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General Information
This is GLib version 2.3.1. GLib is the low-level core
library that forms the basis for projects such as GTK+ and GNOME. It
provides data structure handling for C, portability wrappers, and
interfaces for such runtime functionality as an event loop, threads,
dynamic loading, and an object system.
The official ftp site is:
The official web site is:
Information about mailing lists can be found at
To subscribe: mail -s subscribe < /dev/null
(Send mail to with the subject "subscribe")
See the file 'INSTALL'
Notes about GLib-2.2.0
* GLib changed the seeding algorithm for the pseudo-random number
generator Mersenne Twister, as used by GRand and GRandom. This was
necessary, because some seeds would yield very bad pseudo-random
streams. Further information can be found at:
Also the pseudo-random integers generated by g_rand_int_range and
g_random_int_range will have a slightly better equal distribution
with the new version of GLib.
The original algorithms, as found in GLib-2.0.x, can be used instead
of the new ones by setting the environment variable G_RANDOM_VERSION
to the value of "2.0".
Use the GLib-2.0 algorithms only if you have sequences of numbers
generated with Glib-2.0 that you need to reproduce exactly.
How to report bugs
Bugs should be reported to the GNOME bug tracking system.
(, product glib.) You will need
to create an account for yourself.
In the bug report please include:
* Information about your system. For instance:
- What operating system and version
- For Linux, what version of the C library
And anything else you think is relevant.
* How to reproduce the bug.
If you can reproduce it with the testgtk program that is built
in the gtk/ subdirectory, that will be most convenient. Otherwise,
please include a short test program that exhibits the behavior.
As a last resort, you can also provide a pointer to a larger piece
of software that can be downloaded.
* If the bug was a crash, the exact text that was printed out
when the crash occured.
* Further information such as stack traces may be useful, but
is not necessary.
Patches should also be submitted to If the
patch fixes an existing bug, add the patch as an attachment
to that bug report.
Otherwise, enter a new bug report that describes the patch,
and attach the patch to that bug report.
Bug reports containing patches should include the PATCH keyword
in their keyword fields. If the patch adds to or changes the GLib
programming interface, the API keyword should also be included.
Patches should be in unified diff form. (The -u option to GNU
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