[libvirt] [libvirt-glib] Add gvir_domain_get_saved()

Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) zeeshanak at gnome.org
Fri Feb 17 15:56:19 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM, Christophe Fergeau <cfergeau at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 05:25:30PM +0200, Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM, Christophe Fergeau <cfergeau at redhat.com> wrote:
>> > On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 05:08:12PM +0200, Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) wrote:
>> >> (We already discussed at length why this
>> >> is needed and we are already doing it for other boolean getters so
>> >> lets not have the discussion about this need, again).
>> >
>> > Actually this was discussed for libosinfo, not libvirt-glib, here is the
>> > relevant email for those who were wondering about this discussion:
>> >
>> > https://www.redhat.com/archives/virt-tools-list/2011-November/msg00090.html
>> Ah ok but both libraries are meant to be first-class g* citizens and
>> hence the same need to follow the usual conventions unless there is a
>> compelling reason not to.
> Making the C API as nice as possible to users is a very compelling reason
> to me since we are writing a C library (emphasis on the "to me", I know we
> disagree :)

Indeed we do. :)

> This naming convention for getters is probably only useful for vala, I
> think bindings for dynamic languages will introspect object properties at
> runtime and use g_object_get().

Well, vala will also do the same but setting properties through that
is known to be considerably slower than using the getter/setter
directly (because of the type checks etc invovled in case of

>So the decision to make is between making
> the API nicer to read for C users VS making life slightly easier for some
> bindings.

That is not the decision at all for me since I don't see anyone other
than you complaining about the various gtk+ APIs following this
convention. If you can cite examples of C developers complaining about
it, that would be convincing argument to me. Otherwise, the decision
to me is all about following a usual convention *that we already
follow* and in turn make valac produce more efficient bindings vs
making you happy.

> Would a Rename to: annotation help vala here? Or is there some annotation I
> don't know of to mark property getters/setters?

Maybe? But I don't think we are that desperate yet. :)


Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
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