ExoXsessionClient

ExoXsessionClient — Lightweight session management support

Functions

Properties

GdkWindow * group Read / Write
GStrv restart-command Read / Write

Signals

void save-yourself Run First

Types and Values

Object Hierarchy

    GObject
    ╰── ExoXsessionClient

Includes

#include <exo/exo.h>

Description

This module provides application developers with lightweight session management functions, based on the X11R5 session management protocol. The X11R5 session management protocol is very limited in its functionality and flexibility compared to the newer X11R6 session management protocol (XSMP), but - on the other hand - offers several advantages for applications that do not need the complicated features of the XSMP. Most importantly, the setup is much easier and faster than with XSMP, because no special actions must be taken.

So, in case your application is simple in its session management requirements, e.g. it only needs to tell the session manager its restart command, you may want to use the ExoXsessionClient instead of a full featured XSMP client.

Lets say, for example, you are developing a text editor, which should provide basic session management support, limited to proper restarting all editor windows that where left open when you logged off the X session. In case the user was editing a file when logging off, the same file should be opened in the window on next startup.

Example 4. Texteditor with ExoXsessionClient

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static gchar *open_file_name = NULL;

static void
save_yourself (ExoXsessionClient *client)
{
  gchar *argv[2];

  if (open_file_name != NULL)
    {
      argv[0] = "myeditor";
      argv[1] = open_file_name;

      exo_xsession_client_set_restart_command (client, argv, 2);
    }
  else
    {
      argv[0] = "myeditor";

      exo_xsession_client_set_restart_command (client, argv, 1);
    }
}

// ...

int
main (int argc, char **argv)
{
  ExoXsessionClient *client;
  GdkDisplay        *display;
  GdkWindow         *leader;
  GtkWidget         *window;

  gtk_init (&argc, &argv);

  if (argc > 1)
    open_file_name = argv[1];

  // create the main window
  window = create_window ();

  // setup the session client
  display = gtk_widget_get_display (window);
  leader = gdk_display_get_default_group (display);
  client = exo_xsession_client_new_with_group (leader);
  g_signal_connect (G_OBJECT (client), "save-yourself",
                    G_CALLBACK (save_yourself), NULL);

  // ...
}

This example demonstrates the basic handling of ExoXsessionClient. It is oversimplified, but we hope you get the point. The rule of thumb is, use ExoXsessionClient if you can store all session data in the restart command, else use a full-featured XSMP client.

Functions

exo_xsession_client_new_with_group ()

ExoXsessionClient *
exo_xsession_client_new_with_group (GdkWindow *leader);

Creates a new ExoXsessionClient and associates it with the group, which is lead by leader .

Parameters

leader

The client leader window of the group.

 

Returns

A newly allocated ExoXsessionClient.


exo_xsession_client_get_group ()

GdkWindow *
exo_xsession_client_get_group (ExoXsessionClient *client);

Returns the client leader window of the group with which the client is associated or NULL if client is not associated with any group.

Parameters

client

An ExoXsessionClient.

 

Returns

The client leader window of the group with which client is associated or NULL.


exo_xsession_client_set_group ()

void
exo_xsession_client_set_group (ExoXsessionClient *client,
                               GdkWindow *leader);

Sets the group according to the specified leader .

Parameters

client

An ExoXsessionClient.

 

leader

The client leader window of a group or NULL.

 

exo_xsession_client_get_restart_command ()

gboolean
exo_xsession_client_get_restart_command
                               (ExoXsessionClient *client,
                                gchar ***argv,
                                gint *argc);

Retrieves the restart command previously set on client . The result is stored in argv and should be freed using g_strfreev() when no longer needed.

See exo_xsession_client_set_restart_command() for further explanation.

Parameters

client

An ExoXsessionClient.

 

argv

Pointer to the location where the pointer to the argument vector should be stored to.

 

argc

Pointer to the location where the number of arguments should be stored to or NULL.

 

Returns

TRUE on success, else FALSE.


exo_xsession_client_set_restart_command ()

void
exo_xsession_client_set_restart_command
                               (ExoXsessionClient *client,
                                gchar **argv,
                                gint argc);

Sets the WM_COMMAND property on the client leader window, which instructs the session manager (or session-enabled window manager) how to restart the application on next login.

This function can only be used if client is associated with a client leader window.

If argc is specify as -1, the argument vector argv is expected to be NULL-terminated and argc will be automatically calculated from argv .

Please take note, that gtk_init() automatically sets the WM_COMMAND property on all client leader windows that are implicitly created by Gtk+. So, you may only need to call this function in response to the ::save-yourself signal.

Parameters

client

An ExoXsessionClient.

 

argv

The argument vector.

 

argc

The number of arguments in argv or -1.

 

Types and Values

struct ExoXsessionClient

struct ExoXsessionClient;

The ExoXsessionClient struct contains only private fields and should not be directly accessed.

Property Details

The “group” property

  “group”                    GdkWindow *

Window group leader.

Flags: Read / Write


The “restart-command” property

  “restart-command”          GStrv

Session restart command.

Flags: Read / Write

Signal Details

The “save-yourself” signal

void
user_function (ExoXsessionClient *client,
               gpointer           user_data)

This signal is emitted when client receives a WM_SAVE_YOURSELF message from the session manager or the window manager on the specified client leader window.

Parameters

client

An ExoXsessionClient.

 

user_data

user data set when the signal handler was connected.

 

Flags: Run First