Window previews in xfwm4

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at
Tue Jan 13 15:52:56 CET 2015

Nope, sorry.


On 13 January 2015 at 15:08, Sonal Santan <sonal.santan at> wrote:
> Hello,
> IMHO this implementation fits very well with the existing infrastructure in
> tabwin which expects a GdkPixbuf to draw onto the window buttons, requiring
> minimal changes overall. I do agree that in an ideal world we would not use
> XGetImage to capture the contents of the preview pixmap but directly render
> the preview over a picture provided by the preview client. But that would
> require more changes. Also, I believe this implementation is inline with my
> original proposal of using XImage as a mechanism to exchange previews to
> clients. The images are small so the overhead should not be huge.
> Can we go ahead with the current design for now while I will look at
> optimizing the implementation as a future step?
> -Sonal
> On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM, Olivier Fourdan <fourdan at> wrote:
>> Hi
>> I haven't looked much at the code, but using XGetImage and XImage
>> conversion seem inappropriate here.
>> Using a compositor, all client windows are unredirected, meaning they
>> are rendered to an offscreen pixmap already, and the compositor has
>> all that's required already, it "knows" about all this so all you need
>> to do is to add hooks in the compositor to retrieve this and use that
>> picture, that's all. Metacity's compositor was based originally on
>> xfwm4's and had that feature up until not too long ago (not sure it's
>> still there), you should look there for an example.
>> Also, please note that the gtk_ prefix is for gtk alone.
>> Cheers,
>> Olivier
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