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Release Digest: GNOME, January 27, 2004

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XML Security Library 1.2.4


XML Security Library 1.2.4


Implementation of XML Security specs: XML Digital Signature, XML Encryption, etc.


  • Many configuration and installation bug fixes.



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gnome-games 2.4.2

gnome-games "Little Rascal" 2.4.2

Barring accidents or excessive incompetence this should be the last release for the 2.4 series of gnome-games. After this release people seeking stable updates to gnome-games should look to the upcoming 2.6 series. Be warned that while this release should still compile and run in a GNOME 2.2 environment the 2.6 release of gnome-games will require GNOME 2.6.

You can download it from:


and mirrors.

The bugs where both blackjack and gnome-stones crashed on start-up have now been fixed. There have also been translation updates.

  • Callum

gtkmm 2.3.2
glibmm 2.3.3

gtkmm 2.4

NOTE: This is probably your last chance to comment on the API before the API freeze.

gtkmm provides a C++ interface to GTK+. The 2.3.x tarballs are the unstable development series that will become the stable gtkmm 2.4. gtkmm 2.3/2.4 will wrap any additional API in GTK+ 2.4. glibmm is now a separate module, for use in non-GUI software.

gtkmm 2.3/2.4 installs in parallel with gtkmm 2.2, so you can install this unstable library without the risk of breaking existing applications. This allows us to break ABI and API, though we will try not to break API unless it is absolutely necessary.

But do be aware that the underlying unstable GTK+ 2.3 does not install in parallel with GTK+ 2.2, so be careful if you apply it in your normal prefix.

We recommend the use of jhbuild or garnome for testing in a separate prefix.

The stable (API/ABI-frozen) gtkmm 2.4.0 will be released soon after GTK+ 2.4.0. gtkmm is on the official GNOME Platform Bindings release schedule: http://www.gnome.org/start/2.5/bindings/



glibmm 2.3.3:

  • gmmproc (code generator)
    • properties: Make read-only properties have const accessors, and add a second read-only const accessor for normal properties. Wrap construct-only properties as read-only, instead of ignoring them.
    • vfuncs: Really generate const vfuncs when requested. Put the method declaration directly into the .h file, so that the doxygen documentation can be next to it.
    • documentation:
      • Remove mergecdocs configure option - always merge the C docs, to avoid any risk of uploading or releasing empty documentation. Just delete the *_docs.xml files to make building from cvs faster.
      • Install a GLIBMM_CHECK_PERL() macro, for use by gtkmm and other *mm projects, to get the perl path needed by doxygen.
      • Install beautify_docs.pl so it can be reused in gtkmm and other *mm projects, instead of having lots of copies.
  • Glib::ObjectBase: The default constructor, never before used, now generates a custom GType, for use when creating new implementations of Glib::Interfaces - for instance, see the new custom tree model example in gtkmm.
  • Glib::Date: Added clamp_min() and clamp_max(). (Murray Cumming)
  • Documentation:
    • Added reference documentation for MainLoop, MainContext, Source, and Date. (Alberto Paro)

gtkmm 2.3.2:

  • Gtk:
    • AccelMap: Added lock_path() and unlock_path().
    • Button: Added get/set_alignment().
    • CellLayout: Added reorder().
    • Clipboard: Added wait_for_targets(), and a simpler request_targets().
    • MenuShell: Added cancel().
    • ListStore, TreeStore: Added set_model_columns() for use by derived classes.
    • TreeModel: vfuncs now use C++ types, and are documented.
    • TreeModelFilter: Wrapped set_modify_func().
    • Window: Added get_group() and set_accept_focus().
  • Gdk:
    • Colormap: Added get_system().
    • Device: Added get_name(), get_source(), get_mode() and get_has_cursor()
    • Display: Added set_double_click_distance() and get_default_group().
    • DragContext: Added get_targets().
    • Added rgb_*() methods.
  • Pango:
    • LayoutLine: Added get_length(), get_start_index(), and get_layout().
  • Atk:
    • Added Document, Hyperlink, Hypertext, and StreamableContent classes.
  • Portability:
    • Atk::Text build fix for Intel compiler. (Takashi Takekawa)
  • Documentation:
    • devhelp file now installs correctly, with working hyperlinks.
    • Documented Gtk::AccelMap methods.
    • Documented Atk classes.
    • TreeView, TextView, and associated classes are almost fully documented. (Murray Cumming)
  • Also:
    • build fix. (Billy O'Connor)
    • spec file fix. (Eric Bourque)



You will need libsigc++ 1.2, available here: https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=1970


There is active discussion on the mailing list: http://www.gtkmm.org/mailinglist.shtml
and in the #c++ channel on irc.gnome.org/

Murray Cumming

The GNOME XML toolkit 2.6.5


The GNOME XML toolkit 2.6.5


Libxml2 is the XML C parser and toolkit developed for the Gnome project (but usable outside of the Gnome platform). It also provides the xmllint XML/HTML processing tool.


  • Documentation: python scripts (William Brack), xslt stylesheets (John Fleck), doc (Sven Zimmerman), I/O example.
  • Python bindings: fixes (William), enum support (Stéphane Bidoul), structured error reporting (Stéphane Bidoul)
  • XInclude: various fixes for conformance, problem related to dictionnary references (William & me), recursion (William)
  • xmlWriter: indentation (Lucas Brasilino), memory leaks (Alfred Mickautsch),
  • xmlSchemas: normalizedString datatype (John Belmonte)
  • code cleanup for strings functions (William)
  • Windows: compiler patches (Mark Vakoc)
  • Parser optimizations, a few new XPath and dictionnary APIs for future XSLT optimizations.


  • dictionnaries for schemas (William Brack)
  • regexp segfault (William)
  • xs:all problem (William)
  • a number of XPointer bugfixes (William)
  • xmllint error go to stderr
  • DTD validation problem with namespace
  • memory leak (William)
  • SAX1 cleanup and minimal options fixes (Mark Vadoc)
  • parser context reset on error (Shaun McCance)
  • XPath union evaluation problem (William)



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