Method

GLibVarianttake_ref

Declaration

GVariant*
g_variant_take_ref (
  GVariant* value
)

Description

If value is floating, sink it. Otherwise, do nothing.

Typically you want to use g_variant_ref_sink() in order to automatically do the correct thing with respect to floating or non-floating references, but there is one specific scenario where this function is helpful.

The situation where this function is helpful is when creating an API that allows the user to provide a callback function that returns a GVariant. We certainly want to allow the user the flexibility to return a non-floating reference from this callback (for the case where the value that is being returned already exists).

At the same time, the style of the GVariant API makes it likely that for newly-created GVariant instances, the user can be saved some typing if they are allowed to return a GVariant with a floating reference.

Using this function on the return value of the user’s callback allows the user to do whichever is more convenient for them. The caller will always receives exactly one full reference to the value: either the one that was returned in the first place, or a floating reference that has been converted to a full reference.

This function has an odd interaction when combined with g_variant_ref_sink() running at the same time in another thread on the same GVariant instance. If g_variant_ref_sink() runs first then the result will be that the floating reference is converted to a hard reference. If g_variant_take_ref() runs first then the result will be that the floating reference is converted to a hard reference and an additional reference on top of that one is added. It is best to avoid this situation.

Return value

Returns: GVariant
 

The same value.

 The caller of the method takes ownership of the data, and is responsible for freeing it.