[Xorg] Question about X Server Internal

Amir Bukhari ufz6 at rz.uni-karlsruhe.de
Sat Aug 21 16:26:55 PDT 2004

On Sun, 2004-08-22 at 01:00, Vladimir Dergachev wrote:

> Most accelerated drivers do not access framebuffer directly, just cause 
> the card to perform the corresponding operation.
that is right when XAA is used but I would like to understand cfb code
(actually how it access the framebuffer).
> >
> > 2- is there a different between XImage and Pixmap?
> AFAIK, XImage is a structure that is used for exchanging image data with 
> Xserver (using, for example, shared memory).
> Pixmap is an area you can draw to. In particular, pixmaps can be allocated 
> directly in video memory.
> The difference comes from the fact that XImage structure is located in 
> your application virtual memory, but pixmap is located in Xserver virtual 
> memory.
> The Pixmap value that your application has is just a handle used to tell 
> Xserver which pixmap you are using.

I have read that pixmap has no colormap and alone it does not define a
complete image but I can copy pixmap to a window, thus it will be
displayed on screen, this made confusion!


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