g_queue_insert_before_link() in GLib 2.61.1

The second post in a little mini-series on new APIs in the GLib 2.62 series, this one’s about Christian Hergert’s g_queue_insert_before_link().

This is a new helper function for inserting elements at arbitrary positions in a queue, without needing to allocate a new container element for them. Previously, using g_queue_insert_before(), a new GList container would have been allocated. The new function means that elements can be moved from one position in a queue to another, without any allocations; and statically allocated GList elements can be used in a GQueue correctly.

The new function comes with friends, too: g_queue_insert_after_link() and g_list_insert_before_link(). They behave similarly.

One example of using the new function would be to bump the priority of an element in the middle of a queue:

GList *element_to_bump = g_queue_find (queue, important_data);
GList *old_sibling = element_to_bump->prev;
if (old_sibling != NULL)
    g_queue_unlink (queue, element_to_bump);
    g_queue_insert_before_link (queue, old_sibling, element_to_bump);
    g_debug ("Already at the head of the queue");

Christian is using it in GNOME Builder to arrange embedded structures in a queue using embedded GList instances, kernel-style.

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