for GLib 2.6.3


Table of Contents

GLib Overview
Compiling the GLib package - How to compile GLib itself
Cross-compiling the GLib package - How to cross-compile GLib
Compiling GLib Applications - How to compile your GLib application
Running GLib Applications - How to run and debug your GLib application
Changes to GLib - Incompatible changes made between successing versions of GLib
Mailing lists and bug reports - Getting help with GLib
GLib Fundamentals
Version Information - Variables and functions to check the GLib version
Basic Types - standard GLib types, defined for ease-of-use and portability.
Limits of Basic Types - portable method of determining the limits of the standard types.
Standard Macros - commonly-used macros.
Type Conversion Macros - portably storing integers in pointer variables.
Byte Order Macros - a portable way to convert between different byte orders.
Numerical Definitions - mathematical constants, and floating point decomposition.
Miscellaneous Macros - specialized macros which are not used often.
Atomic Operations - basic atomic integer and pointer operations
GLib Core Application Support
The Main Event Loop - manages all available sources of events.
Threads - thread abstraction; including threads, different mutexes, conditions and thread private data.
Thread Pools - pools of threads to execute work concurrently.
Asynchronous Queues - asynchronous communication between threads.
Dynamic Loading of Modules - portable method for dynamically loading 'plug-ins'.
Memory Allocation - general memory-handling.
IO Channels - portable support for using files, pipes and sockets.
Error Reporting - a system for reporting errors.
Message Output and Debugging Functions - functions to output messages and help debug applications.
Message Logging - versatile support for logging messages with different levels of importance.
GLib Utilities
String Utility Functions - various string-related functions.
Character Set Conversion - convert strings between different character sets using iconv().
Unicode Manipulation - functions operating on Unicode characters and UTF-8 strings.
Internationalization - gettext support macros.
Date and Time Functions - calendrical calculations and miscellaneous time stuff.
Random Numbers - pseudo-random number generator.
Hook Functions - support for manipulating lists of hook functions.
Miscellaneous Utility Functions - a selection of portable utility functions.
Lexical Scanner - a general purpose lexical scanner.
Automatic String Completion - support for automatic completion using a group of target strings.
Timers - keep track of elapsed time.
Spawning Processes - process launching with fork()/exec().
File Utilities - various file-related functions.
Shell-related Utilities - shell-like commandline handling.
Commandline option parser - parses commandline options
Glob-style pattern matching - matches strings against patterns containing '*' (wildcard) and '?' (joker).
Simple XML Subset Parser - parses a subset of XML.
Key-value file parser - parses .ini-like config files
Windows Compatibility Functions - UNIX emulation on Windows.
GLib Data Types
Memory Chunks - efficient way to allocate groups of equal-sized chunks of memory.
Doubly-Linked Lists - linked lists containing integer values or pointers to data, with the ability to iterate over the list in both directions.
Singly-Linked Lists - linked lists containing integer values or pointers to data, limited to iterating over the list in one direction.
Double-ended Queues - double-ended queue data structure.
Trash Stacks - maintain a stack of unused allocated memory chunks.
Hash Tables - associations between keys and values so that given a key the value can be found quickly.
Strings - text buffers which grow automatically as text is added.
String Chunks - efficient storage of groups of strings.
Arrays - arrays of arbitrary elements which grow automatically as elements are added.
Pointer Arrays - arrays of pointers to any type of data, which grow automatically as new elements are added.
Byte Arrays - arrays of bytes, which grow automatically as elements are added.
Balanced Binary Trees - a sorted collection of key/value pairs optimized for searching and traversing in order.
N-ary Trees - trees of data with any number of branches.
Quarks - a 2-way association between a string and a unique integer identifier.
Keyed Data Lists - lists of data elements which are accessible by a string or GQuark identifier.
Datasets - associate groups of data elements with particular memory locations.
Relations and Tuples - tables of data which can be indexed on any number of fields.
Caches - caches allow sharing of complex data structures to save resources.
Memory Allocators - allocates chunks of memory for GList, GSList and GNode.
GLib Tools
glib-gettextize - gettext internationalization utility
Index
Index of deprecated symbols
Index of new symbols in 2.2
Index of new symbols in 2.4
Index of new symbols in 2.6