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Re: Abysmal state of GTK build

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Abysmal state of GTK build
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2022 23:52:50 -0400

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  > > Have we tried patching GTK to add workarounds -- for instance,
  > > defining an "exit function" hook to call instead of `_exit'?
  > > We could distribute such patches, and they might accept the patches.

  > They insist that it is unsafe to call anything except for _exit, because
  > it is not safe to save files after the display server goes down.

There are various ways users can make such modifications.
We can add those to the list of possible options to compare.
This is for GTK 3, right?

One pwrtinent question is, how bad would the problems of GTK 3 be if
we imagine a few of them have been fided this way?  Would they be bad
enough that we would want to reject GTK 3 over them anyway?

There is a modified version of GNOME 2, which I suppose includes GTK
2.  It is called Maté.  (The accent on "ë is incorrect Spanish, but it
is correct English.)  It is no longer maintained, but it is probably a
better starting point than GNOME 2 itself.  I use it, because it is
included in Trisquel.  I presume it contains a version of GTK 2.

If newer versions of GTK are lousy, and the other options also have
bad problems, maybe this is the best.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
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