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avih, 07/08/2012 12:33 AM

Build Quassel on Windows Mingw

Build Quassel with QT only

Software Requirements


Step 1: Install QT SDK

Download and install the QT SDK and select mingw to install with QT.

Step 2: Install DBGHELP Mingw

If you are using mingw w64 skip this step

Download DBGHELP Mingw and extract it to your mingw root. Alternatively, get libdbghelp.7z and extract libdbghelp.a to <mingw>/lib, and get dbghelp.h from here and put it at <mingw>/include, however, I CANNOT VOUCH FOR THESE FILES, I just "fished" them from warzone2010 dev files and mingw's bug tracker, but they did work for me (-avih).

Step 3: Install CMake

Checkout Quassel

  • "git clone git://"

Compile Quassel

  • open a command line
  • add mingw to your path (set PATH=%PATH%;'mingwdir')
  • add cmake to your path (analog to mingw)
  • add QT to yo your path, 'qt\version'\qt\bin
  • switch to the directory where you checked out Quassel
  • type "mkdir build"
  • type "cd build"
  • type "cmake -G "MinGW Makefiles" .."
  • type "mingw32-make"

Build Quassel with Windows KDE

  1. got to the Emerge Tutorial
  2. check out emerge and set up the kdesettings.bat acording to the kde tutorial
  3. install quassel "emerge quassel-qt" or "emerge quassel" to build quassel with kdesupport, emerge will install all dependency's for you
  4. when emerge has finished all jobs, start quassel

The steps above would also be possible with msvc2008

Notes after following this guide with mingw which comes with QTSDK (1.2.1)

  1. Cmake can be downloaded here . I got the windows binary zip file, extracted it, and added the path of the 'bin' dir within it.
  2. The mingw bin dir is <QTSDK-dir>\mingw\bin, the QT path is <QTSDK-dir>\Desktop\Qt\4.81\mingw\bin .
  3. The official 0.8 tarball failed to build after 80% with the following error (which I couldn't fix):
    mingw32-make[2]: *** No rule to make target `po/qt_cs.qm', needed by `po/CMakeFiles/po'.  Stop.
    mingw32-make[1]: *** [po/CMakeFiles/po.dir/all] Error 2
    mingw32-make: *** [all] Error 2
  4. Fixed at 2012-07-07 (r0.9-pre-34-g2398c7e). The cloned git maser (2012-07-05) failed at cmake due to unsupported QT_DBUS. I manually deleted 'DBus' from the quassel client CmakeList.txt file (quassel/src/client/CmakeList.txt) here:
    if(NOT WITH_QT5)
      setup_qt_variables(Gui Network DBus)
  5. After successfully compiling the cloned git master, I needed the following DLLs at the same dir as the exe: QtCore4.dll QtGui4.dll QtNetwork4.dll QtWebKit4.dll libgcc_s_dw2-1.dll mingwm10.dll phonon4.dll. These files can be copied from the mingw and the QT dirs, or from the win32 official quassel distribution package here (7-zip can extract the windows installer, these files are in there).
  6. QTCreator project (for IDE and debugging):
    • Run QTCreator and click File -> Open File or Project
    • Choose the main CMakeList.txt file at the root of the source tree (the same dir with the INSTALL and README files).
    • Point to your cmake.exe file (which you download earlier).
    • Add the following arguments (make sure your qtsdk path matches): -DQT_QMAKE_EXECUTABLE=C:\QtSDK\Desktop\Qt\4.8.1\mingw\bin\qmake.exe -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo
    • Click run cmake. It should finish without errors, click Finish.
    • Once the project is open, click "Projects" at the left side, expand Details at the "Run Environment" section, click the line of the variable PATH, and add the QT path (e.g. c:/QtSDK/Desktop/Qt/4.8.1/mingw/bin).
    • Now you can edit the code, follow symbols, and should be able to build, breakpoint and single-step quassel.