We started out with one method of generting classes. We then ported to a new approach of using QtWaylandScanner to reduce a lot of boiler plate.

New classes should use the new approach.

New Approach

A public facing PIMPL class which should inherit from QObject. A private class that should inherit from QtWaylandServer::interface_name which is auto-generated. This will manage individual resources, handle callbacks and QString conversions.

Class Names should map to the interface name in UpperCamelCase. Where a V1 exists in the interface name, this should be mirrored in the file and class name.

An implementation should handle all versions of a given interface, but not different interfaces which represent different versions.

(i.e zxdg_output_manager_v1 versions 1 2 and 3 would be wrapped in one class XdgOutputManagerV1Interface. A zxdg_output_manager_v2 protocol would be exposed as a new public class XdgOutputManagerV2Interface)


There are 3 modes of operation happening within the exported classes of KWaylandServer

The generated classes can behave in all these modes, it is up to our implementation to use the correct methods.


e.g BlurManager

This represents an object listed by the Display class. Use the interface_name::(wl_display*, int version) constructor within the private class to create an instance.

Server-managed multicasting resources

e.g XdgOutput

This is where one QObject represents multiple Resources.

Use the method

QtWaylandServer::interface_name::add(client, id, version)

to create a a new Resource instance managed by this object.

Use the event method with the wl_resource* overload to send events.

for (auto resource : resourceMap())
send_some_method(resource->handle, arg1, arg2);

methods to send requests to all clients.

Client-owned Resources:

e.g BlurInterface

This is where one instance of our public class represents a single resource. Typically the lifespan of the exported class matches our resource.

In the private class use the QtWaylandServer::interface_name(wl_resource*) constructor to create a wrapper bound to a specific resource.


send_some_method(arg1, args2)

methods of the privateClass to send events to the resource set in the constructor

Other hooks

_bind_resource is called whenever a resource is bound. This exists for all generated classes in all the operating modes

_destroy_resource is a hook called whenever a resource has been unbound. Note one should not call wl_resource_destroy in this hook.

Resource destructors

destructors (tagged with type="destructor" in the XML) are not handled specially in QtWayland it is up to the class implementation to implement the event handler and call


in the relevant method

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