GooCanvas2::CairoTypes - Bridge between GooCanvas2 and Cairo types


        use GooCanvas2;
        use GooCanvas2::CairoTypes;

        my $pattern = Cairo::SolidPattern->create_rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);
        my $rect = GooCanvas2::CanvasRect->new(
                'fill-pattern' => $pattern,  # fails without CairoTypes, just works with

        # Sometimes (but not always, no idea why) this fails:
        # Here's the solution:


There is an issue in the interaction between GooCanvas, GObject Introspection, Cairo, and their Perl bindings, which causes some functionality to be unusable from Perl side. This is better described here, and there was an attempt to fix it upstream. Until it's fixed, this can serve as a workaround for it.

Currently this module only "fixes" Cairo::Pattern/GooCanvas2::CairoPattern interop. For certain calls it just works if this module was included; for some other calls you need to explicitly convert the type.

If you have any idea how to fix those cases to not require such call, or need to bridge more types, pull requests are welcome!


Alexey Sokolov, <>


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