Backend customisation and be->price_lookup

Neil Williams linux at
Thu Sep 22 08:07:03 EDT 2005

As well as backend configuration options, there is an evident need to remove 
GnuCash-specific backend handlers from QofBackend in a way that abstracts the 
functionality and allows other applications to use their own customised 
handlers in their backends.

e.g. The GnuCash version of QofBackend includes price_lookup which is 
evidently unsuitable for a generic library like QOF which knows nothing of 
prices. Equally, some other QOF application may want similar functionality - 
although I've no idea what just now.

be->price_lookup is already highlighted as needing replacement:
  /** XXX price_lookup should be removed during the redesign
   * of the SQL backend... prices can now be queried using
   * the generic query mechanism.

Until that happens, I propose to use backend_extensions - a new GHashTable - 
to provide the link between the backend customised function and the 

static const char* lookup_func = "GNCPriceLookupID";

  if (be)
	  void (*price_lookup) (QofBackend *, GNCPriceLookup *);
	  price_lookup = qof_backend_extension(lookup_func);

The hashtable will be populated by QofBackendProvider when it calls the init 
function of the particular backend. This way, the number, type and IDstring 
of all backend extensions are entirely determined by the backend in use. 
Those routines that use the extensions simply attempt a lookup - using the 
same string - and receive a NULL if the current backend does not support the 
function with the IDstring requested.

This will be implemented in CashUtil initially before being incorporated into 
the main QOF library sometime after QOF 0.6.0 is on full release (possibly in 

Those backends that set price_lookup or export would stop using 
be->price_lookup and instead register the extension in their 
QofBackendProvider init function using:
void qof_backend_extension_add(char *IDstring, gpointer data);
where IDstring is the static char* that the application uses to locate the 
function and data is a gpointer to the function itself.

qof_backend_extension_add("GNCPriceLookupID", pgendPriceFind);

Note that this does mean that the extension is only registered once - when the 
backend GModule is first loaded, usually at application startup. Backends can 
either use more than one extension for different circumstances or modify 
their existing functions (and maybe prototypes) to use a status flag of some 

be->price_lookup is only currently available within the GnuCash tree and will 
be unusable once QOF is spun out as an external library, hence the new 

Alternatively, can price_lookup be dropped and a generic (QofQuery) query used 

Are there any implications for Finance::Quote?


Neil Williams

-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
Url :

More information about the gnucash-devel mailing list