#12272 NORM 13.1.0: Activity updater freezes

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#12272: Activity updater freezes
           Reporter:  bert             |       Owner:  dsd                              
               Type:  defect           |      Status:  assigned                         
           Priority:  normal           |   Milestone:  13.1.0                           
          Component:  upgrade utility  |     Version:  Development build as of this date
         Resolution:                   |    Keywords:                                   
        Next_action:  code             |    Verified:  0                                
Deployment_affected:                   |   Blockedby:                                   
           Blocking:                   |  
Changes (by dsd):

  * next_action:  never set => code


 This was a threads issue after all:

 The software updater creates a thread for the update work, and this thread
 calls into the bundle registry. The bundle registry emits the 'bundle-
 added' signal when an activity is installed/upgraded, and this causes
 immediate in-thread execution of the signal handlers, which include the
 favoritesview and the activitylist classes, which do GTK+ work. These
 signal handlers do not follow any of the GDK thread-safety guidelines and
 are hence unsafe to be called from threads.

 It is not really reasonable for the software updater to mandate thread
 safety on this part of the sugar internals, at least while it is not code
 within sugar itself. Need to make the install_or_upgrade call from the
 main thread. My first approach fails as it looks like the old static glib
 bindings (which we're forced to use until GNOME 3.8) do not include

Ticket URL: <http://dev.laptop.org/ticket/12272#comment:14>
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