In today’s PSA, mistakes with
g_value_set_boxed(). A mistake that’s been made several times by yours truly, and only realised today thanks to Xavier.
At some point in the GLib 2.22 cycle, types such as
unref() methods, which allowed things like
g_boxed_free() to be a stack faster for those types. This was mid-2008.
Danni, who didn’t get the memo, had been occasionally writing bits of code like this:
GArray *array = g_array_new (...); g_value_set_boxed (value, array); g_array_free (array, TRUE);
Which, if you read the code, will keep the wrapper alive, so your code won’t crash, but will release all the data the array contains. Similarly for
g_ptr_array_free() etc. It nicely zeros out the length of the array, so when you come to read it in your GValue, it looks empty.
The correct thing to do (of course) is unref your data, which will then free the memory and the wrapper when the refcount reaches zero.
GArray *array = g_array_new (...); g_value_set_boxed (value, array); g_array_unref (array);
Update: As pointed out in this simple example, you can replace this with the following pattern:
GArray *array = g_array_new (...); g_value_take_boxed (value, array);
Which passes your ownership to the
GValue. Where this falls down is for more complex values built for dbus-glib, where the ownership isn’t clear-cut, and so you need to free the components separately afterwards.
- You can discover what
g_boxed_free()will do for a type by looking for its
G_DEFINE_BOXED_TYPEin GLib, which is probably in gobject/gboxed.c. [↩]