glib/gtk minimum required versions

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at
Sat Dec 17 14:16:51 CET 2005

Hi Jani,

Jani Monoses wrote:
> Is the version requirement on glib/gtk planned to be tightened for 4.4?

The minimum version for Xfce 4.4 will be gtk+-2.6 and glib 2.6.

I think gtk+ is being develop mainly for GNOME now. GNOME can easily 
target one version of gtk+.

Xfce has a different release rate, definitely slower, therefore we can't 
target a single version of gtk+, we need to target at least two versions 
(otherwise by the time we get our software ready, the version of gtk+ we 
targeted initially would be replaced by a new one).

To me, gtk+ developers have a tendency of deprecating things a bit 
quickly. I don't think it would be a good thing for us to #ifdef 
different code paths based of gtk+ deprecation strategy because that 
would make our code complex and hard to debug, not to say hard to read 
and follow.

The -Werror used in the current development branch is just for 
development, it's not meant for released software. It helps developers 
finding bugs and improving the code before it gets relased.


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