The Arch Linux aarch64 image used to require some fiddling to hit functionality. Now that there is an official Arch pi image for aarch64, I decided to give it a bash.


If cross compiling against this root image, be aware of fully qualified symlinks:

[root@qpi3 ~]# ls -la /lib/ lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 32 Jan 7 03:25 /lib/ -> /usr/lib/mesa/

which will contaminate your compile with host libs and make your Qt tests barf in a hard to debug fashion. I personally use the symlinks rather than hacking together my own bash scripts.

symlinks -c /lib (turns out symlinks creates broken symlinks when passed a dir which is itself a symlink) cd /usr/lib && symlinks -cr .

and you are done.


There is not a hell of a lot to relate.

pacman -S qt

qmlscene ~/moo.qml -platform eglfs

where moo.qml is a minimal example, quick qualified that everything was functioning with any effort on my part; Qt applications work out of the box on the framebuffer with full GLES2 acceleration. I grabbed the art application I tend to use my Pi’s for, and after compilation had immediate success. That is, I had complete success for a couple minutes, at which point my app seizes heavily. I am still actively debugging this.

The default Qt plugin is still xcb, so you have to explicitly pass the eglfs platform flag as documented above. Either that or export QT_QPA_PLATFORM=eglfs in your environment to override this default.


  • Verify state of Qt wayland on this image