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Re: Wait cursor animation does not work properly

On Sun, 2017-09-03 at 16:54 +0100, Emmanuele Bassi wrote:
> You're blocking the toolkit's main loop, here. If your application
> does this, it's broken and needs to be fixed - regardless of what the
> cursor looks like.
> The cursor is rendered by the Wayland compositor, but the animation
> is
> performed by the toolkit, i.e. it's the toolkit that uploads the
> cursor's data to the compositor.

Of course you are right that using g_idle_add() is still blocking the
GUI. But I think that having an animated Busy cursor makes only sense
at all when it is animated while a program is doing some heavy
calculation. So the animated cursor is indeed an indication for a short
blocked period. My chess engine takes only a few seconds to calculate
the next move, so creating an own thread is some overkill. What I need:
User has done his move, so update display, indicate that computer is
"thinking" for a few seconds, and then update display again. I think
that should be possible with g_idle_add(). Instead of the busy pointer
I may set a message to the window title.

Later I may consider indeed using a separate thread -- I did that
already one year ago for my Ned Nim editor for communicating with the
nimsuggest process, but I can not remember details currently. Doing it
really properly may be not easy for a chess engine, as the human player
should be able to interrupt the computer thinking at arbitrary times. 
Unfortunately there exist very few examples, and some are more Python
related like

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