Glib 1.060 (stable)

Glib provides Perl access to the GLib and GObject libraries. GLib is a portability and utility library; GObject provides a generic type system with inheritance and a powerful signal system. Together these libraries are used as the foundation for many of the libraries that make up the Gnome environment, and are used in many unrelated projects.

The source code is available from the gtk2-perl project page on sourceforge: group_id=64773&package_id=91217&release_id=267480

...and via anonymous cvs, tagged "rel-1-06-0" in the directory /gtk2-perl-xs/Glib .

This release works with all stable releases of glib-2.x.

In order to build Glib 1.060 from source, you must have glib-2.x and its development headers and utilities installed, as well as the pkg-config utility. In addition, the following Perl modules are needed at build time (but not at runtime):

  ExtUtils::Depends >= 0.200
  ExtUtils::PkgConfig >= 1.000

Overview of Changes in Glib 1.060

 Since 1.04x (the previous stable series)
  * Documentation fixes and improvements, including bugfixes in the
    documentation generation system.
  * Improved error messages in several places.
  * Code cleanup.
  * Thread compatibility enhancements
    - Disabled internal stash caching, which was broken to begin with.
- Added the ability to track Glib::Object instances so the bindings can
      maintain proper reference counts when the interpreter clones a new
      thread.  This feature must be enabled manually by calling
      Glib->set_threadsafe(TRUE) before creating threads or GObjects.
* More fundamental types are registered, e.g. Glib::UChar, Glib::Float, etc.
    This allows all paramspec types to be specified as package names.
Glib::UInt was previously misspelled as Glib::Uint; the old name is still allowed, but the new name will be returned from Glib in all instances.
  * The OUTPUT variant of T_GPERL_GENERIC_WRAPPER can now handle leading
    "const" and trailing asterisks, like the INPUT variant.
  * Greatly expanded GParamSpec support.
- Glib::ParamSpec instances are now blessed hash references containing a
      few special keys (same as the hashes previously returned from
Glib::Object::list_properties()) to retain backwards compatibility. - There are now accessors for all the member variables of the various GParamSpec subclasses (e.g., GParamInt's minimum, maximum, and default
      value); this tree is mapped as Glib::Param::<type>.
    - Glib::ParamSpec->param() now works.
    - All of this makes the Glib::Object "notify" signal usable.
  * Glib::Object subclassing enhancements
- Glib::Object::Subclass can now be used in evals and other situations, thanks to the removal of the CHECK block. This change is otherwise
    - Added fallback and explicit handlers for Glib::Object properties;
the fallback handlers store the property data in the instance variable
      under the hash key with the same name as the property.  Explicit
handlers may be specified at object creation time. See the docs for
      Glib::Type::register_object() for details.
  * API additions:
    - Glib::Object::notify()
    - char_own typedef and typemap.
    - Glib::MakeHelper::select_files_by_version() and
      Glib::MakeHelper::read_source_list_file() for use by Makefile.PLs.

 Since 1.055
  * Release prep.

muppet <scott at asofyet dot org>

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