Specifies the type of the setup function passed to
g_spawn_async_with_pipes(), which can, in very
limited ways, be used to affect the child’s execution.
On POSIX platforms, the function is called in the child after GLib
has performed all the setup it plans to perform, but before calling
exec(). Actions taken in this function will only affect the child,
not the parent.
On Windows, the function is called in the parent. Its usefulness on Windows is thus questionable. In many cases executing the child setup function in the parent can have ill effects, and you should be very careful when porting software to Windows that uses child setup functions.
However, even on POSIX, you are extremely limited in what you can
safely do from a
GSpawnChildSetupFunc, because any mutexes that were
held by other threads in the parent process at the time of the
will still be locked in the child process, and they will never be
unlocked (since the threads that held them don’t exist in the child).
POSIX allows only async-signal-safe functions (see signal(7)) to be
called in the child between
exec(), which drastically limits
the usefulness of child setup functions.
In particular, it is not safe to call any function which may
malloc(), which includes POSIX functions such as
If you need to set up the child environment differently from
the parent, you should use
g_environ_unsetenv(), and then pass the complete environment
list to the