POV-Ray : Newsgroups : povray.unix : X Windows display: disabled : Re: X Windows display: disabled Server Time
23 Jun 2021 05:20:12 EDT (-0400)
  Re: X Windows display: disabled  
From: jr
Date: 1 Oct 2018 14:30:07
Message: <web.5bb2671c6c2a6a24b0d4fc1e0@news.povray.org>
hi,

clipka <ano### [at] anonymousorg> wrote:
> Am 01.10.2018 um 18:36 schrieb jr:
> > I think POV-Ray does not "do" X at all, the last version (I have access to)
> > which does is 3.6.1.  from 3.7.x it uses the SDL instead.  a real pity because
> > if POV-Ray output to an actual X window, knocking up front-ends a la 'qtpovray'
> > would be  doable in a(ny) number of (scripting) languages, with a single
> > supporting command line switch (cf 'xterm -into $id').
> > (also, why SDL in the first place?  all the joystick and audio etc facilities,
> > unused.  yet, no preview without)
>
> I'm pretty sure it was primarily a matter of maintainability. And with
> SDL being able to drive Xlib, my naive assumption as a Windows jockey is
> that it /should/ still work.

I did have a look at the API (some time ago, not long after installing 3.7), as
I recall there is no way of telling SDL to use a given window (id).

using Xlib (or lower) directly would have the added benefit of the built-in
network transparency.


regards, jr.


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