] whenever you start porting your application. [migration] http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/packagingqtbasedstuff.html [apichanges] http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/sourcebreaks.html For any questions and issues, do not hesitate to contact the Debian Qt/KDE team at email@example.com
Apps using Qt4's WebKit
Situation of apps and libraries using Qt4's ?WebKit
amarok 784448 Slow progress on the Frameworks branch; Arch has a patch to disable qt4webkit and the few features connected to it: https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git/tree/trunk/amarok-no-qtwebkit.patch?h=packages/amarok
anki 784612 See the Debian PTA page; a new version is being worked on, waiting on the upstream release (and Qt 5.9)
ball 784451 Work in the bug to remove the dependency, but stalled
kchmviewer 784476 New upstream release available, can build against Qt5. Might need team upload. Repo already ported to git.
krecipes 784486 No Qt5 branch, but ?ArchLinux provides a patch to remove qtwebkit support: https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/community.git/tree/trunk/disable-print-support.patch?h=packages/krecipes
ninja-ide 784615 Upstream is Qt4-only (python-based), no Qt5 branches
openms 784502 No Qt5 support in released version or in the 'develop' git branch; there is a 'feature/qt5' branch; BUT the Qt-based GUI can be disabled with a flag
qtscriptgenerator 784518 Upstream dead, but various unofficial Qt5 ports: https://git.zx2c4.com/qtscriptgenerator, https://github.com/phbaer/qtscriptgenerator, https://github.com/svalaskevicius/qtscriptgenerator, https://github.com/sjinks/qtscriptgenerator, ...; also Gentoo uses a patch to remove the binding for webkit: https://gitweb.gentoo.org/repo/gentoo.git/tree/x11-libs/qtscriptgenerator/qtscriptgenerator-0.2.0-r1.ebuild#n40
robojournal 784524 Apparently dead upstream; no more activity since 2014
webkitkde 784560 (aka kwebkitpart): master upstream branch is Qt5 and can be compiled against the reborn Qt5 webkit; tosky can provide a tagged released if needed.
Extra build dependencies
Below are all the sources which are specific to Qt4, and thus will not be ported; the only resolution will be their removal.
kde4libs 784479 Patch available at https://git.archlinux.org/svntogit/packages.git/tree/trunk/kdelibs-no-kdewebkit.patch?h=packages/kdelibs
algobox: Looks like a partial false positive. It's actually only available in Debian ports.
arc-gui-clients 784450 No upstream activity since 2014, but switched to Qt5
basic256 784452 Switched to Qt5
bibletime 816804 Bibletime 2.11 (released on 21 Dec 2016, Qt5-only) was uploaded
brewtarget 784453 Switched to Qt5 (package version 2.3.1-1)
calligra 784454 Updated to Qt5, only in experimental ATM.
camitk 816805 Switched to Qt5
clam-networkeditor 784457 RoM
connectome-workbench 784458 Removed webkit dependency
creepy 784619 Removed from the archive (various reasons).
dff 784616 Removed from the archive due to various reasons.
fcitx-libpinyin 784462 The last 0.5.1 upstream version is Qt5-based
fontmatrix 784463 Removed from the archive, dead upstream.
fotowall 816806 Removed from the archive, dead upstream, will not work with Qt5.
freecad 784464 Removed dependency.
frescobaldi 784610 Switched to Qt5
gofigure2 816807 Removed from the archive, dead upstream.
goldendict 784468 Switched to Qt5.
gpsbabel 816808 Switched to Qt5.
k3b 784471 Since Applications 17.04, it's Qt5+KF5
kbibtex 784475 Switched to Qt5.
kdevelop 784483 Ported to Qt5
kdevelop-php-docs 784485 Removed from the archive, as merged with src:kdevelop-php
kdevplatform 784484 Ported to Qt5
ktorrent 784487 Switched to Qt5.
libqt4pas 784493 Fixed in experimental
mediaconch 816810 Switched to Qt5
monkeystudio 784498 Switched to Qt5
nmapsi4 784501 Version 0.5 alpha released two years ago is based on Qt5; it was packaged
openwalnut 784503 Removed - QA
plasma-widget-adjustableclock 784507 Removed, non functional without Plasma 4, no porting, RC buggy.
postbooks 784508 Switched to Qt5
postbooks-updater 784509 Removed dependency.
psi-plus 784510 Ported to Qt5.
pythonqt 816811 Removed webkit support.
qgis 784514 Removed support until the final Qt5 can be uploaded.
qmf 784516 Removed because it is a library without current reverse dependencies.
- qt4-x11 Will get fixed on next upload, changes already in the repo.
qutecom 816812 Removed from the archive, dead upstream.
qzion 784522 RoM
subsurface 784530 Removed due to other reasons
supercollider 784531 It was deemed a useless dependency.
swift-im 784532 Ported to Qt5
turpial 784618 Removed due to other reasons
utopia-documents 816813 Switched to Qt5
webkit-image 784559 Its source is apparently not available anymore in the josm repository -> RoM/RoQA removed