I need to add a new signal to a GTK+ widget. Any idea?

If the signal you want to add may be beneficial for other GTK+ users, you may want to submit a patch that presents your changes. Check the tutorial for more information about adding signals to a widget class.

If you don't think it is the case or if your patch is not applied you'll have to use the gtk_object_class_user_signal_new function. gtk_object_class_user_signal_new allows you to add a new signal to a predefined GTK+ widget without any modification of the GTK+ source code. The new signal can be emited with gtk_signal_emit and can be handled in the same way as other signals.

Tim Janik posted this code snippet:

static guint signal_user_action = 0;

signal_user_action =
  gtk_object_class_user_signal_new (gtk_type_class (GTK_TYPE_WIDGET),
                    GTK_RUN_LAST | GTK_RUN_ACTION,
                    GTK_TYPE_NONE, 1,

gtk_widget_user_action (GtkWidget *widget,
                        gpointer   act_data)
  g_return_if_fail (GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget));

  gtk_signal_emit (GTK_OBJECT (widget), signal_user_action, act_data);

If you want your new signal to have more than the classical gpointer parameter, you'll have to play with GTK+ marshallers.