since: 2.40


handle_local_options (
  GApplication* self,
  GVariantDict* options,
  gpointer user_data


The ::handle-local-options signal is emitted on the local instance after the parsing of the commandline options has occurred.

You can add options to be recognised during commandline option parsing using g_application_add_main_option_entries() and g_application_add_option_group().

Signal handlers can inspect options (along with values pointed to from the arg_data of an installed GOptionEntrys) in order to decide to perform certain actions, including direct local handling (which may be useful for options like —version).

In the event that the application is marked G_APPLICATION_HANDLES_COMMAND_LINE the “normal processing” will send the options dictionary to the primary instance where it can be read with g_application_command_line_get_options_dict(). The signal handler can modify the dictionary before returning, and the modified dictionary will be sent.

In the event that G_APPLICATION_HANDLES_COMMAND_LINE is not set, “normal processing” will treat the remaining uncollected command line arguments as filenames or URIs. If there are no arguments, the application is activated by g_application_activate(). One or more arguments results in a call to g_application_open().

If you want to handle the local commandline arguments for yourself by converting them to calls to g_application_open() or g_action_group_activate_action() then you must be sure to register the application first. You should probably not call g_application_activate() for yourself, however: just return -1 and allow the default handler to do it for you. This will ensure that the --gapplication-service switch works properly (i.e. no activation in that case).

Note that this signal is emitted from the default implementation of local_command_line(). If you override that function and don’t chain up then this signal will never be emitted.

You can override local_command_line() if you need more powerful capabilities than what is provided here, but this should not normally be required.

Default handler:

The default handler is called after the handlers added via g_signal_connect().

Available since: 2.40



Type: GVariantDict

The options dictionary.

The data is owned by the caller of the function.

Return value

Type: gint

An exit code. If you have handled your options and want to exit the process, return a non-negative option, 0 for success, and a positive value for failure. To continue, return -1 to let the default option processing continue.