On Fri, 2017-08-04 at 15:37 +0200, Georg Chini wrote:
> This patch adds a new feature to the core which allows to exchange
> messages between objects. An object can register/unregister a message
> handler with pa_core_message_handler_{register, unregister}() while
> any other object can send a message to the handler using the
> pa_core_send_message() function. A message has 5 arguments (apart
> from passing the core):
> recipient: The name of the message handler that will receive the message
> message: message command
> message_parameters: A string containing additional parameters
> message_data: void pointer to some parameter structure, can be used
>               as alternative to message_parameters
> response: Pointer to a response string that will be filled by the
>           message handler. The caller is responsible to free the string.
> The patch is a precondition for the following patches that also allow
> clients to send messages to pulseaudio objects.
> Because not every message handler should be visible to clients, a flag
> was added to the handler structure which allows to mark a handler as
> public or private.
> There is no restriction on object names, except that a handler name
> always starts with a "/". The intention is to use a path-like syntax,
> for example /core/sink_1 for a sink or /name/instances/index for modules.
> The exact naming convention still needs to be agreed.
> Message groups are also implemented, so that a handler can subscribe
> to a message group using pa_core_message_handler_group_[un]subscribe()
> to receive messages sent to the group. To distinguish group and handler
> names, group names lack the leading "/". Some of the code used to
> implement the message groups was adapted from hook-list.c. Message
> groups are created/deleted implicitely on subscription/unsubscription.
> The messaging interface can serve as a full replacement for the current
> hook system with several advantages:
> - no need to change header files when a new handler/group is implemented
> - slightly simpler registration interface
> - multi-purpose message handlers that can handle multiple events
> - mesage handlers may also be accessible from the client side

We agree that it's good to allow clients to send messages to modules.
Unfortunately, in this patch you're assuming that we'll also replace
hooks with the same system. Can we please keep things simple and do one
change at a time? I'm not enthusiastic about replacing hooks, and I'd
rather move on with the client message passing before getting consensus
on the hook stuff.

For reference, here's a list of unnecessary (from pure client message
passing point of view) things I can gather from the commit message:

- void pointer argument in message handlers
- public/private flag
- message groups (signals would seem like a better fit for the purpose


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