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Re: [virt-tools-list] virt-manager handling of Gtk command line arguments

On 08/16/2013 02:10 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 12:50:23PM -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
On 08/12/2013 05:10 PM, Leonardo Augusto Guimarães Garcia wrote:
Hello everyone,

Right now, when someone tries to start a second instance of virt-manager, the
primary instance will be brought to front. This is managed by Gtk and I am
really fine with that for the majority of the use cases.

When someone specifies a --show-* option and there is already a virt-manager
instance running, however, it would be desirable that the running instance of
virt-manager opens the corresponding window, as suggested by Cole some time
ago. I want to do a major refactoring on how we handle command line arguments
in virt-manager (using the support provided by Gtk)
What does 'the support provided by GTK' mean ? Can you give an example. As in,
does this throw out optparse ?
Virt-manager already uses the GtkApplication class, but doesn't really
make use of much of its features.

With GApplication (parent of GtkApplication), you can have the primary
instance register support for any number of actions.  You would then
make the '--show-xxxx' flag activate the corresponding action. This
will cause it to make a dbus call to the primary instance todo the
actual work

There's a C example of this kind of thing here ("Example 19. A
GApplication with actions")


In doing this, you'd likely want to move all command line handling
code into the GApplication framework
Yes, that's exactly what I was talking about when I said "the support provided by GTK".

I am working on a prototype now and I'll try to send an RFC next week. Not sure right now if this will work or not because of some of the ordering stuff Cole was talking about, but I am giving it a try.

Best regards,

Leonardo Garcia


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