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GLib.IOExtensionPoint GLib.IOExtensionPoint GLib.IOExtensionPoint


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public class IOExtensionPoint

`GIOExtensionPoint` provides a mechanism for modules to extend the functionality of the library or application that loaded it in an organized fashion.

An extension point is identified by a name, and it may optionally require that any implementation must be of a certain type (or derived thereof ). Use [func@Gio.IOExtensionPoint.register] to register an extension point, and [method@Gio.IOExtensionPoint.set_required_type] to set a required type.

A module can implement an extension point by specifying the [type@GObject.Type] that implements the functionality. Additionally, each implementation of an extension point has a name, and a priority. Use [func@Gio.IOExtensionPoint.implement] to implement an extension point.

```c GIOExtensionPoint *ep;

// Register an extension point ep = g_io_extension_point_register ("my-extension-point"); g_io_extension_point_set_required_type (ep, MY_TYPE_EXAMPLE); ```

```c // Implement an extension point G_DEFINE_TYPE (MyExampleImpl, my_example_impl, MY_TYPE_EXAMPLE) g_io_extension_point_implement ( "my-extension-point", my_example_impl_get_type (), "my-example", 10); ```

It is up to the code that registered the extension point how it uses the implementations that have been associated with it. Depending on the use case, it may use all implementations, or only the one with the highest priority, or pick a specific one by name.

To avoid opening all modules just to find out what extension points they implement, GIO makes use of a caching mechanism, see [ gio-querymodules](gio-querymodules.html). You are expected to run this command after installing a GIO module.

The `GIO_EXTRA_MODULES` environment variable can be used to specify additional directories to automatically load modules from. This environment variable has the same syntax as the `PATH`. If two modules have the same base name in different directories, then the latter one will be ignored. If additional directories are specified GIO will load modules from the built-in directory last.

Namespace: GLib
Package: gio-2.0



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