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Glib::Object - Bindings for GObject


GObject is the base object class provided by the gobject library. It provides object properties with a notification system, and emittable signals.

Glib::Object is the corresponding Perl object class. Glib::Objects are represented by blessed hash references, with a magical connection to the underlying C object.




object = $class->new (...)

Instantiate a Glib::Object of type $class. Any key/value pairs in ... are used to set properties on the new object; see set. This is designed to be inherited by Perl-derived subclasses (see Glib::Object::Subclass), but you can actually use it to create any GObject-derived type.

scalar = Glib::Object->new_from_pointer ($pointer, $noinc=FALSE)

Create a Perl Glib::Object reference for the C object pointed to by $pointer. You should need this very rarely; it's intended to support foreign objects.

NOTE: the cast from arbitrary integer to GObject may result in a core dump without warning, because the type-checking macro G_OBJECT() attempts to dereference the pointer to find a GTypeClass structure, and there is no portable way to validate the pointer.

unsigned = $object->get_data ($key)

Fetch the integer stored under the object data key $key. These values do not have types; type conversions must be done manually. See set_data.

$object->set_data ($key, $data)

GObject provides an arbitrary data mechanism that assigns unsigned integers to key names. Functionality overlaps with the hash used as the Perl object instance, so we strongly recommend you use hash keys for your data storage. The GObject data values cannot store type information, so they are not safe to use for anything but integer values, and you really should use this method only if you know what you are doing.

pspec = $object_or_class_name->find_property ($name)

Find the definition of object property $name for $object_or_class_name; for the returned data see Glib::Object::list_properties.


Stops emission of "notify" signals on $object. The signals are queued until thaw_notify is called on $object.

$object->get (...)

Fetch and return the values for the object properties named in ....

$object->set (key => $value, ...)

Set object properties.

list = $object_or_class_name->list_properties

List all the object properties for $object_or_class_name; returns them as a list of hashes, containing these keys:

The name of the property
The type of the property
The type that owns the property
The description of the property
The Glib::ParamFlags of the property

$object->notify ($property_name)

Emits a "notify" signal for the property $property on $object.

gpointer = $object->get_pointer

Complement of new_from_pointer.

$object->get_property (...)

Alias for get.

$object->set_property (key => $value, ...)

Alias for set.

unsigned = $object_or_class_name->signal_add_emission_hook ($detailed_signal, $hook_func, $hook_data=undef)

Add an emission hook for a signal. The hook will be called for any emission of that signal, independent of the instance. This is possible only for signals which don't have the G_SIGNAL_NO_HOOKS flag set.

The $hook_func should be reference to a subroutine that looks something like this:

  sub emission_hook {
      my ($invocation_hint, $parameters, $hook_data) = @_;
      # $parameters is a reference to the @_ to be passed to
      # signal handlers, including the instance as $parameters->[0].
      return $stay_connected;  # boolean

This function returns an id that can be used with remove_emission_hook.

Since 1.100.

list = $instance->signal_chain_from_overridden (...)

Chain up to an overridden class closure; it is only valid to call this from a class closure override.

Translation: because of various details in how GObjects are implemented, the way to override a virtual method on a GObject is to provide a new "class closure", or default handler for a signal. This happens when a class is registered with the type system (see Glib::Type::register and Glib::Object::Subclass). When called from inside such an override, this method runs the overridden class closure. This is equivalent to calling $self->SUPER::$method (@_) in normal Perl objects.

unsigned = $instance->signal_connect ($detailed_signal, $callback, $data=undef)

Register callback to be called on each emission of $detailed_signal. Returns an identifier that may be used to remove this handler with $object->signal_handler_disconnect.

unsigned = $instance->signal_connect_after ($detailed_signal, $callback, $data=undef)

Like signal_connect, except that $callback will be run after the default handler.

unsigned = $instance->signal_connect_swapped ($detailed_signal, $callback, $data=undef)

Like signal_connect, except that $data and $object will be swapped on invocation of $callback.

retval = $object->signal_emit ($name, ...)

Emit the signal name on $object. The number and types of additional arguments in ... are determined by the signal; similarly, the presence and type of return value depends on the signal being emitted.

$ihint = $instance->signal_get_invocation_hint

Get a reference to a hash describing the innermost signal currently active on $instance. Returns undef if no signal emission is active. This invocation hint is the same object passed to signal emission hooks, and contains these keys:

The name of the signal being emitted.
The detail passed on for this emission. For example, a notify signal will have the property name as the detail.
The current stage of signal emission, one of "run-first", "run-last", or "run-cleanup".

$object->signal_handler_block ($handler_id)

$object->signal_handler_disconnect ($handler_id)

boolean = $object->signal_handler_is_connected ($handler_id)

$object->signal_handler_unblock ($handler_id)

integer = $instance->signal_handlers_block_by_func ($func, $data=undef)

integer = $instance->signal_handlers_disconnect_by_func ($func, $data=undef)

integer = $instance->signal_handlers_unblock_by_func ($func, $data=undef)

scalar = $object_or_class_name->signal_query ($name)

Look up information about the signal $name on the instance type $object_or_class_name, which may be either a Glib::Object or a package name.

See also Glib::Type::list_signals, which returns the same kind of hash refs as this does.

Since 1.080.

$object_or_class_name->signal_remove_emission_hook ($signal_name, $hook_id)

Remove a hook that was installed by add_emission_hook.

Since 1.100.

$instance->signal_stop_emission_by_name ($detailed_signal)


Reverts the effect of a previous call to freeze_notify. This causes all queued "notify" signals on $object to be emitted.

boolean = Glib::Object->set_threadsafe ($threadsafe)

Enables/disables threadsafe gobject tracking. Returns whether or not tracking will be successful and thus whether using perl ithreads will be possible.

$object->tie_properties ($all=FALSE)

A special method avaiable to Glib::Object derivatives, it uses perl's tie facilities to associate hash keys with the properties of the object. For example:

  # equivilent to $button->set (label => 'Hello World');
  $button->{label} = 'Hello World';
  print "the label is: ".$button->{label}."\n";

Attempts to write to read-only properties will croak, reading a write-only property will return '[write-only]'.

Care must be taken when using tie_properties with objects of types created with Glib::Object::Subclass as there may be clashes with existing hash keys that could cause infinite loops. The solution is to use custom property get/set functions to alter the storage locations of the properties.


notify (Glib::Object, Glib::ParamSpec)


flags Glib::SignalFlags




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