RCC XML and options



  • I read the documentation on the Resource Compiler (rcc), and my interest is in building existing projects using standard platform tools without qmake. That is, I'm adding logic to run rcc over a *.qrc file to produce a cpp file.

    First, I read about the -compress / -no-compress options. That is all or nothing for the entire translation unit. Is there an attribute in the XML (qrc) file to control this on a case-by-case basis? In particular, it's counterproductive to try and compress a png file, but other kinds of resources might very well benefit from compression, and differing level for each.

    I could not find any additional documentation on the qrc xml file format, and only see the alias attribute. Are there others, such as compression?

    (Aside: what about different compression libraries? 7zip's lzma appears to produce much smaller files than classic deflate.)

    The second issue concerns the -name option to rcc. Using a build tool as mentioned above, every *.qrc file needs to have its -name associated somehow. That would mean manually listing every such file individually and repeating the command with different parameters. That is in contrast to a rule that says “every *.qrc file produces a *.cpp file with a name derived from the input file”. It is not great to determine the -name from the input file too, as every subproject will want to have a file named simply resources.qrc and not some globally unique name.

    It would make sense to put the -name in the qrc file itself, rather than supplied separately to the rcc tool. This could simply be another attribute to the qresource element that serves the same function as the existing -name option. More extensible would be a new element that could contain more details for the generated code.

    Let me make sure I understand what that's used for: The named function needs to be called at some point to make the resources available, but is otherwise not used, right? Different *.qrc files prepared by different developers in different parts of the code base (in the same resulting executable file) are distinguished by the 'prefix', right?

    If that's right, couldn't the generated code contain a dummy object using the “static constructor” technique to cause the registration function to be called sometime before main(), and not need an exposed name at all?

    —John


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    Hi and welcome to devnet,

    You should bring this discussion on the interest mailing list. You'll find there Qt's developers/maintainers. This forum is more user oriented


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