Reference Counting and Memory Mangement — Functions for reference counting and memory management on pixbufs.
GdkPixbuf structures are reference counted. This means that an
application can share a single pixbuf among many parts of the
code. When a piece of the program needs to keep a pointer to a
pixbuf, it should add a reference to it by calling
When it no longer needs the pixbuf, it should subtract a reference
g_object_unref(). The pixbuf will be destroyed when
its reference count drops to zero. Newly-created GdkPixbuf
structures start with a reference count of one.
Finalizing a pixbuf means to free its pixel data and to free the GdkPixbuf structure itself. Most of the library functions that create GdkPixbuf structures create the pixel data by themselves and define the way it should be freed; you do not need to worry about those.
gdk_pixbuf_ref has been deprecated since version 2.0 and should not be used in newly-written code.
Adds a reference to a pixbuf.
gdk_pixbuf_unref has been deprecated since version 2.0 and should not be used in newly-written code.
Removes a reference from a pixbuf.
void (*GdkPixbufDestroyNotify) (
A function of this type is responsible for freeing the pixel array
of a pixbuf. The
gdk_pixbuf_new_from_data() function lets you
pass in a pre-allocated pixel array so that a pixbuf can be
created from it; in this case you will need to pass in a function
of GdkPixbufDestroyNotify so that the pixel data can be freed
when the pixbuf is finalized.