Qt Creator cross compilation kit configuration issue (sysroot, libraries)

  • Hello,

    I'm using Yocto and configures a dedicated kit to the cross compilation environment.
    When I tried to compile a "helloworld" program I had a linking issue.
    I found a solution but I'm not sure I used the good way to solve my issue and I wonder if somebody in this forum can explain me why I experience such an issue and how to fix it properly.

    QtCreator configuration
    I did compile qt5 toolchain with yocto (meta-toolchain-qt5) and install it.
    I did update qtcreator.sh to set the env variable required for cross compilation
    I configured the debugger to use thegdb of my toolchain.
    I configured the compiler to use the g++ compiler of my toolchain
    I configured qmake to use the qmake of my toolchain.
    I configured a kit using all these programs and specifying my sysroot.
    As I'm cross compiling for a docker image, I kept the device type as Desktop.

    The issue
    When I tried to compile my "helloworld" program (named QtVersion and writing the version of Qt in a console), the linker is giving me the following error.

    g++  -o QtVersion main.o   -lQt5Core -lpthread 
    /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lQt5Core

    In this command, few thing are missing for cross compilation. sysroot is not present, the libraries directories are also missing.

    The solution
    To solve this issue, I did add the following parameters to qmake command executed by my project:

    QMAKE_LIBS+="-L/usr/lib -L/lib"  
    QMAKE_LFLAGS+="-Wl,-O1 -Wl,-z,origin -Wl,-rpath,\$$ORIGIN -Wl,-rpath,/usr/lib -Wl,-rpath,/lib --sysroot=/data/Yocto/sdk/krogoth/dockerguest/2.1/sysroots/core2-64-poky-linux"

    Now, the compilation and execution are working fine.

    The questions
    Whay should I had to specify such QMAKE_VARIABLE to make it work?
    Shouldn't it be done automatically?
    The compilation was working but not the linking, why?

    Here is the compilation command:

    g++ -c -pipe -g -std=gnu++0x -Wall -W -D_REENTRANT -fPIC -DQT_QML_DEBUG -DQT_CORE_LIB -I../QtVersion -I. -isystem /data/Yocto/sdk/krogoth/dockerguest/2.1/sysroots/core2-64-poky-linux/usr/include/qt5 -isystem /data/Yocto/sdk/krogoth/dockerguest/2.1/sysroots/core2-64-poky-linux/usr/include/qt5/QtCore -I. -I/data/Yocto/sdk/krogoth/dockerguest/2.1/sysroots/core2-64-poky-linux/usr/lib/qt5/mkspecs/linux-g++ -o main.o ../QtVersion/main.cpp

    I hope you will be able to help me to understand why I experienced such an issue and how to solve it cleanly.

    Thx and rgds,


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