Re: Pango/GLib debugging in VS2015

I got it.

It was bad reference algebra, due to my inexperience with pango layout lines. I assumed `pango_layout_get_line_read_only' calls were incrementing the line's reference count, and calling `pango_layout_line_unref' in tandem.

Obvious in hindsight.

Rafal was onto it in his original response.

On 7 July 2017 at 17:22, Jeffrey Sheen <jeffrey sheen00 alumni imperial ac uk> wrote:
Dear list,

I have started to build my own GTK Win32 DLLs using the gvsbuild project, as suggested by Nacho.

However, these DLLs exhibit the same behaviour of a `magazine_chain_pop_head' being called on a NULL, after an arbitrary number of `pango_layout_clear_lines' calls being made.

Chun-wei suggested building the GTK libraries to be thread safe. How can I achieve this? Are there preprocessor flags to be set by the compiler?

I would like to have the most conservatively stable, and verbose version of the libraries to test against.

P.S. is anyone out there using these libraries in the wild for Win32, and calling Pango and Cairo functions directly?

On 6 June 2017 at 21:13, Jeffrey Sheen <> wrote:
Thank you both for the advice.

I'll start the process of rebuilding GTK myself.

N.B. Win XP will ultimately be a build target (legacy requirement). How can I determine the latest compatible versions of the component libraries?

On 6 Jun 2017 07:43, "Ignacio Casal Quinteiro" <nacho resa gmail com> wrote:

I would also like to point you out which is a fork of gtk-win32 having the packages more updated.


On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 2:45 AM, Chun-wei Fan (范君維) via gtk-list <gtk-list gnome org> wrote:

Hi Jeffrey,

The issue seems like that we need to get PangoWin32 (and if you are doing this via Cairo, Cairo) thread-safe on Windows.  You might need to for the time being use a private thread (or so) to do this.

With blessings, and cheers!

Jeffrey Sheen 於 2017/6/6 上午 07:35 寫道:
N.B. I've found pdb files related to the GTK DLLs distributed as part of the hexchat gtk-win32 project (

Executing with these in place, the VS 2015 debugger is showing me that there is an intermittent issue when "pango_layout_clear_lines" is called.

Ultimately a NULL pointer is passed to glib's "magazine_chain_prepare_fields" function.

The issue can be recreated by creating and destroying a UI dialogue a specific number of times. Each text block in the UI dialogue is rendered by creating and destroying PangoLayout and PangoFontDescription objects.

As this is an intermittent issue, and at a glib memory management level, I am not sure how to proceed.

Any advice would be appreciated.

On 5 June 2017 at 20:08, Jeffrey Sheen <> wrote:
Dear list,

I've got an issue with Pango, and have tried asking around in the GTK channel on, but no bites.

Memory Access Violations are occurring upon PangoLayout function calls. I'm developing in MS VS2015, with no error text sent to output terminal.

It's a post "pango_layout_set_text" call to "pango_layout_get_pixel_extents" that's bombing out in "gobject-2.0.dll".

Do you have any tips on how to debug GTK in  VS?

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