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Calligra/Schedules/3.0/Porting Plan


  • "End of Merge window for master"^ until: Wed March 4th (proposed)
  • "Porting start": same day of merge window close

^ To get some patches in that do not fit for the 2.9 branch and otherwise would bitrot due to the Qt5/KF5 port, there will be a merge window for master. Everyone having some WIP stuff that is good enough for merging, brush it up now and get it in!

Stages of Port

Given the modular structure of Calligra not all components are in the same stage and sometimes the borders of the stages are unsharp, but ideally everyone works on the same stage

  1. Restoring build on Qt5/KF5: minimal port of buildsystem and all code, so everything builds at least again (using kdelibs4support and marking any temporary solution with the tag "QT5TODO". Deprecated warnings are turned off here, there are too many from kdelibs4support. See Initial porting steps - UNCOMPLETE
  2. Fixing any regressions and anything marked with "QT5TODO": to reach release state as soon as possible (so kdelibs4support usage is very fine). Deprecated warnings are still turned off - STARTED
  3. Porting away from kdelibs4support (only if other components are still in stage 2, but best help there). Turn on deprecation warnings in the respective subdirs with remove_definitions(-Wno-deprecated -Wno-deprecated-declarations) - TODO


  • Porting branch: "frameworks"
  • Min. Qt5 version: 5.2 (matches current KF5 min required version)
  • Min. KF5 version: 5.7?
  • Min. CMake version: 2.8.12? (proposal: min required version of used KF5)
  • Min. ECM version: 1.7.0? (proposal: min required version of used KF5)

Porting Rules

  • do not port away from kdelibs4support initally, but see to get it added to the build as quickly as possible (only then go perhaps further)
  • ensure CI always manages to build (to ease life of co-porters)
  • love the tests
  • anything that needs temporarily to be disabled by commenting out should get a tag "QT5TODO" (anything better?), so it will not be forgotton before 3.0

To not have people step on each other toes and do conflicting work there will be a board on todo.kde.org where people can take a product before they start working on making it build. (TODO for Friedrich)

Porting Helpers

To see changes done in the previous Qt5 port:

   git diff 9fb2dfcfe0ee0aeb032a149d65aae650172d4c9c  origin/calligra-qt5-rempt -- some/subdir/or/files

Porting Notes

  • recommendation from #kde-devel: not blindly run any porting scripts that are available, but rather decide case-by-case if to run the script or just do manual porting
  • some of the porting scripts conflict with using kdelibs4support ("e.g. if #include <KGlobal> has been removed, we might have to restore it")

Porting Targets

Different parts of Calligra will go different miles for 3.0. Some might port away from kdelibs4support as there is not a lot to do, some might be happily using it for 3.0. Both should be very fine. Important are as few regressions as possible and something that is usable :)

Stuff that can be removed

  • 3rdparty/kdchart/
  • 3rdparty/kdchartpatches/
  • 3rdparty/kdgantt/
  • 3rdparty/kdganttpatches/
  • libs/db/
  • libs/koproperty/
  • libs/koreport/
  • plugins/reporting/

kdchart & kdgantt are to be replaced by kdiagram (kchart,kgantt, ask frinring).

db, koproperty & koreport are to be replaced by kdb, kproperty & kreport, respectively (managed by jstaniek, see Kexi/Porting to Qt&KF 5). Removing these libs/plugins will also render some Find*,cmake macros unneeded, but best check the buildsystem before just removing them.

Stuff to be done before the port


Any reformatting should be ideally done also in 2.9, to easy porting any further bug fixes.

  • rename all krita files to the calligra standard. (cc -> cpp, underscore -> CamelCaps)
  • from kde-dev-scripts, run:
    • clean-forward-declaration.sh (remove unused forward declarations)
  • from plasma-framework, run:
    • port-qslots.sh (to port to Q_SLOTS and Q_SIGNALS)
    • port-includes.sh (to get rid of the module prefixes in includes)
    • port-cmake-style.sh (to get a bit more consistency)
  • rest of the scripts at least for pigment and krita (boud)

Under discussion still

  • from kde-dev-scripts, run:
    • astyle-kdelibs (prevents the astyle problems with foreach and so on)

Notes about how to apply it: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jhq6oXuXKvTilJhcoS6FVKO7yYRu2yCgBS9ojhc2QRU/edit


  • clean code


  • "Applying full astyle is IMHO not OK, and even against efforts of everyone who keeps eye on proper coding style while doing code reviews." (jstaniek)
  • "Secondly, breaking git blame is unacceptable. Unlike file renames, there's no equivalent of --follow or ignoring whitespace while patching, it's a massive irreversible break in history." (jstaniek)
    People who try this would have to work with scripts like these git-blame-prior-commits

Not to be done

  • replace all header guards with '#pragma once'
    "because errors with header guards are actually quite frequent, and all compilers support this pragma now." (boud)

Reason against: not part of official spec, QtCreator fails on that, not very spread

Prepare architecture/technology changes

  • plugin loading. This changed a lot in KF5. We already didn't use the sycoca anymore for loading plugins, and we probably can, for now, still use the .desktop file system to find plugins. However, we should check the old Qt5 porting branch and see if we can re-use its plugin loader. That uses the new Qt5 plugin+json combination already. Check KoJsonTrader.cpp
  • That branch also contains some patches for Qt regressions (like bcd822eac52e09b6bf7a4c9fe293c9b3234a6486 or a5361d299b3991f9414466ad9d0c83537e6f2778), so it might be useful to refer to it while porting the libs, Words, Sheets and Stage.

Any takers?

Stuff not to be done for 3.0

General rules, exception as maintainers allow, but under the risk of being left out from 3.0 release

  • Splitting up the repository some more
  • Refactoring/rewrite of basic libs
  • Refactoring /rewrite of apps (without having ported the app first and have it ready for release)
  • Rewrite of plugins (without having ported the old version first as much as needed and ready for release)

Initial porting steps

done by 1 person

  1. Merge "calligra/2.9" another time into "master"
  2. Branch off "frameworks" from "master"
  3. Apply https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/121541/
  4. Remove subdirs of stuff moved outside already
  5. Port just the buildsystem to Qt5/KF5/ECM as much as needed to get "cmake" configure pass and "make" && "make install" also pass with success, without porting any code (should be all disabled still by step 3).
  6. Create commit and push "frameworks" branch to central Calligra repo
  7. Request a build on KDE CI for the "frameworks" branch
  8. Take disabled product from end of product dep tree^ and make it build:
    1. make yours on https://todo.kde.org/?controller=board&action=show&project_id=73
    2. remove "UNPORTED" tag
    3. port it as much as needed to make it build
    4. commit to "frameworks" branch
  9. if LIB_CALLIGRA has been added to the build, tell everyone to join
    goto 8. until there is no more "UNPORTED" tag

^The dep tree of products can be either seen from content of CalligraProducts.cmake or in a picture by using the generated "product_deps.dot" in the toplevel build dir:

   dot -Tsvg product_deps.dot > product_deps.svg


   dot -Tpng product_deps.dot > product_deps.png


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