Messages are refcounted lightweight objects to signal the application of pipeline events.

Messages are implemented as a subclass of GstMiniObject with a generic GstStructure as the content. This allows for writing custom messages without requiring an API change while allowing a wide range of different types of messages.

Messages are posted by objects in the pipeline and are passed to the application using the GstBus (See also gstbus and gstpipeline).

Message types

GST_MESSAGE_EOS: Posted by sink elements. This message is posted to the application when all the sinks in a pipeline have posted an EOS message. When performing a flushing seek, the EOS state of the pipeline and sinks is reset.

GST_MESSAGE_ERROR: An element in the pipeline got into an error state. The message carries a GError and a debug string describing the error. This usually means that part of the pipeline is not streaming anymore.

GST_MESSAGE_WARNING: An element in the pipeline encountered a condition that made it produce a warning. This could be a recoverable decoding error or some other non fatal event. The pipeline continues streaming after a warning.

GST_MESSAGE_INFO: An element produced an informational message.

GST_MESSAGE_TAG: An element decoded metadata about the stream. The message carries a GstTagList with the tag information.

GST_MESSAGE_BUFFERING: An element is buffering data and that could potentially take some time. This message is typically emitted by elements that perform some sort of network buffering. While the pipeline is buffering it should remain in the PAUSED state. When the buffering is finished, it can resume PLAYING.

GST_MESSAGE_STATE_CHANGED: An element changed state in the pipeline. The message carries the old, new and pending state of the element.

GST_MESSAGE_STATE_DIRTY: An internal message used to instruct a pipeline hierarchy that a state recalculation must be performed because of an ASYNC state change completed. This message is not used anymore.

GST_MESSAGE_STEP_DONE: An element stepping frames has finished. This is currently not used.

GST_MESSAGE_CLOCK_PROVIDE: An element notifies its capability of providing a clock for the pipeline.

GST_MESSAGE_CLOCK_LOST: The current clock, as selected by the pipeline, became unusable. The pipeline will select a new clock on the next PLAYING state change.

GST_MESSAGE_NEW_CLOCK: A new clock was selected for the pipeline.

GST_MESSAGE_STRUCTURE_CHANGE: The pipeline changed its structure, This means elements were added or removed or pads were linked or unlinked. This message is not yet used.

GST_MESSAGE_STREAM_STATUS: Posted by an element when it starts/stops/pauses a streaming task. It contains information about the reason why the stream state changed along with the thread id. The application can use this information to detect failures in streaming threads and/or to adjust streaming thread priorities.

GST_MESSAGE_APPLICATION: The application posted a message. This message must be used when the application posts a message on the bus.

GST_MESSAGE_ELEMENT: Element-specific message. See the specific element's documentation

GST_MESSAGE_SEGMENT_START: An element started playback of a new segment. This message is not forwarded to applications but is used internally to schedule SEGMENT_DONE messages.

GST_MESSAGE_SEGMENT_DONE: An element or bin completed playback of a segment. This message is only posted on the bus if a SEGMENT seek is performed on a pipeline.

GST_MESSAGE_DURATION_CHANGED: An element posts this message when it has detected or updated the stream duration.

GST_MESSAGE_ASYNC_START: Posted by sinks when they start an asynchronous state change.

GST_MESSAGE_ASYNC_DONE: Posted by sinks when they receive the first data buffer and complete the asynchronous state change.

GST_MESSAGE_LATENCY: Posted by elements when the latency in a pipeline changed and a new global latency should be calculated by the pipeline or application.

GST_MESSAGE_REQUEST_STATE: Posted by elements when they want to change the state of the pipeline they are in. A typical use case would be an audio sink that requests the pipeline to pause in order to play a higher priority stream.

GST_MESSAGE_STEP_START: A stepping operation has started.

GST_MESSAGE_QOS: A buffer was dropped or an element changed its processing strategy for Quality of Service reasons.

GST_MESSAGE_PROGRESS: A progress message was posted. Progress messages inform the application about the state of asynchronous operations.

GST_MESSAGE_TOC: A new table of contents (TOC) was found or a previously found one was updated.

GST_MESSAGE_STREAM_START: Signals the start of a new stream.

GST_MESSAGE_NEED_CONTEXT: Signals that an element wants a specific context (Since 1.2)

GST_MESSAGE_HAVE_CONTEXT: Signals that an element created a context (Since 1.2)

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