Setting up QBZR on OS X

Bzr is nice to use. It is tailored for the masses (of which I am a member). It has the usual UNIX support, but it has first-class Windows support, too. It has a nice UI if you want it. The community is great, too.

A few days ago I installed it on OS X and found that there was no UI support via Qt. Fortunately there are directions for setting it up here. Here are the steps that I followed:

  1. Installed bzr 1.14.1
  2. Installed Qt for Mac OS X Cocoa, qt-mac-cocoa-opensource-4.5.1.dmg, to the default location
  3. Verified its installation by running ’qtdemo’
  4. Installed sip, sip-4.7.9.tar.gz
  5. Installed PyQt, PyQt-mac-gpl-4.4.4.tar.gz (build took a relatively long time)
  6. Tried out qlog and qdiff and they worked fine

Now I am wondering if I should have just installed this using MacPorts.

Addendum: 06/21/09

Here are the directions that I followed from that link:

In order to install PyQt, you need to have SIP installed.
1) download and install QT4.x
2) get SIP from
$> python -d /Library/Python/2.5/site-packages
$> make
$> sudo make install
3) get PyQT from
$> python -q /bin/qmake -d /Library/Python/2.5/site-packages
$> make
$> sudo make install
Hope this helps to get qbzr working

BZR as of today works with Python 2.4 or greater. Leopard comes with both 2.3 and 2.5 installed; but defaults to 2.5.

I didn’t know where qmake was installed; and typing ’type -a qmake’ seemed to be the quickest way to find it.