Re: Correct way to delete widgets? (Memleak)

Richard Fish <> writes:

> Consider the following code:
> #include <gtk/gtk.h>
> int main(int argc, char **argv) {
>   int i;
>   GtkWidget * l;
>   gtk_init(&argc,&argv);
>   for (i=0; i<100000; i++) {
>     l=gtk_label_new("Hello");
>     gtk_object_unref((GtkObject *)l);
>     l=gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
>     gtk_object_destroy((GtkObject *)l);
>   }
>   exit(0);
> }
> This code compiles and runs succesfully, with no memory leaks.  However,
> if I change the gtk_object_unref to gtk_object_destroy, I get a memory
> leak, because the ref count never makes it to 0.  On the other hand, if
> I change the gtk_object_destroy to gtk_object_unref, I get an assertion
> error in gtk_object_unref because the reference count has dropped too
> low.
> I'm assuming this is a doesn't make sense to have to use
> different deletion methods depending upon the widget you are dealing
> with.  But which one is broken?

See docs/refcounting.txt. It's a little technical, but it
should explain why the above works as it does.


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