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2 README for the eric6 IDE
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5 1. Installation
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7 Installing eric6 is a simple process. Just execute the ``install.py`` script
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8 (type ``python install.py -h`` for some help). Please note that the
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9 installation has to be performed using the administrators account (i.e. root
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10 on linux). This installs a wrapper script called eric6 in the standard
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11 executable directory.
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13 If you want to uninstall the package just execute the ``uninstall.py`` script.
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14 This gets rid of all installed files. In this case please send an email to the
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15 below mentioned address and tell me your reason. This might give me a hint on
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16 how to improve eric6.
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18 eric6 may be used with any combination of Python 3 or 2, Qt5 or Qt4 and
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19 PyQt5 or PyQt4. If the required packages (Qt5/4, QScintilla2, sip and PyQt5/4)
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20 are not installed, please get them and install them in the following order
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21 (order is important).
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23 1. Install Qt5 (from The Qt Company)
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25 2. Build and install QScintilla2 (from Riverbank Computing)
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27 3. Build and install sip (from Riverbank Computing)
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29 4. Build and install PyQt5 (from Riverbank Computing)
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31 5. Build and install QScintilla2 Python bindings
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32 (part of the QScintilla2 package)
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34 6. Install eric6
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36 If you want to use the interfaces to other supported software packages, you may
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37 install them in any order and at any time.
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39 Please note, that the QScintilla2 Python bindings have to be rebuild, if
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40 the PyQt5 package gets updated. If this step is omitted, a bunch of strange
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41 errors will occur.
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43 1.1 Installation on Windows®
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44 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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45 **Note:** This section is valid for PyQt4 and PyQt5 before 5.7.0.
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47 Installing eric6 on Windows® is even easier. Just download the PyQt5
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48 installer from Riverbank Computing and use it to install PyQt5. This includes
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49 all the required Qt5 libraries and tools as well as QScintilla. Once
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50 this installation is completed install eric6. That's all.
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52 1.2 Installation using PyQt5 wheels
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53 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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54 **Note:** This section is valid for PyQt5 5.7.0 or newer.
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56 Installing eric6 and its pre-requisites is even easier using the PyQt5 Python
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57 wheels. In order to have access to the suite of Qt tools and documentation it
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58 is recommended to install the Qt development environment. These tools are not
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59 part of the PyQt5 wheels.
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61 1. Download the Qt online installer from the Qt download site.
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63 2. Install Qt by executing the installer.
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65 3. Install the eric6 pre-requisites (PyQt, sip and QScintilla) by entering
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66 this command in a shell / command window::
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68 pip install qscintilla
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70 or ::
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72 pip3 install qscintilla
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74 This will install QScintilla and all dependencies, which are PyQt5 and sip.
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76 4. Install eric6 and configure the path to the Qt tools on the Qt page of the
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77 configuration dialog.
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79 5. Once the eric6 IDE is started the Qt documentation may be loaded into the
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80 eric web browser via the ``Settings ➡ Mange Qt Help Documents`` menu entry.
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84 Translations of the eric6 IDE are available as separate downloads. There
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85 are two ways to install them.
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87 The first possibility is to install them together with eric6. In order
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88 to do that, simply extract the downloaded archives into the same place
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89 as the eric6 archive and follow the installation instructions above.
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91 The second possibility is to install them separately. Extract the
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92 downloaded archives and execute the install-i18n.py script (type
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93 ``python install-i18n.py -h`` for some help). This way you can make the
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94 translations available to everybody or just to the user executing the
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95 installation command (if using the -p switch).
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97 3. Running
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99 Just call up eric6, which will start the IDE. Use the "what is"-help
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100 (arrow with ?) to get some help. The eric web site provides some
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104 eric6. The web browser can be started as a standalone program by executing the
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105 eric6_webbrowser script.
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107 Please note, the first time you start eric6 it will recognize, that it
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109 Please take your time and go through all the configuration items.
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110 However, every configuration option has a meaningful default value.
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112 4. Running from the sources
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114 If you want to run eric6 from within the source tree you have to execute
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233 the file README-eric6-doc.rst.
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234
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235 14. License
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236 -----------
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237 eric6 (and the others) is released under the conditions of the GPL. See
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238 separate license file for more details. Third party software included in
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239 eric6 is released under their respective license and contained in the
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240 eric6 distribution for convenience.
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241
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242 15. Bugs and other reports
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243 --------------------------
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244 Please send bug reports, feature requests or contributions to eric bugs
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245 address. After the IDE is installed you can use the "Report Bug..."
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246 entry of the Help menu, which will send an email to
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247 <eric-bugs@eric-ide.python-projects.org. To request a new feature use the
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248 "Request Feature..." entry of the Help menu, which will send an email to
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249 <eric-featurerequest@eric-ide.python-projects.org.
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251 Alternatively bugs may be reported via the eric6 issue tracker at
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252 <https://die-offenbachs.homelinux.org/issues/>.

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