Re: Multithreaded gtk apps


On 14 January 2013 14:53, Phillip Susi <psusi ubuntu com> wrote:

> So the official documentation is wrong?

the documentation says:

 GTK+ is "thread aware" but not thread safe — it provides a global lock
 controlled by gdk_threads_enter()/gdk_threads_leave() which protects
 all use of GTK+. That is, only one thread can use GTK+ at any given

 You must call gdk_threads_init() before executing any other GTK+ or
 GDK functions in a threaded GTK+ program.


 Unfortunately, all of the above documentation holds with the X11
 backend only. With the Win32 backend, GDK and GTK+ calls should
 not be attempted from multiple threads at all. Combining the GDK lock
 with other locks such as the Python global interpreter lock can be

furthermore, gdk_threads_enter() and gdk_threads_leave() have been
deprecated since GTK+ 3.6.

> I need to return the results of the dialog box so an idle won't work
> for me.

you can raise the dialog from the main thread, and use a condition and
a shared variable to notify the thread with the user-supplied value.

the important thing is that you cannot call GTK functions from a
thread other than the one that called gtk_init()/gtk_main().



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