remove QtGui dependence of kdecore

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Wed Jan 3 20:55:04 GMT 2007

Aaron J. Seigo wrote:
>this is indeed more problematic; we've moved to mostly using QVariant in
> the branch which brings the usage of QColor down to two instances in
> KConfig itself one of which is easily resolvable and one which is
> trickier.
>in the latter case, using QVariant::convert(Type) might help but it
> would bring several problems with it:
> - it would use a different storage format than the one in kde3 (hex
> #RGB as opposed to decimal r,g,b,a)
> - it doesn't support a format that includes a value for alpha
>so, this remains a problem. otherwise, there are no uses of QFont left
> in the branch.
>but KConfigSkeleton remains an issue. the api may be able to be reworked
>around QVariant similarly to how KConfig has been. i just haven't looked
> at this part of the puzzle that is kconfig yet =)

We could use the same trick that QVariant itself uses to handle the GUI 
types: we use a "virtual table" of sorts.

To simplify:

in kdecore (in a _p.h):
class KConfigCoreWriter
    virtual void writeEntry(KConfigBackend *, const QVariant &);
    virtual void readEntry(const KConfigBackend *, QVariant &);
    static KConfigCoreWriter *self;

in kdecore (in a .cpp):
KConfigCoreWriter *KConfigCoreWriter::self = new KConfigCoreWriter;

void KConfig::writeEntry(const QVariant &item)
    KConfigCoreWriter::self->writeEntry(d->backend, item);

in kdeui (in a .cpp):
class KConfigGuiWriter
    virtual void writeEntry(KConfigBackend *backend, const QVariant &item)
        switch (item->type())
        KConfigCoreWriter::writeEntry(backend, item);

    virtual void readEntry(const KConfigBackend *, QVariant &);

static int initFunction()
    delete KConfigCoreWriter::self;
    KConfigCoreWriter::self = new KConfigGuiWriter;

static int init_variable = initFunction();
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