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gconf-backend

Synopsis

struct              GConfBackendVTable;
                    GConfBackend;
gchar *             gconf_address_backend               (const gchar *address);
gchar *             gconf_address_resource              (const gchar *address);
gchar *             gconf_backend_file                  (const gchar *address);
GConfBackend *      gconf_get_backend                   (const gchar *address,
                                                         GError **err);
void                gconf_backend_ref                   (GConfBackend *backend);
void                gconf_backend_unref                 (GConfBackend *backend);
GConfSource *       gconf_backend_resolve_address       (GConfBackend *backend,
                                                         const gchar *address,
                                                         GError **err);

Description

Details

struct GConfBackendVTable

struct GConfBackendVTable {
  /* Set to sizeof (GConfBackendVTable) - used for future proofing */
  gsize                  vtable_size;

  void                (* shutdown)        (GError** err);

  GConfSource*        (* resolve_address) (const gchar* address,
                                           GError** err);

  /* Thread locks. If the backend is thread-safe, then these
   * can be NULL. If per-source locks are needed, then these
   * calls should lock a mutex stored in the GConfSource.
   * If a per-backend lock is needed, then the calls can ignore
   * their source argument and lock the whole backend.
   */
  void                (* lock)            (GConfSource* source,
                                           GError** err);

  void                (* unlock)          (GConfSource* source,
                                           GError** err);

  /* Report whether a given key (and its subkeys) can be read/written.
   * Sources may not permit reading/writing from/to /foo but forbid
   * writing to /foo/bar; if a key can be read or written then its
   * subkeys may also be read/written.
   *
   * This field allows backends to be configured so that they only
   * store certain kinds of data in certain sections of the GConf
   * namespace.
   *
   * If these functions return an error, they MUST return FALSE as
   * well.
   */

  gboolean           (* readable)         (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           GError** err);

  gboolean           (* writable)        (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           GError** err);
  
  /* schema_name filled if NULL or GCONF_VALUE_IGNORE_SUBSEQUENT returned.
     if schema_name is NULL, it isn't filled */
  GConfValue*         (* query_value)     (GConfSource* source, 
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           const gchar** locales,
                                           gchar** schema_name,
                                           GError** err);
  
  GConfMetaInfo*      (* query_metainfo)  (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           GError** err);
  
  void                (* set_value)       (GConfSource* source, 
                                           const gchar* key, 
                                           const GConfValue* value,
                                           GError** err);

  /* Returns list of GConfEntry with key set to a relative
   * pathname. In the public client-side API the key
   * is always absolute though.
   */
  GSList*             (* all_entries)     (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* dir,
                                           const gchar** locales,
                                           GError** err);

  /* Returns list of allocated strings, relative names */
  GSList*             (* all_subdirs)     (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* dir,
                                           GError** err);

  void                (* unset_value)     (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           const gchar* locale,
                                           GError** err);

  gboolean            (* dir_exists)      (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* dir,
                                           GError** err);
        
  void                (* remove_dir)      (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* dir,
                                           GError** err);
  
  void                (* set_schema)      (GConfSource* source,
                                           const gchar* key,
                                           const gchar* schema_key,
                                           GError** err);

  gboolean            (* sync_all)        (GConfSource* source,
                                           GError** err);

  void                (* destroy_source)  (GConfSource* source);

  /* This is basically used by the test suite */
  void                (* clear_cache)     (GConfSource* source);

  /* used by gconf-sanity-check */
  void                (* blow_away_locks) (const char *address);

  void                (* set_notify_func) (GConfSource           *source,
					   GConfSourceNotifyFunc  notify_func,
					   gpointer               user_data);

  void                (* add_listener)    (GConfSource           *source,
					   guint                  id,
					   const gchar           *namespace_section);

  void                (* remove_listener) (GConfSource           *source,
					   guint                  id);
};

The GConfBackendVTable is a table of methods that any GConf backend must implement. The dynamically loaded library module should export a function called gconf_backend_get_vtable() that returns a pointer to a GConfBackendVTable.

Here is the specification of the vtable members:

