[Geany-Devel] RFC: Policy for Glade File Updates

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Sun Oct 6 11:45:11 UTC 2013

On 6 October 2013 22:21, Thomas Martitz <
thomas.martitz at student.htw-berlin.de> wrote:

> Am 03.10.2013 02:00, schrieb Lex Trotman:
>>     Is there a problem with this approach?
>> That means when the minimum version of GTK is increased we will have to
>> upgrade to version of Glade that supports the new widgets that come with
>> the new GTK.  And then apply the fixes.  So along with lack of windows
>> maintenance (please lets deprecate it) we now have Glade upgrade issues
>> slowing the movement of GTK versions.
> Ok I see you try to avoid anything which could possible mean more
> maintenance work, even if only in theory :)
> Anyway, the glade version needs only to be updated if we also make use of
> newer widgets _and_ don't implement them programmatically. This seems like
> a very rare event, and even then applying fixes is as easy as git rebase.
> For the vast majority of time our set-in-stone, fixed Glade can be used
> without extra effort.
> But you need to see it from another POV: Doing this enables us, and more
> importantly new and fresh contributors, to use Glade for the Geany UI. This
> clearly outweighs the very little extra maintenance effort. And I would
> argue that this even reduces maintenance effort overall since we don't have
> to worry about geany.xml anymore.
Well, I am wondering how much change is going to happen to the UI within
the life of Geany on 2.x?  But if you think there are major changes to be
made then I understand the attraction of using Glade rather than editing
XML (shudder).

Its not just using different versions either, some versions of Glade seem
to delight in producing noise no matter how little you do :(

So I guess the first step would be for you to identify a Glade version that
produces a file that both GTK2 and GTK3 Geany correctly read and that
doesn't produce lots of noise each change.  Then you need to make the
modifications you mentioned.

Without knowing that such a Glade exists the whole question is theoretical

If it exists then its certainly a possible solution.


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