[PATCH wayland-protocols] xdg-output: deprecate the xdg_output.done event

Simon Ser contact at emersion.fr
Sat Apr 27 07:44:39 UTC 2019

This commit makes it so a wl_output.done event is guaranteed to be sent with a
xdg_output.done event.

This protocol change has been discussed in a recent xorg-devel discussions [1].

First let's recap why a change is needed: Xwayland listens to both wl_output and
xdg_output changes. When an output's properties change, Xwayland expects to
receive both a wl_output.done event and an xdg_output.done event. If that's not
the case, Xwayland doesn't update its state (so old state is still exposed to
X11 clients).

Most of the time, both objects will be updated at the same time (e.g. the
current mode is changed, so both wl_output.mode and xdg_output.logical_size are
sent) so this won't be an issue. However in some situations only one of
wl_output or xdg_output changes. For instance:

- The mode is changed at the same time as the scale, resulting in the same
- The compositor doesn't expose the outputs' position via wl_output, so whenever
  the position changes only xdg_output is updated.

Both KDE [2] and wlroots [3] have experienced this issue.

For this reason, I'd like to update the xdg-output protocol to make it mandatory
to always send a wl_output.done event after xdg_output changes. This effectively
makes wl_output.done atomically apply all output state (including the state of
add-on objects like xdg_output). This approach is pretty similar to
wl_surface.commit: this request will atomically apply surface state including
the state of e.g. the xdg_surface object tied to the wl_surface.

To update the protocol to reflect this new requirement we can either:

- **Bump xdg_output version**. The current protocol doesn't specify that
  wl_output.done must be sent, adding this new requirement would be a breaking
  change. We need to fix Xwayland for the current xdg_output version (maybe make
  it non-atomic for the current version, atomic for the new one?). Should we
  deprecate xdg_output.done in the new version?
- **Don't bump xdg_output version**. This clarifies what is expected in practice
  by Xwayland, a major xdg_output consumer, and what is currently implemented by
  all compositors.

There's one issue with the "don't bump" approach: indeed in practice compositors
always send wl_output.done and xdg_output.done in pairs, however the ordering
between those two events is not guaranteed. This means some compositors might
send this sequence:


In this case the wl_output.done event fails to atomically apply the xdg_output

For this reason, I think bumping the version is a better approach.

This commit also deprecates xdg_output.done, which doesn't have any purpose

[1]: https://lists.x.org/archives/xorg-devel/2019-April/058148.html
[2]: https://phabricator.kde.org/D19253
[3]: https://github.com/swaywm/sway/issues/4064

Signed-off-by: Simon Ser <contact at emersion.fr>
 unstable/xdg-output/xdg-output-unstable-v1.xml | 8 ++++++--
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/unstable/xdg-output/xdg-output-unstable-v1.xml b/unstable/xdg-output/xdg-output-unstable-v1.xml
index ccbfe1c..01ac7a7 100644
--- a/unstable/xdg-output/xdg-output-unstable-v1.xml
+++ b/unstable/xdg-output/xdg-output-unstable-v1.xml
@@ -54,7 +54,7 @@

-  <interface name="zxdg_output_manager_v1" version="2">
+  <interface name="zxdg_output_manager_v1" version="3">
     <description summary="manage xdg_output objects">
       A global factory interface for xdg_output objects.
@@ -77,7 +77,7 @@

-  <interface name="zxdg_output_v1" version="2">
+  <interface name="zxdg_output_v1" version="3">
     <description summary="compositor logical output region">
       An xdg_output describes part of the compositor geometry.

@@ -157,6 +157,10 @@

 	This allows changes to the xdg_output properties to be seen as
 	atomic, even if they happen via multiple events.
+	For objects version 3 onwards, this event is deprecated. Compositors
+	are not required to send it anymore and must send wl_output.done
+	instead.


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