[KPhotoAlbum] Problems in my port to look out for

Jesper K. Pedersen blackie at blackie.dk
Sun Jul 29 20:19:47 CEST 2007

I just realized I did some pretty stupid thing when porting to KDE4, so here 
is something to look out for when you debug the KDE 4 version of KPA, and 
esp. when you see crashes due to pointers already being deleted.

Lots of places in the API there are DB::CategoryItemPtr and similar Ptr 
classes used. This is a reference counted version, that will delete the 
wrapped DB::CategoryItem* when the last instance of the Ptr class goes out of 

In KDE 3 I could give a CategoryItemPtr to a function that expected a 
CategoryItem* and it would itself extract the pointer. This doesn't work with 
KDE 4. I therefore unfortunately replaced the function parameter from 
CategoryItem* to CategoryItemPtr, which suddanly added reference counting and 
in the end deletion to a pointer that should not be.

The real solution was of course to call the data() method on the 
CategoryItemPtr instance to extract the pointer.

Having trouble finding a given image in your collection containing
thousands of images?

http://www.kphotoalbum.org might be the answer.

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