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How to use GEOS library in QT Creator - Win platform

  • Hi i want to use GEOS (Geometry Engine - Open Source) library in QT, in static way.

    I downloaded version 3.2.0,(
    because it have Visual c++ project file, and i don not how to compile new version on win, then form visual C++ 2008 Express open the VC project file:
    And build the lib in debug and release version,
    Then get a file named geos.lib of 223MB.

    In the QtCreator pro file add the lib

    win32:LIBS += $$PWD/librerias/geos.lib
    QMAKE_LFLAGS += -Xlinker -Bstatic
    CONFIG += no_lflags_merge

    INCLUDEPATH += $$PWD/librerias
    DEPENDPATH += $$PWD/librerias

    In my cpp test code file, put the include:
    #include "librerias/geos_c.h"

    And in a slot:
    initGEOS(notice, log_and_exit);
    qDebug()<< "GEOS version " << GEOSversion();

    But when compile i get:
    error: undefined reference to `initGEOS'

    error: undefined reference to `GEOSversion()'

    What i am doing wrong?


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    In creator, you are using the same VS 2008 compiler?

    Its looks correct. and you link to .lib as VS likes.
    But the big question is if the geos.lib is a static lib ?

  • Thanks for the reply; In Qt creator I use mingw,
    The lib and the program must to be compiled with the same compiler,
    or can compile the lib with VS2008 and the program with mingw?

    I do not have experience with external libs, i am stuck with this problem.

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    No, on Windows you need to have everything built with the same compiler if you are using C++ libraries.

  • Hi, thanks for the reply, so now try to compile the lib with mingw,
    download the MSYS, open the shell, go to the folder, and write:

    After some messages get:

    configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

    Reading some forums, mus to add a fstab file
    the etc/fstab file is:

    #Win32_Path Mount_Point
    c:/Qt/Qt5.4.1/5.4/mingw491_32/ /mingw

    Also i try with /bin
    #Win32_Path Mount_Point

    Also try
    ./configure --prefix=/mingw

    $ mount
    c:\Qt\Qt5.4.1\5.4\mingw491_32 on /mingw type user (binmode)

    $ g++
    sh: g++: command not found

    $ gcc
    sh: gcc: command not found

    There is not gcc.exe or g++.exe file in the c:\Qt\Qt5.4.1\5.4\mingw491_32\bin folder

    What can be wrong

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    @marceloarguello700 You should use MinGW provided with your Qt installation instead of using MSYS.

  • @jsulm Thanks for the reply, but it is to short to my knowledge,
    How must to proceed, open Qt Creator and make a new project, or
    open a win console an so what??

  • @marceloarguello700 If I have some problems with Qt build toolchan on Windows, I simply uninstall entire Qt, and make clean reinstall after that. On installation I tick in "Tools" MinGW of the latest version and in the list above I tick "Prebuilt components" for MinGW of the same version as it has been ticked earlier.
    P.S. English is not my mother tongue, sorry for the mistakes, hope you understood all.

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    @marceloarguello700 First you need to install MinGW. To do so start the Qt Maintenance Tool go to "Add or remove components" select Tools/MinGW_LATEST_VERSION (currently 5.3.0). Then use that compiler instead of MSYS.

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