[Qgis-developer] Dockers for QGIS

Tim Sutton tim at kartoza.com
Sun Mar 20 02:17:36 PDT 2016


> On 19 Mar 2016, at 11:24, Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it> wrote:
> Il 19/03/2016 09:58, Andreas Neumann ha scritto:
>> Hi Paolo,
>> It is relatively easy to have several parallel QGIS versions on Linux,
>> if you compile it yourself. You can set the CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX to
>> wherever you like, e.g. in your home directory.
> Thanks Andreas,
> I know of this possibility, but in the past I did have bad experiences,
> and I'd prefer to keep things clean.
> One reason why I'd like to have things in separate environments is that
> being on sid base libs change often, so I always have to recompile all
> versions to avoid crashes. This may get difficult when qt4 support in
> Debian will be removed. That's why I explored the docker alternative.
> Thanks again.

I mainly had bad experiences when trying to mix packages and hand build QGIS on the same system. Since I don’t use packages I have every version of QGIS installed for the last 6 or so releases in a pattern like this


I have little launcher scripts and .desktop files so that you can simply launch whichever version you want from gnome (or whatever DE you prefer). This all works seamlessly without any issue. I also have docker launchers set up in a similar way. Although I am a huge fan of docker, I actually think building multiple binaries into different prefixes gives you a better experience and would be my recommended approach if a user is able to compile themselves. I’ll make a little repo with my start scripts and .desktop files if that is useful to anyone (you just need to ensure you use the same INSTALL_PREFIX convention I do.



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