[webkit-dev] wx/Gtk+ and Network backends

Daniel Zucker zucker at wake3.com
Fri Mar 21 10:43:20 PDT 2008

Hi Holger,

Another customer for the CURL backend used by Gtk+ and wx is the
"Windows-Cairo" or "Native Windows" version.

Brent Fulgham and I have been working on some patches to use this CURL code
in this Windows version.  When all the patches are landed (if not already
now) this CURL code will be fully functional on Windows.

Being lazy programmers (speaking for myself at least :)), we would like to
continue to leverage the CURL work from other ports as much as possible.  We
look forward to continue sharing the current CURL code as well as add the
upcoming support for authentication, web download, and possibly cookies.


On Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Holger Freyther <zecke at selfish.org> wrote:

> Hey,
> I'm a bit alarmed by the wild growth of network backends for the Gtk+
> port,
> the pending patches in the bugtracker and the duplication of things that
> are
> ahead and have already started.
> Currently we have a CURL backend shared by Gtk+ and wx. The good thing is
> it
> is shared between the two ports. The bad things are. We have no GEventLoop
> integration on Gtk+ and will poll curl with a timer. It lacks uploading of
> files (a good looking patch is in the bug tracker), it lacks cookie
> handling
> (also a good patch in the bug tracker), authentication is missing as well.
> Recently a libsoup based backend got added. I assume it has event loop
> integration, from blogs I know that upstream has looked into cookies.
> Which
> probably leaves authentication, cookie management, form uploads, sync
> loading
> of resources open as well.
> Mike just proposed another CURL backend that will fix the above event loop
> handling (from what I see).
> The first bugs for CURL already have attachments like "Do this for SOUP as
> well". So the duplication of effort already started.
> What I like to have answered/see is:
>        - Is it a strict requirement that Gtk+/WX share the same backend?
> (I think
>          not)
>        - Can we please just use one backend for the Gtk+ port? We do not
> use DRT in
> a sane way so it will be a hell to maintain three backends and make sure
> that
> all of them have the same amount of features. E.g. the first consequence
> would be to have three build bots running for the three backends..
> So please before wasting more time on implementing the same things for
> different backends let us wotk on one together. I do not care if it is
> curl+glib, soup, neon...
> z.
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