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Re: [Bug-gnubg] GTK3

From: Michael Petch
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] GTK3
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:47:31 -0700
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On 2015-01-16 4:03 PM, Philippe Michel wrote:
> On Fri, 16 Jan 2015, Michael Petch wrote:
>> If one looks closely at the the GTK code you'll also find it littered
>> with #if (USE_GTKUIMANAGER) . This was to start migrating to GTK3 (was
>> never finished). Those ifdefs are quite significant. For the menus and
>> toolbars we were using deprecated GTK APIs.
> Could you summarize the issues with GTK3 ? I thought there remained
> something related to list widgets and the lack of GL integration.

I should point out that I didn't mean to imply that the GTKUIMANAGER was
a hurdle to have things working on GTK3. I was referring to (at the
time) that it was one of two major items that needed to be resolved just
to eliminate the deprecated API calls we use. Where I left off in 2011
was (from memory):

Building with -DGTK_DISABLE_DEPRECATED and -DGSEAL_ENABLE built clean

1) Gtk UIManager is all english (the translations have to be modified in
such away that they are properly associated with the UIMANAGER). But it
compiled clean.
2) GtkCList needs to be converted to use something like GtkTreeView. See
.I believe we only have one of these left and that is in the Game List
(the pane that displays all the moves made in a game)

I actually got a clean build with -DGTK_DISABLE_DEPRECATED and
-DGSEAL_ENABLE at one point. One a virtual machine I have a version of
the Game List pane where I removed GtkCList in favor of a number of
GTKTreeView objects bundled into a pain. For the most part it worked
with one glaring bug. The main window would resize itself when you
clicked on an individual move and pulled up the analysis. Besides that
it did work well (even better than the original). I seem to recall
allowing keyboard navigation functioning as a side effect (There may
have been a minor bug with the arrows as I recall but nothing
substantial). I will dig up that code if someone is interested in
looking at it. I remember working on it over the course of a weekend so
the code itself may be rough around the edges.

Likely by now there are more deprecated fetaures we need to work around
as you may have encountered in what you mentioned later in your email.
This isn't surprising since I haven't built with

Assuming that you can build cleanly with -DGTK_DISABLE_DEPRECATED and
-DGSEAL_ENABLE the problems become more complex.

1) Worst one is that we require GtkGlExt to support 3D boards. GtkGlExt
as far as I know is still not supported under Gtk3. So we may have to
find some alternative to GtkGlExt. The work on this will definitely nt
be trivial. It will be pretty involved.
2) I seem to recall we have some issues with Gdk and Cairo. Drawing on a
cairo object is different. The amount of code we would be looking at
changing isn't all that much. This issue is far less involved than #1.
3) Other more minor things across the code to get Gtk3 to work,
including modifying our configure.ac accordingly.

Somewhere along the line I commented out the code that had Gdk/Cairo
issues and made some modifications across the code base and was able to
build a 2D GTK3 release (using my updated Game List code). just to see
if it would load. I do believe it did.

If we exclude Board 3D I believe we are most of the way to getting
support for Gtk3.

> gnubgstock.c:48:14: warning: 'gdk_pixbuf_new_from_inline' is deprecated
>       [-Wdeprecated-declarations]
>     pixbuf = gdk_pixbuf_new_from_inline(-1, inline_data, FALSE, NULL);

It looks as if we need to amend this code to use GResource instead. I'll
have to investigate what it will take to convert this code. It is
curious because I don't recall this being something I identified as
being deprecated previously, although it is clear from 2.32.0 that is
the case.

What version of Gtk are you using (and what environment - OS/Distro and

Michael Petch
GNU Backgammon Maintainer / Developer
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