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    Hi all!

    Has the Qt Virtual Keyboard (available since Qt 5.7) been packaged for OpenSUSE? Can't find the package anywhere (or I can't guess its name)...

    I wanted to test this in Wayland with a touchscreen!

    Cheers!

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    I'm trying a little "up" before the subject disappears in the limbo of the forums.

    Here's (I think) the package for Arch:
    https://www.archlinux.org/packages/e...rtualkeyboard/

    I can't find anything related to that name on OpenSuse...

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    if it's part of Qt 5.7 it might be available on TW as TW uses Qt 5.7 while leap is still on 5.5.1
    I can't seam to find any source of that package I wonder how the arch maintainers build it, maybe it's an example application from Qt?
    opensuse uses a different packaging scene then arch, there are already a few virtual keyboards for plasma 5 there is a plasmoid keyboard that comes with plasma 5 or you can install kvbd (it's Qt 4 but it works good)
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/kvkbd

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    Hi!

    Thanks for your reply.

    I guess I should have provided more context. This is what I mean:
    http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtvirtualkeyboard-index.html

    And it was used by Martin Gräßlin in Kwin/Wayland 5.7 to provide an virtual keyboard input for tablet/hybrid PCs (the feature I have been meaning to test):
    https://blog.martin-graesslin.com/bl...inwayland-5-7/

    Currently I'm using kvbd (and I'll continue to do so for the forseeable future, since Kwin/Wayland is not really production ready), but it is not very handy to use on a hybrid tablet: it does not remember its shape, size and location, and can be quite buggy to use with a touchscreen (resizing is nearly impossible, for some random reason...). Hence my wanting to test the new feature and get excited about the future (or not! ^^).

    But I guess, if the package does not exist, I'll have to wait, since my packaging skills (limited to change sources and versions of existing packages...) are outmatched by this task. Is there anywere where we can "request" a package?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyos View Post
    Hi!

    Thanks for your reply.

    I guess I should have provided more context. This is what I mean:
    http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/qtvirtualkeyboard-index.html

    And it was used by Martin Gräßlin in Kwin/Wayland 5.7 to provide an virtual keyboard input for tablet/hybrid PCs (the feature I have been meaning to test):
    https://blog.martin-graesslin.com/bl...inwayland-5-7/

    Currently I'm using kvbd (and I'll continue to do so for the forseeable future, since Kwin/Wayland is not really production ready), but it is not very handy to use on a hybrid tablet: it does not remember its shape, size and location, and can be quite buggy to use with a touchscreen (resizing is nearly impossible, for some random reason...). Hence my wanting to test the new feature and get excited about the future (or not! ^^).

    But I guess, if the package does not exist, I'll have to wait, since my packaging skills (limited to change sources and versions of existing packages...) are outmatched by this task. Is there anywere where we can "request" a package?
    As I thought it;s a demo application from Qt, as it needs Qt 5.7 it can only run on TW, nobody seams to have build it on OBS,
    there are several other virtual keyboards, the default on opensuse is kvkbd
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/kvkbd
    a few users have build onboard on OBS
    https://software.opensuse.org/package/onboard
    maybe a TW user will build it or make a project on OBS as currently it can not be found on OBS, I think the maintainers are busy with leap 42.2 which should be out in a few weeks and don't have time for 3rd projects, that project will build on TW and if you have TW you can try to build it (I'm on LEAP)
    the Link you posted as well as this thread might create some inters

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    OK thanks!

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    As far as I know, the Qt virtual kwayboard should be part of the standard Qt packages.
    The question is whether that feature is already enabled by default (or even included) in Plasma 5.8...

    I'm not completely sure though.

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    I just re-read this sentence in Martin's post:
    The virtual keyboard is integrated into KWin/Wayland making it part of our platform.
    So, I guess the code is in Kwin directly rather than requiring a Qt package?

    Nevertheless, with Plasma 5.7 and Qt 5.7, I can't manage to make this virtual keyboard happen. A system notification icons should appear in Plasma/Wayland, but it doesn't...
    Possibly Martin teased us with a feature that he implemented but is not yet reachable for users, he tends to do that sometimes!

    I'll give 5.8 a go when it'll land in TW I guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyos View Post
    So, I guess the code is in Kwin directly rather than requiring a Qt package?
    Some part is in kwin, AIUI.

    But it seems it also needs the qtvirtualkeyboard QML bindings...

    I built libqt5-qtvirtualkeyboard for you, so maybe try to install it:
    http://download.opensuse.org/reposit...nSUSE_Factory/

    I'm only using 13.2 here, so cannot test it, as I can't run a Wayland session.

    It's currently built without spell checking though, I have to add hunspell to the build requirements...

    Nevertheless, with Plasma 5.7 and Qt 5.7, I can't manage to make this virtual keyboard happen. A system notification icons should appear in Plasma/Wayland, but it doesn't...
    I'm not sure it was in Plasma 5.7 already.

    I'll give 5.8 a go when it'll land in TW I guess...
    Should be any day, you could install it from KDE:Frameworks5 now though if you don't want to wait.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 08-Oct-2016 at 14:21.

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    Thanks Wolfi323, I installed the package and tested again in Wayland, but still nothing unfortunately. The feature is supposed to be implemented in Plasma 5.7, according to Martin's post, but as I said, "implemented" and "discoverable by user" can be far away.

    I'll wait for 5.8 to land in TW, shouldn't be too long now, and try again. There's no hurry.

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