Re: gtkmm-4: Widget wrappers can't be deleted like in gtkmm-3
On Fri, 1 Dec 2017 13:35:01 +0100
Kjell Ahlstedt <kjellahlstedt gmail com> wrote:
Changes in gtk+-4 make it impossible to delete C++ widget wrappers
like it's done in Gtk::Object::~Object() and
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=773642#c20. How can we do
it in gtkmm-4? Comments ans suggestions are welcome.
I guess one approach is to retain the Gtk::Widget/Gtk::Window class for
top level widgets, on which gtk_widget_destroy() can be called with the
correct result, and to manage everything else by operating only on the
GObject reference count (as with Glib::RefPtr) and by adding and
removing widgets from their containers. That is essentially (and
somewhat fortuitously) what a wrapper of my own which I sometimes use
does, and what (as I understand it) C code is supposed to do with GTK+4.
It would however give rise to a fearsome amount of work and a complete
redesign of the interfaces, which I imagine would not be welcome to
There may be an easier fix. See https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=773642#22.
Gtk::Object::_release_c_instance(): Don't release if in a container
Don't release the C instance, if it's a widget in a container widget.
Just steal the GQuark that points from the C instance to the C++ wrapper,
and accept that a new wrapper is later created, if necessary.
Nowadays it's difficult to know which container the widget has been added to.
It's not necessarily the one returned by gtk_widget_get_parent().
Bug 773642 comments 20-22. See also gtk+ bug 786048 comment 5.
With this patch all demo programs run without segfault and without messages that relate
to destruction of C instances.