Commit 8c121e10 authored by Simon Ser's avatar Simon Ser Committed by Derek Foreman

protocol: warn clients about some wl_output properties

All wl_output properties don't always make sense for all

Some compositors might not implement a "global compositor space",
(e.g. 3D compositors) in which case properties like x and y don't
make sense.

Some compositors might expose virtual outputs, in which case modes,
make and model are not relevant.

In a lot of these situations, information from xdg_output is better

Compositors also expose output refresh rate, which shouldn't be used
for synchronization purposes.
Signed-off-by: Simon Ser's avatarSimon Ser <>
Reviewed-by: Daniel Stone's avatarDaniel Stone <>
Reviewed-by: Jonas Ådahl's avatarJonas Ådahl <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarDerek Foreman <>
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The physical size can be set to zero if it doesn't make sense for this
output (e.g. for projectors or virtual outputs).
Note: wl_output only advertises partial information about the output
position and identification. Some compositors, for instance those not
implementing a desktop-style output layout or those exposing virtual
outputs, might fake this information. Instead of using x and y, clients
should use xdg_output.logical_position. Instead of using make and model,
clients should use and xdg_output.description.
<arg name="x" type="int"
summary="x position within the global compositor space"/>
......@@ -2451,7 +2458,17 @@
the output device. This is not necessarily the same as
the output size in the global compositor space. For instance,
the output may be scaled, as described in wl_output.scale,
or transformed, as described in wl_output.transform.
or transformed, as described in wl_output.transform. Clients
willing to retrieve the output size in the global compositor
space should use xdg_output.logical_size instead.
Clients should not use the refresh rate to schedule frames. Instead,
they should use the wl_surface.frame event or the presentation-time
Note: this information is not always meaningful for all outputs. Some
compositors, such as those exposing virtual outputs, might fake the
refresh rate or the size.
<arg name="flags" type="uint" enum="mode" summary="bitfield of mode flags"/>
<arg name="width" type="int" summary="width of the mode in hardware units"/>
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