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XRandR Equivalent Published For Wayland, Weston

Wayland

Published on 10 March 2013 11:19 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland
34 Comments

Aside from window minimizing and maximizing support, another feature missing from Wayland/Weston has been an easy way to change resolutions and other display functionality that up until recently was handled via XRandR, the X Resize and Rotate extension. Now Weston has received a similar port.

The RandR extension is obviously tied to X.Org, but similar functionality now exists via a "wlrandr" protocol extension. The "wlrandr" extension allows for switching modes and also ships a weston-switch-mode utility for changing modes just like xrandr. Right now only the DRM back-end is supported by this work. The patch can be found on the mailing list.

However, right now there is some uncertainty whether this will be accepted since previously it's been talked about for not exposing resolution information over the Wayland protocol. For more details on that see this reply.

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