Use spyder 2 with KDE 4

Last Updated: 2015-04-12

I stumbled across a rather annoying inconvenience when using spyder 2 for python scripting and KDE as a desktop environment. Due to KDE and spyder both being qt-based, each software brings its own qt library, but unfortunately spyder (version 2.3.1) is build against another version of qt (namely 4.8.5) than kde, which ships with qt version 4.8.2. As a consequence you get the following error message if you try to start spyder:

Cannot mix incompatible Qt library (version 0x40802) with this library (version 0x40805)
[1] 19390 abort (core dumped) spyder

You can solve this problem by convincing spyder to use its own qt library by setting the environment variable QT_PLUGIN_PATH = "", i.e. deleting it. You can do so by adding two lines to spyder's bin file (mine is located under /opt/miniconda3/bin/spyder because i installed spyder via anaconda):

import os
os.environ['QT_PLUGIN_PATH'] = ""

After adding them, the content of the file should look like this:

import os
os.environ['QT_PLUGIN_PATH'] = ""
from spyderlib import start_app

After exporting this environment variable spyder starts just fine :).
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