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Re: Probable bug in WGL implementation (AIGLX) of GLX calls in XWin -wgl

Hello Jon,

Thanks for the detailed response.

The current implementation of GLX using WGL takes a few shortcuts, basically
anything that is drawn with OpenGL isn't composed into the screen, it's just
drawn on top of it.

I wouldn't want to sound too peevish, as I was quite happy to find that OpenGL hardware acceleration was even possible, as it was not on the previous version of Cygwin that I had downloaded. That it fails in obscure applications is sort of to be expected.

This works well enough when the GLX window is a top-level window, or is
non-top-level and has no occluding relatives and is drawn after anything it
occludes, but mis-renders in more complex scenarios.

This is discussed a bit more in [1]

As mentioned there I have done a bit of work fix the mis-rendering in some
cases.  I can't quite tell from you description exactly what's going wrong, so
I am not sure if those changes are going to help in this particular case.

I have built a test release including the changes discussed there, available
at [2], if you would like to test if it makes things better/worse/no difference.

I downloaded the link, ran the X server, ran my application, and get no difference in the behavior.

The proper solution is probably something like rendering the OpenGL to an
offscreen buffer, and then composing it into the un-occluded area of the
window, but that is considerably more complex to implement.

The two problems with this approach are that (1) I have found more buggy implementations in OpenGL servers by doing offscreen rendering; and (2) this particular tool is a VLSI layout editor and must be rendered directly on the front buffer. The general approach is to render everything as fast as possible and always be willing to break on key interrupt to start over. And I have misappropriated the back buffer for backing store purposes. . .

The issue here is that I have the whole tool running as an extension
of Tcl/Tk.  I make a low-level call to Tk to give me an X11 window,
which is a simple frame window in Tk but also part of a grid of
sub-windows that includes a menu on top and scrollbars on side and
bottom.  I make a GLX call to render into the window I get from Tk.

There are two occasions when the window gets rudely overdrawn,
apparently by Tk (that is, the X server appears to know when not
to draw into the OpenGL window except when the drawing requests
come from the same process):  One is that if I raise the Tk console
window to obscure part of the OpenGL window, and then lower it behind
the OpenGL window, the interior contents (not the frame, therefore,
only those drawing requests sent to the server by Tk) continue to be
drawn onto the OpenGL window.  The second case is a little bit strange
to me, in that Tk apparently wants to draw the background of the left-
side scrollbar as a gray rectangle that covers not just the scrollbar
window but most of the OpenGL window, too.  It may be a Tk error that
it draws outside the bounds of its own sub-window, but in a correctly
working X server, it does not take precedence over the OpenGL window
contents.  I have found that if I disable the scrollbar, the effect
disappears.  So I can manage to work around everything (if necessary)
except for the obscuring window problem.

    One I tarball up this version of magic, I can send a pointer to
where it can be obtained if anybody wants to download it and test
for the bug.

Thanks. This would be useful as a test case for any future work to improve this.

The program (Cygwin version) is a two-part install that includes an X11-based version of Tcl/Tk for Cygwin:

Where "tcltk_x11_w7.tgz" is the 64-bit version that I was using when
I found the problem, and the VLSI layout tool is

where the 64-bit Windows 7 version is "magic-8.0.116w7.tgz".  The
direct download URLs are

The latter one installs a shell script /usr/local/bin/magic that
launches the layout tool.  Use "magic -d OGL" from a Cygwin xterm to
get the OpenGL-based version.  The error can be seen by alternately
raising the Tk console window and the layout window, with the contents
of the console window continuing to be drawn after the window is pushed
under the OpenGL window.

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