AnjutaCModule — Anjuta C module

Object Hierarchy

    ╰── GTypeModule
        ╰── AnjutaCModule


#include <libanjuta/anjuta-c-module.h>


A module is the part of the plugin containing the code. For machine code compiled from C sources by example, it is a shared library and contained in a .so file on Linux. GLib provides a portable way to load dynamically such code with GModule objects.

In GLib you can register a dynamic type which means that you links a GLib type with a module. When the type is used for the first time the module is loaded. When the type is not used anymore, the module is unloaded. Most of the code necessary to do this is already written in GLib GTypeModule object except the load and unload function.

AnjutaCModule is used only by a AnjutaCPluginFactory. It derives from GTypeModule and implements the load and unload function using a GModule object for a module written in C.

Anjuta plugin types are not registered before loading the module. The loading of the module is done explicitly and types are registered just after in a function included in the plugin. This function is named anjuta_glue_register_components and has a GTypeModule as argument. The plugin must registers at the least the plugin type dynamically. It can register other types, but this is currently not used.

After loading a module one or more plugin objects will be created using the name of the plugin type which has just been registered. The module will stay loaded while at least one plugin object is present. If all plugins objects are destroyed the unload function will be called and the module can be unloaded and removed from memory.

It could be useful that some modules stay in memory even if there is no object using it. A typical example is if some plugin code or some code of a library used by a plugin registers a GLib type statically. GLib types can be registered statically at run time but cannot be unregistered later. The code (or rather the data used in the registration) must stay in the memory even if the type is not used. In order to avoid this, you must register every type dynamically. You could have other situations where a module cannot be unloaded. By default, Anjuta plugin modules are not unloaded unless it is explicitly allowed.


anjuta_c_module_new ()

AnjutaCModule *
anjuta_c_module_new (const gchar *path,
                     const char *name);

Create a new AnjutaCModule object.



The full path of the module



The name of the module



a new AnjutaCModule object.

anjuta_c_module_get_last_error ()

anjuta_c_module_get_last_error (AnjutaCModule *module,
                                GError **err);

Receives the error that occured when the module was loaded



AnjutaCModule object



return location for a GError



TRUE if there was an Error, FALSE otherwise

Types and Values