GLib/GObject+C as the lingua franca? (was: kwallet and QCA)

koos vriezen koos.vriezen at
Fri Jul 25 21:51:05 BST 2008

2008/7/25 Stefan Teleman <stefan.teleman at>:
> On Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 3:42 PM, koos vriezen <koos.vriezen at> wrote:
>> No, because when we need something that uses another toolkit to play
>> nicely in KDE, the dependencies should be as small as possible. Just a
>> quick example:
>> $ nm -D /usr/lib/ |grep ' T ' |wc -l
>> 8932
>> $ nm -D /usr/lib/ |grep ' T ' |wc -l
>> 3535
>> so almost a triple extra symbols to resolve at load time.
>> Maybe some 'use Qt for every job' may dislike gtk or plain C in
>> general, but a. they either have no clue what happening beneath it
>> and/or b. are too stubborn to look over their horizon anyhow. Others
>> will pick up the job.
>> Btw. Vala is a nice alternative to get a nice OO language w/o extra
>> dependencies (for as long as it takes of course)
> Yes, and duplicating already existing work -- especially when backed
> by the "too many symbols in shared library" argument --  is *always*
> the best alternative. Even more so when said existing work does have

I don't understand. Why is that argument special?

> some successful history of being maintained, and being used in other
> applications.

Well, maybe I missed the point and is it about nice API for end
application developers. My impression though was syntactic (yes no
synthetic :) sugar for the GIO <-> KIO layer. In which I wonder how
many hack on this anyhow. So the best alternative IMO is not to wrap.

> --Stefan
> --
> Stefan Teleman
> KDE e.V.
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