[PyQt] Running pyqt-bundle on Qt source build

Florian Bruhin me at the-compiler.org
Fri Apr 17 10:24:55 BST 2020


I'm trying to run pyqt-bundle on a Qt developer build built from source
(i.e.  ./configure -developer-build ...).

Such a build doesn't have an install dir, but the qtbase/ repository folder has
a lib/ subdirectory with all the .so files in it (even from other modules like

tl;dr: It worked, but I had to patch pyqt-bundle a bit.

When initially running pyqt-bundle, it fails to find libicu:

    PyQt5/pylupdate.abi3.so: RPATH=$ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/pylupdate.abi3.so: new RPATH: $ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/pyrcc.abi3.so: RPATH=$ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/pyrcc.abi3.so: new RPATH: $ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/QtBluetooth.abi3.so: RPATH=$ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/QtBluetooth.abi3.so: new RPATH: $ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/QtCore.abi3.so: RPATH=$ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/QtCore.abi3.so: new RPATH: $ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    pyqt-bundle: An internal error occurred...
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File ".../bin/pyqt-bundle", line 8, in <module>
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/main.py", line 77, in main
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/sipbuild/exceptions.py", line 81, in handle_exception
        raise e
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/main.py", line 72, in main
        bundle(wheel_path=args.wheels[0], qt_dir=args.qt_dir,
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/bundle.py", line 117, in bundle
        package.bundle_qt(target_qt_dir, qt_dir, arch)
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/abstract_package.py", line 105, in bundle_qt
        md.bundle(name, target_qt_dir, qt_dir,
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/qt_metadata.py", line 94, in bundle
        self._bundle_library(lib, target_qt_dir, qt_dir, arch)
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/qt_metadata.py", line 209, in _bundle_library
      File ".../lib/python3.8/site-packages/pyqtbuild/bundle/qt_metadata.py", line 201, in _bundle_file
        shutil.copy2(src, dst)
      File "/usr/lib/python3.8/shutil.py", line 432, in copy2
        copyfile(src, dst, follow_symlinks=follow_symlinks)
      File "/usr/lib/python3.8/shutil.py", line 261, in copyfile
        with open(src, 'rb') as fsrc, open(dst, 'wb') as fdst:
    FileNotFoundError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/home/florian/code/qt/5.15/qtbase/lib/libicui18n.so.56'

Additionally, even though that Qt was built against libicu 65, pyqt-bundle
seems to hardcode version 56. So I patched bundle/packages/pyqt5.py to use
version 65 and symlinked the library to my system-wide one:

   $ ln -s /usr/lib/libicui18n.so.65 /usr/lib/libicuuc.so.65 /usr/lib/libicudata.so.65 \

Then libQt5Designer.so.5 was missing, fixed with --exclude QtDesigner. Next:

    PyQt5/QtGui.abi3.so: RPATH=$ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    PyQt5/QtGui.abi3.so: new RPATH: $ORIGIN/Qt/lib
    pyqt-bundle: 'libQt5WaylandClient.so.5' is missing from the Qt installation

Again I had to patch pyqt5.py to remove the dependency of QtGui on

Then I had some other issues fixed with --exclude arguments - I ended up with:

    --exclude QtDesigner --exclude QtHelp --exclude QtLocation
    --exclude QtMultimedia --exclude QtMultimediaWidgets
    --exclude QtNetworkAuth --exclude QtPositioning --exclude QtQuick
    --exclude QtRemoteObjects --exclude QtSensors --exclude QtSerialPort
    --exclude QtSvg --exclude QtWebSockets --exclude QtX11Extras
    --exclude QtXmlPatterns 

After all that, I got a wheel! Unfortunately it doesn't work:

    ImportError: .../site-packages/PyQt5/QtCore.abi3.so:
    undefined symbol: _ZN18QMetaObjectBuilderD1Ev, version Qt_5_PRIVATE_API

(that is QMetaObjectBuilder::~QMetaObjectBuilder() demangled). No idea at this
point why that wouldn't work, but that's probably not PyQt's fault.

Ideally, I'd be able to do this without having to patch pyqt-bundle :)
Thus, I'd like to request options for:

- Telling pyqt-bundle where to find libicu libraries, and what version to use
  (or perhaps it could find out itself somehow?).
- Telling it to assume QtGui is built without wayland support.

However, if the answer is "source builds aren't supported", I'm fine with that
as well. After building Qt for a couple of hours, building PyQt isn't a big


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