[KDE/Mac] Kate's status on OSX?

Jeremy Whiting jpwhiting at kde.org
Thu Feb 12 17:50:17 UTC 2015


The biggest problem so far is that the frameworks use QStandardPaths which
doesn't give us the same flexibility that KStandardDirs did in kdelibs4
times. There's a patch floating around and discussion about it here:
https://codereview.qt-project.org/103277 but nothing has been upstreamed
yet, so it wont likely make it into Qt 5.5 unfortunately. That patch can be
used to build your own Qt 5.4 though, either by cloning qt5.4 from git or
with Rene's qt5 macport from trac.

Other problems that don't affect kate itself most likely, but could affect
other aspects are kinit failing to launch klauncher and such. Check the
kde-mac mailing list archives from this and last month to see the
discussion if you are interested.


On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Nicolas Bigaouette <nbigaouette at gmail.com>

> Salut René,
> Thanks for the reply! I need Kate in a spoiled way; I think it offers the
> best compromise between ease of use and power. The other one I miss is
> dolphin...
> In any case, do you know if the problem lies with the frameworks or the
> applications? Or even in Qt? Any links or bugs you can point me to for the
> effort to fix these issues?
> Thanks!
> Nicolas
> 2015-02-12 12:27 GMT-05:00 René J.V. <rjvbertin at gmail.com>:
> On Thursday February 12 2015 11:54:45 Nicolas Bigaouette wrote:
>> Salut Nicolas,
>> > I miss KDE applications on my mac so would like to have them working,
>> > specially Kate.
>> >
>> > After some work I've been able to compile KF5 v5.6.0 and Kate
>> > 14.12.2 through homebrew using haraldf's tap[0].
>> KF5 has issues currently that are being worked on: applications cannot
>> find each other, their configuration files, icons etc. because (in a
>> nutshell) Qt points them in the wrong direction and there is no more
>> intermediary KDE layer through we can intervene.
>> If you really require Kate, you'd do better sticking with the version
>> from KDE4. It works for me (through MacPorts), except for keyboard
>> shortcuts which I have not yet managed to redefine to follow OS X
>> standards. And it can crash when printing (
>> https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=341301) but that's probably a Qt
>> bug.
>> There are many KDE applications in MacPorts, and quite a bit of effort
>> has been made to make them work as properly as possible. I'm writing this
>> in KMail on OS X ...
>> R.
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