vtable_size The size of the vtable structure. This is used by the daemon to ensure that a mismatch between the version of GConf the backend was compiled against and the version the daemon was compiled against can be handled gracefully. Set this field to sizeof (GConfBackendVtable).
shutdown Called prior to unloading the dynamic module. Should ensure that no functions or static/global variables from the module will ever be accessed again. Should free any memory that the backend no longer needs.
resolve_address Should create a GConfSource for accessing the supplied address. Should set the GCONF_SOURCE_ALL_READABLE and GCONF_SOURCE_ALL_WRITEABLE flags if appropriate. If these are not set, the backend must implement the writable and readable methods. If NULL is returned, then the error should be set.
lock If the backend is thread safe (does its own locking or whatever), then lock and unlock can be NULL. If the backend requires a lock for each source, then lock and unlock should lock/unlock that lock. If the backend has a global lock for all uses of the backend, then lock and unlock should ignore their arguments and lock the entire backend.
unlock See description of lock.
readable If the GCONF_SOURCE_ALL_READABLE flag is set, this method is never called and may be NULL. If GCONF_SOURCE_ALL_READABLE is unset, and this method is NULL, then the source is write-only. If this method is implemented, it should return TRUE if the given key could be read from the given source. TRUE should be returned even if the key is unset; this function returns something similar to permissions, it is not asking whether the key exists. If an error is set, then FALSE must be returned.
writable Analagous to readable, but for writing.
query_value This method must be implemented if the source is readable. It returns the value of a key. The "locales" argument is a NULL-terminated vector of locale names, where the first locale in the vector is the preferred locale, the next is the second choice, etc. if the "schema_name" argument is non-NULL, then it should be filled with an allocated string giving the name of the schema attached to the key, if and only if NULL is returned. This is an optimization to avoid looking up the same key again in the database if it's unset and we need to ask for its default value from the schema. If NULL is returned, indicating that the key is unset, then schema_name should not be filled in. If this method sets an error, NULL must be returned. It may not set an error while also returning a value. The returned value will be destroyed by the caller, so should be a copy of the backend's internal data.
query_metainfo This method must be implemented. If any metainfo is available about a key, it returns a GConfMetaInfo with that metainfo set. If none is available, NULL is returned. NULL should also be returned if an error is set.
set_value This method must be implemented if the source is writable. It sets the value of a key. If the key is already set, its value should be replaced. Setting a value should update the modification time of the key.
all_entries This method must be implemented. It returns a list of all keys in the given directory for which some information is available (metainfo or values). The returned list should contain GConfEntry objects. On error, NULL should be returned and the error set. Subdirectories should not be included in the returned list. The list and the GConfEntry objects will be freed by the caller.
all_subdirs This method must be implemented. It returns a list of all the subdirectories in a given directory. It should return the subdirectories as relative paths, i.e. there should not be any slashes in the subdirectory name. Each subdirectory in the list should be an allocated string; the list and the strings will be freed by the caller.
unset_value If the given key has a value, then this method should unset the value. If a value is unset, subsequent calls to query_value should return NULL. If the locale string passed in to unset_value is non-NULL, then only the value for that locale should be unset. If NULL, the value should be globally unset for all locales.
dir_exists Determines whether a directory exists. Should return TRUE if there is a directory with the given name.
remove_dir Should remove a directory, recursively: including all its subdirectories and all the values and keys inside the directory.
set_schema Should associate a schema name with a key.
sync_all Should ensure that all data is stored on permanent media, or whatever makes sense for the backend. Called periodically by the GConf daemon.
destroy_source Should destroy a source obtained with resolve_address.
clear_cache Discard any cached data after saving the data to permanent storage.
blow_away_locks Unconditionally discard any locks whether they are stale or otherwise in order to force the backend to be able to obtain access to its data store.
set_notify_func If the backend wishes to notify the daemon of changes in the value of keys it must implement this method. In order to notify the daemon of a change, the backend should invoke the supplied notify_func with user_data. Backends must not notify the daemon of changes which the daemon has not expressed interest in by adding a listener with add_listener. Also, the backend must make every effort to minimise the number of notifications it emits. For example, if the daemon has added a listener for /apps and another for /apps/foo and the value of /apps/foo/bar changes, the backend should only emit a single notification.
add_listener If it is possible for entries to be changed concurrently by another daemon, the backend may support notifying the daemon (and any listening clients) of such changes. This function should add a listener to a section of the tree and when any of the following events occur, the backend should invoke the notify function with the key that has changed:
  • If the entry is set or unset

  • If the entry's value changes

  • If the entry's schema name changes

  • If the entry is a schema and its value in any locale changes

Note, the backend should not notify the daemon of any changes that originated from the daemon itself.
remove_listener Remove a listener added with add_listener. The listener is identified by the integer supplied.


GConfBackend

typedef struct {
  const gchar* name;
  guint refcount;
  GConfBackendVTable vtable;
  GModule* module;
} GConfBackend;


gconf_address_backend ()

gchar *             gconf_address_backend               (const gchar *address);


gconf_address_resource ()

gchar *             gconf_address_resource              (const gchar *address);


gconf_backend_file ()

gchar *             gconf_backend_file                  (const gchar *address);


gconf_get_backend ()

GConfBackend *      gconf_get_backend                   (const gchar *address,
                                                         GError **err);


gconf_backend_ref ()

void                gconf_backend_ref                   (GConfBackend *backend);


gconf_backend_unref ()

void                gconf_backend_unref                 (GConfBackend *backend);


gconf_backend_resolve_address ()

GConfSource *       gconf_backend_resolve_address       (GConfBackend *backend,
                                                         const gchar *address,
                                                         GError **err);

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