gi-gobject-2.0.21: GObject bindings

CopyrightWill Thompson Iñaki García Etxebarria and Jonas Platte
MaintainerIñaki García Etxebarria (
Safe HaskellNone




A structure containing a weak reference to a Object. It can either be empty (i.e. point to Nothing), or point to an object for as long as at least one "strong" reference to that object exists. Before the object's ObjectClass.dispose method is called, every WeakRef associated with becomes empty (i.e. points to Nothing).

Like Value, WeakRef can be statically allocated, stack- or heap-allocated, or embedded in larger structures.

Unlike g_object_weak_ref() and g_object_add_weak_pointer(), this weak reference is thread-safe: converting a weak pointer to a reference is atomic with respect to invalidation of weak pointers to destroyed objects.

If the object's ObjectClass.dispose method results in additional references to the object being held, any GWeakRefs taken before it was disposed will continue to point to Nothing. If GWeakRefs are taken after the object is disposed and re-referenced, they will continue to point to it until its refcount goes back to zero, at which point they too will be invalidated.


Exported types

newtype WeakRef Source #

Memory-managed wrapper type.


WeakRef (ManagedPtr WeakRef) 

noWeakRef :: Maybe WeakRef Source #

A convenience alias for Nothing :: Maybe WeakRef.