Re: Restricting possible connections

I have been experimenting with doing something
like that, too.  Why?  I want to be able to have a set
of "idiot-proof" objects for a Dia user to lay out a
computer network diagram.  For example, the user
shouldnt be able to connect something like a PC object
directly to something like a microwave transmitter
object.  Or, a USB printer object shouldnt be
connectable to a 10BaseT repeater object.

I had pretty good success with the following (crude!)
  1. hack diagram_update_connections_object()
     to force a redraw of the connected object

  2. for specific objects that you want restricted
     connection functionality, add code to the
     DrawFunc routine to analyze (and disconnect
     as appropriate) the objects that are 

Definitely not ideal (DrawFunc gets fired for a
variety of reasons), but it worked.

--- Lars Clausen <lrclause cs uiuc edu> wrote:
On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, ml knorke in-berlin de wrote:

I think about writing a new dia module, where
objects can be connected only to certain others. 
(How) can
I disallow connections between arbitrary objects? 
I.e. I
have object types A, B, and C - while connections
A-B and A-C are allowed, but B-C should not be

That's a good question.  There's no callback on
connection, so there isn't
a direct way to do that.  Can you give an example of
where this would be
useful?  Wouldn't be hard to add something to ask
the object if it'll
accept the connection, and have it default to always


Lars Clausen (|

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