Building Qt is a bit of a hobby of mine. Not that I have a choice. MinGW 64bit is clearly not a first-class platform for the Qt developers. No official binary exists and most of the time Qt will only build after applying a patch or two. That’s why I built Qt 5.6.2 only now, even though it was released about two months ago.
I always try to build as much of Qt as possible, even though I only really need a relatively small subset. Two components are missing:
Windows is a hard environment for a C++ developer to live in – at least if you don’t use Visual Studio. What I find most annoying is setting up and maintaining several compiler toolchains in parallel. Compiler distributions – above all MinGW-w64 – are pretty much one-click installations these days, but easily switching the environment between different toolchains and moving those toolchains between computers ist still a hassle.
Since I’m lazy, I started scripting. Now I have a multi-toolchain ecosystem that can be moved between computers simply by copying a directory tree. Setting up and switching between environments is a single …