GTK+ 2.17.2 released

GTK+ 2.17.2 is now available for download at:

md5 sums:
c88fef66585131b91a735870fbf6c7f0  gtk+-2.17.2.tar.bz2
9bdb6d5ff06413954196f035902f3100  gtk+-2.17.2.tar.gz

sha1 sums:
806bac1ff36d9b605036f79464487968ba4e6fc9  gtk+-2.17.2.tar.bz2
2274e9454b0824c0ff879d7e6d68cfd1b5dda5c4  gtk+-2.17.2.tar.gz

This is a development release leading up to GTK+ 2.18.


 * This is an unstable development release.
   It has had only little testing and there are unfinished
   features and plenty of bugs in this release. It should
   definitively not be used in production.

 * Installing this version will overwrite your existing
   copy of GTK+ 2.16. If you have problems, you'll need
   to reinstall GTK+ 2.16.

 * GTK+ 2.18 will be source and binary compatible with
   the GTK+ 2.16 series; however, the new API additions
   are not yet finalized, so there may be incompatibilities
   between this release and the final 2.18 release.

 * Bugs should be reported to

What is GTK+

GTK+ is a multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user
interfaces. Offering a complete set of widgets, GTK+ is suitable for
projects ranging from small one-off tools to complete application

GTK+ has been designed from the ground up to support a range of
languages, not only C/C++. Using GTK+ from languages such as Perl and
Python (especially in combination with the Glade GUI builder) provides
an effective method of rapid application development.

GTK+ is free software and part of the GNU Project. However, the
licensing terms for GTK+, the GNU LGPL, allow it to be used by all
developers, including those developing proprietary software, without
any license fees or royalties.

Where to get more information about GTK+

Information about GTK+ including links to documentation can be
found at:

An installation guide for GTK+ 2.x is found at:

Common questions:


GTK+ is a large project and relies on voluntary contributions.
We are actively searching for new contributors in various areas
and invite everyone to help project development.
If you are willing to participate, please subscribe to the project
mailing lists to offer your help and read over our list of vacant
project tasks:

Overview of Changes from GTK+ 2.17.1 to 2.17.2

* GtkInfoBar: A new widget to show a transient 'message area'
  inside a content pane. The API is similar to GtkDialog and
  supports theming for different message types (warnings,
  errors, etc)

* GtkFileChooser:
  - Improve path bar by ellipsizing long names and preventing
    vertical size changes
  - Backup files are now hidden by default
  - GTK+ remembers the file chooser sorting state now

* GtkButtonBox: Implements the GtkOrientable interface now.

* Printing:
 - GTK+ supports printing an application-defined 'selection' now,
   in addition to usual page ranges.

* Changes that are relevant for theme authors:
 - The new GtkInfoBar widget uses symbolic colors for theming
   its background color depending on the message type. By default,
   it uses the same background color as tooltips. This can be turned
   off with style property.
 - The GTK+ file chooser (as well as nautilus and other users of GIO
   icon information) can now show different icons for xdg user dirs.
   The icon names are folder-documents, folder-download, folder-music,
   folder-pictures, folder-publicshare, folder-templates, folder-videos,
   with an automatic fallback to the standard folder icon.

* Bugs fixed:
 584021 titchy leak
 579590 gtk_entry_set_icon_from_stock should warn when invalid st...
 584125 GtkAssistant asserts if last page is GTK_ASSISTANT_PAGE_C...
 171416 Resume editing if name of new folder is "Type name of new...
 420335 Page assignment when printing 4 pages to a sheet
 161670 Bad behaviour from gtk_file_chooser_set_filename
 327152 Long names in the FileChooserDialog directory buttons sho...
 355851 File Dialog shows Backup Files
 390312 Gtk grabs keyboard on DND
 486839 Filechooser 'Places' items should not move up and down th...
 562335 Deprecate gtk_tree_view_column_get_cell_renderers and gtk...
 565317 Resulting image of GtkCellRendererPixbuf depends on order...
 565998 configure script doesn't check for cairo-xlib.pc
 580079 Better configure detection of Xinerama on Solaris
 580511 gdk_x11_atom_to_xatom_for_display translates GDK_NONE as ...
 580560 Backspace key does not go to the parent directory
 584598 GtkButtonBox silently ignores gtk_orientable_set_orientation
 584637 Missing conditionals for X11 shape extension in GdkWindow
 584805 GtkEntryCompletion selection reset when calling gtk_entry...
 584832 Duplicate the exec string returned by gtk_recent_info_get...
 585024 some gtksettings properties need extra initialisation
 585371 Add additional sizes to the font selector
 585791 use g_*gettext instead of *gettext directly
 562579 [Patch] Remove error dialog when directory does not exist
 344519 custom print ranges
 484922 Should remember the sort state of columns
 555344 consider adding a message area widget

* Updated translations:
 Brazilian Portuguese
 Bengali India
 Norwegian bokmål

Thanks to the contributors, including:
Caolan McNamara
Cody Russell
Marek Kasik
Brian Cameron
Denis Chertykov
Björn Lindqvist
Christian Persch
Federico Mena Quintero
Milan Bouchet-Valat
Benjamin Gramlich
Davyd Madeley
Michael Natterer
Daniel Elstner
Emmanuele Bassi

June 15, 2009
Matthias Clasen

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