[Haskell-cafe] ANNOUNCE: gnome-keyring 0.1 (bindings to libgnome-keyring)

John Millikin jmillikin at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 11:47:20 EST 2009

I'm not keen on gtk2hs in general -- it's quite monolithic, which
makes it difficult to 1) install (via Cabal) and 2) develop. Ideally,
GTK+ bindings would be available on Hackage in separate packages (like
"gtk", "gnome-vfs", "gconf", etc), and would be developed in separate
repositories to avoid "lockstep".

Luckily, libgnome-keyring doesn't have many glib-isms in its API, so I
could treat it as a mostly standalone library.

On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 03:12, Alexander Kojevnikov
<alexander at kojevnikov.com> wrote:
> jmillikin wrote:
>> The GNOME Keyring is a service for securely storing per-user secret
>> information, such as passwords and encryption keys, on the GNOME
>> desktop. This library is a binding to the libgnome-keyring C library.
>> The API is still a bit too slave-ish to the original for my taste,
>> some modules will be changing/merging in the next version. The innards
>> are an absolute horror -- don't look too close if you're one of those
>> people who faint at rampant unsafe casting.
>> That said, it works surprisingly well for a first-release FFI binding
>> -- mostly due to the excellent design of libgnome-keyring and c2hs.
>> So if any Linux/BSD/OpenSolaris/etc users have needed secure password
>> storage in Haskell, please try it out and let me know if you encounter
>> any problems.
>> Download: http://hackage.haskell.org/package/gnome-keyring/
>> API docs (copy of original library docs):
>> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1947532/gnome-keyring_0.1/index.html
> Thank you so much, John!
> Just yesterday I started learning c2hs and even succeeded in importing
> is_available and result_to_message from libgnome-keyring %) I will use your
> bindings now, they look much better than what I would come up with!
> I opened a ticket [1] at gtk2hs a month ago, I guess it can be closed now
> unless you are interested in integrating with gtk2hs. Despite the name, they
> have a bunch of GNOME bindings: gstreamer, gio, vfs, gconf, etc.
> Cheers,
> Alex
> [1] http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/gtk2hs/ticket/1176
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