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Release Digest: GNOME, August 9, 2004

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Glom 0.8.8


Glom is a GUI that allows you to design database table definitions and the relationships between them. It also allows you to edit and search the data in those tables. The design is loosely based upon FileMaker Pro, with the added advantage of separation between user interface and data.

Glom uses the PostgresSQL database backend but it can not edit databases that it did not create, because it uses only a simple subset of Postgres functionality.

Here are some screenshots:

Glom is written in C++, with gtkmm, Bakery, and libgdamm.

More information is at

Obvious/Known problems.

  • There is no way to administer the users.
  • The User Level is not dependent on database access rights.
  • The Details view should show lists of related records directly among the regular fields.
  • There is no printing/reports.


glom 0.8.8:

  • Details Layout: Simpler, hierarchical layout. This allows more complex layouts, and allows fields to appear more than once on the same layout.
  • Documentation: Added user manual, though it looks a bit strange in yelp at the moment.
  • Relationships:
    • Avoid crash when fields of differerent types are used in relationships.
    • Actually delete relationships when the delete button is pressed. (Murray Cumming)

Murray Cumming

gtkmm 2.4.5
glibmm 2.4.4

gtkmm and glibmm 2.4

gtkmm provides a C++ interface to GTK+. gtkmm 2.4 wraps additional API in GTK+ 2.4. gtkmm 2.4 installs in parallel with gtkmm 2.2, so you can have both installed at the same time. glibmm is now a separate module, for use in non-GUI software.

gtkmm stays in-sync with GTK+ by following the official GNOME release schedule: http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable/

Bindings for the rest of the GNOME Platform are also available, and are also API-stable.



glibmm 2.4.4:

  • Signals: Avoid crashes when disconnecting a signal when handling that signal. (Murray Cumming, Martin Schulze)

gtkmm 2.4.5:

  • Gtk::Settings::get_default(): Correct reference-count error. (Murray Cumming)
  • Gtk::ActionGroup, EntryCompletion, UIManager: Make constructors protected instead of private (Christopher Palm).
  • Examples: TreeView:
    • Added popup example, from gtkmm 2.2.
    • drag_and_drop: Correct vfuncs.
  • Documentation:
    • libglademm memory management.
    • Tell people to check pkg-config for 2.4, not 2.2.
    • Gtk::TreeSortable: Document sort function return value. (Murray Cumming)



You will need libsigc++ 2.0, 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

Revelation 0.3.2

Revelation is a password manager for the GNOME 2 desktop, released under the GNU GPL license. It stores all your accounts and passwords in a single, secure place, and gives you access to it through a user-friendly graphical interface.

Yesterday's release of version 0.3.1 had a brown paper bag bug, this new version doesn't attempt to load the removed druid module.

2004-08-09: Revelation 0.3.2

- don't attempt to load the removed druid module on startup

2004-08-08: Revelation 0.3.1

New features:
- added a preference for autosaving data on change
- added import/export of .netrc files
- added import/export of GNOME Password Manager (gpass) files
- replaced the import/export druids with normal file selectors
- window size and position is stored on quit
- default type when adding entries is Generic
- vertical scrollbar only displayed when needed
- most dialogs can be closed by pressing Escape
- the OK button in password dialogs is ghosted until passwords are given
- removed schema installation from setup.py to ease packaging

- the preferences and import/export druids crashed on some systems
- the gconf schema is checked on startup, and reinstalled when needed
- fields containing & were not displayed correctly
- file selector was opened when saving file in quit confirmation
- spin buttons would not accept input from the keyboard
- missing parent directories are created when saving files
- added access keys to popup menus
- file selectors and the about dialog set as transient for main window

Code changes:
- rewrote data handling to use new Entry and Field objects, and improved EntryStore, UndoQueue, DataFile and other related systems
- data handlers split out into separate modules
- rewrote the configuration handling, using a new Config class
- merged application UI and functionality classes
- cleaned up dialog and ui code

Project website:


Erik Grinaker <erikg@codepoet.no>

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