GObject Private Data

Federico: the combination of a “*priv” field and GObject private data is the best way to go:

struct _PangoFcFont
{
   ...
   gpointer priv;
   ...
};

#define PANGO_FC_FONT_GET_PRIVATE(obj) ((PangoFcFontPrivate *) ((PangoFcFont *) obj)->priv)

static void
pango_fc_font_class_init (PangoFcFontClass *class)
{
  ...
  g_type_class_add_private (object_class, sizeof (PangoFcFontPrivate));
}

static void
pango_fc_font_init (PangoFcFont *fcfont)
{
  fcfont->priv = G_TYPE_INSTANCE_GET_PRIVATE (fcfont, PANGO_TYPE_FC_FONT, PangoFcFontPrivate)
}

Indeed, that’s why g_type_get_private() was added. You get the best of both worlds – the convenience of a priv pointer with the fact that the private data is allocated in the same chunk as the object itself, without the inefficiency of calling get_private() a lot or the extra static variable in Owen‘s original proposal.

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