Craft is a tool to build the sources and its third-party requirements. It is the easy way to build software.
Powershell is required to be at least version 3.0. You can check the version with $PSVersionTable.PSVersion.
Currently Craft supports both the MinGW and Microsoft Visual Studio (msvc) compiler. While MinGW can be installed by Craft, Visual Studio must be installed independently by the user.
In order to compile the Qt5 qtbase package with MinGW you will also need to install the Microsoft DirectX SDK, make sure to open a new command line window after the installation.
iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://raw.githubusercontent.com/KDE/craft/master/setup/install_craft.ps1'))
To use Craft you need to start a Powershell window, point that to KDEROOT\craft and run the initalization script. For example:
This tells Craft about your environment settings (e.g. paths). It will load your configuration from KDEROOT\etc\kdesettings.ini. If there are any error messages Craft will not work as expected. The output should look similar to this one (of course with your paths):
PS C:\kderoot\craft>.\kdeenv.ps1 KDEROOT : C:\kderoot\ KDECOMPILER : msvc2015 KDESVNDIR : C:\kderoot\download\svn KDEGITDIR : C:\kderoot\download\git DOWNLOADDIR : C:\kderoot\download PYTHONPATH : C:\kderoot\python PS C:\kderoot\>
craft -i packagename
If a package fails to build, you'll be greeted with something like:
... craft warning: while running make cmd: jom craft warning: Action: compile for libs/qt5/qtbase FAILED *** Craft all failed: all of libs/qtbase failed after 0:07:25 *** craft error: fatal error: package libs/qtbase all failed
In order to figure out what failed, grep the command line output above for errors.
If the log output is too long, you can also pipe the output to a file and then open the file inside an editor.
craft qt > log 2>&1 notepad++ log
Grep for "error", or "error:" in the file.