Migrating from GWeather 3.x to GWeather 4

Migrating from GWeather 3.x to GWeather 4

GWeather 4 is a new major version that breaks API and ABI compared with GWeather 3.

Stop using GWeatherLocationEntry and GWeatherTimezoneMenu

GWeather 4 does not provide GTK widgets for selecting a location or a time zone. Applications should provide their own UI, if needed, according to the best practices of the GNOME human interface guidelines.


Before migrating to GWeather 4, there are steps to follow in order to minimise the changes you have to implement once you switch.

Stop using gweather_location_get_children()

In order to iterate over the child locations of a GWeatherLocation, you should use the iterator method gweather_location_next_child():

/* Iterating using get_children() */
GWeatherLocation **children = gweather_location_get_children (location);
for (guint i = 0; children[i] != NULL; i++) {
  GWeatherLocation *iter = children[i];
  // ...

/* Iterating using next_child() */
g_autoptr (GWeatherLocation) iter = NULL;
while ((iter = gweather_location_next_child (location, iter)) != NULL) {
  // ...

Note: Unlike gweather_location_get_children(), the next_child() method will consume the reference of the iterated child; if you are keeping a reference to each child GWeatherLocation you should acquire a strong reference to it, using g_object_ref().

Stop using gweather_info_get_radar()

The radar image provider stopped working a while ago, and the get_radar() method has been returning NULL since then.


The Yahoo! provider was removed in libgweather 3.28.

Always pass a location to find and detect nearest location API

The gweather_location_find_nearest_city(), gweather_location_find_nearest_city_full(), and gweather_location_detect_nearest_city() methods do not accept NULL as the instance argument any more.


The following changes in GWeather 4 are incompatible with GWeather 3.x, and must be performed at the time of the port.

GWeatherLocation is a GObject

GWeatherLocation has been promoted to a full GObject type. This means that properties using GWeatherLocation should be defined using g_param_spec_object(), and GValues should be accessed using g_value_set_object() and g_value_get_object(). If you are using gweather_location_ref() to acquire a reference on a location instance, you should now use g_object_ref(); if you are using gweather_location_unref() to release a reference on a location instance, you should now use g_object_unref().

Use GTimeZone instead of GWeatherTimezone

The GWeatherTimezone type has been removed, in favor of the existing GTimeZone type provided by GLib.

The GTimeZone type provides all the functionality of the GWeatherTimezone structure, and includes all the interval data from the time zone database.

If you are using gweather_timezone_get_offset() to compare two time zones, you can replace that with g_time_zone_find_interval() to find the interval relative to the current time; and then use g_time_zone_get_offset() to retrieve the offset. For instance, this code:

GWeatherTimezone *tz_a = gweather_location_get_timezone (location_a);
GWeatherTimezone *tz_b = gweather_location_get_timezone (location_b);

int offset_a = gweather_timezone_get_offset (tz_a);
int offset_b = gweather_timezone_get_offset (tz_b);

can be rewritten as:

GTimeZone *tz_a = gweather_location_get_timezone (location_a);
GTimeZone *tz_b = gweather_location_get_timezone (location_b);

// Find the interval relative to the current time; if you are performing
// the offset comparison in a loop, for instance to sort a list of time
// zones, you may want to hoist the computation of the "now" outside the
// loop, to ensure that the intervals are all relative to the same time
g_autoptr (GDateTime) dt = g_date_time_new_now_local ();
gint64 now = g_date_time_to_unix (dt);

int interval_a = g_time_zone_find_interval (tz_a, G_TIME_TYPE_STANDARD, now);
int interval_b = g_time_zone_find_interval (tz_b, G_TIME_TYPE_STANDARD, now);

// Retrieve the offset for the given interval
int offset_a = g_time_zone_get_offset (tz_a, interval_a);
int offset_b = g_time_zone_get_offset (tz_b, interval_b);