[mythtv-users] MythTV qtwebkit dependency

david brooke david2012brooke at gmail.com
Sun Oct 30 10:43:13 UTC 2016

On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 6:04 AM, Paul Harrison <mythtv at sky.com> wrote:

> On 30/10/16 00:54, Tom Dexter wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 2:39 PM, Tom Dexter <digitalaudiorock at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 12:49 PM, Paul Harrison <mythtv at sky.com> wrote:
>>>> Yeah MythBrowser uses it. Also if you removed it MythNews,
>>>> MythNetVision and
>>>> MythMusic would be affected since they all use MythBrowser.
>>>> They've gone a little quite about it but some of my fellow devs want to
>>>> remove the plugins algether so you will probably get your way at some
>>>> point.
>>>> I don't see the tiny amount of disk space required for the webkit stuff
>>>> to
>>>> be a big problem when you consider the multi GB space required for
>>>> recordings.
>>>> You could make it optional and only allow those plugins to be
>>>> configured if
>>>> QtWebkit is available but then you run into problems with future
>>>> development
>>>> not knowing if you can use the browser widget or not.
>>>> Personally I'd be sad to see it. If you remove the one or two remaining
>>>> differences between Kodi and MythFrontend, the web browser and
>>>> MythZoneMinder etc then what's the incentive to continue developing the
>>>> frontend? Might as well just kill it off :(
>>>> Paul H.
>>> The disk space isn't the issue as much as the compile times. I'm using
>>> Gentoo and the qtwebkit from what I recall takes longer to compile
>>> than MythTV, and that happens with any Qt updates as well. Since I
>>> really do want to upgrade, I've bit the bullet and started compiling
>>> all the dependencies including that one, so I'll be ready to compile
>>> MythTV 0.28 later.
>>> Thanks for the replies!
>>> Tom
>> OMG...That qtwebkit compile is punitive. Granted...I'm running on
>> fairly old hardware, but I can compile MythTV in around an hour and a
>> half. The qtwebkit (the last depedency I have left to compile) has
>> been going for over five hours, and I had to stop mythfrontend as I
>> barely have enough RAM. This is awful. I don't recall it being even
>> close to this with Qt4.
>> Tom
> Yeah I know until recently I was an avid Gentoo user and wouldn't touch
> any other distro but the time and effort to keep all the systems I look
> after running became to much. Now use Mythbuntu and an update takes a few
> minutes at the most rather than a few hours sometimes in Gentoo.
> The long compile times are the result of the choice of your distro not a
> fault with MythTV so it's unfair to punish users of other distros IMHO!
> Paul H.
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I'm a Gentoo user and the compile times are no issue. I either mainly
compile in the background while watching a video or during the night. So
basically my admin time is just slightly more than a binary distro but with
greater flexibility / control.
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