Dropping X11 VCL backend

Tomaž Vajngerl quikee at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 11:10:41 UTC 2020


On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 3:25 PM Ilmari Lauhakangas <
ilmari.lauhakangas at libreoffice.org> wrote:

> On 29.12.2020 8.13, Chris Sherlock wrote:
> > I am interested in knowing the future of the X11 VCL backend now that we
> have a Skia backend. Are there any plans afoot to remove it and just go
> with the Skia backend?
> >
> > If not, may I ask the reason? It seems maintenance heavy.
> >
> > If we are, do we have a potential release where we believe that Skia is
> stable enough to use and remove the X11 backend?
> We could start by gathering the concrete things that we use X11 backend
> for.
> One of them is UI tests, where we advise to use SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gen
> when we want to observe the UI while running tests or while logging UI
> events in the domain specific language:
> https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/UITests
> Hopefully someone can explain why we still need to do this.
Just for clarification, the idea is to remove X11 graphic drawing backend
and use skia instead, but X11 would still be used for windows/frames, so
AFAIK gen would still exist, it would just use skia.

> Ilmari

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