OpenGL man pages
glSelectBuffer - establish a buffer for selection mode values
void glSelectBuffer( GLsizei size,
GLuint *buffer )
size Specifies the size of buffer.
buffer Returns the selection data.
glSelectBuffer has two arguments: buffer is a pointer to an array of
unsigned integers, and size indicates the size of the array. buffer
returns values from the name stack (see glInitNames, glLoadName,
glPushName) when the rendering mode is GL_SELECT (see glRenderMode).
glSelectBuffer must be issued before selection mode is enabled, and it must
not be issued while the rendering mode is GL_SELECT.
Selection is used by a programmer to determine which primitives are drawn
into some region of a window. The region is defined by the current
modelview and perspective matrices.
In selection mode, no pixel fragments are produced from rasterization.
Instead, if a primitive intersects the clipping volume defined by the
viewing frustum and the user-defined clipping planes, this primitive causes
a selection hit. (With polygons, no hit occurs if the polygon is culled.)
When a change is made to the name stack, or when glRenderMode is called, a
hit record is copied to buffer if any hits have occurred since the last
such event (name stack change or glRenderMode call). The hit record
consists of the number of names in the name stack at the time of the event,
followed by the minimum and maximum depth values of all vertices that hit
since the previous event, followed by the name stack contents, bottom name
Returned depth values are mapped such that the largest unsigned integer
value corresponds to window coordinate depth 1.0, and zero corresponds to
window coordinate depth 0.0.
An internal index into buffer is reset to zero whenever selection mode is
entered. Each time a hit record is copied into buffer, the index is
incremented to point to the cell just past the end of the block of names -
that is, to the next available cell. If the hit record is larger than the
number of remaining locations in buffer, as much data as can fit is copied,
and the overflow flag is set. If the name stack is empty when a hit record
is copied, that record consists of zero followed by the minimum and maximum
Selection mode is exited by calling glRenderMode with an argument other
than GL_SELECT. Whenever glRenderMode is called while the render mode is
GL_SELECT, it returns the number of hit records copied to buffer, resets
the overflow flag and the selection buffer pointer, and initializes the
name stack to be empty. If the overflow bit was set when glRenderMode was
called, a negative hit record count is returned.
The contents of buffer are undefined until glRenderMode is called with an
argument other than GL_SELECT.
glBegin/glEnd primitives and calls to glRasterPos can result in hits.
GL_INVALID_VALUE is generated if size is negative.
GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if glSelectBuffer is called while the
render mode is GL_SELECT, or if glRenderMode is called with argument
GL_SELECT before glSelectBuffer is called at least once.
GL_INVALID_OPERATION is generated if glSelectBuffer is executed between the
execution of glBegin and the corresponding execution of glEnd.
glGet with argument GL_NAME_STACK_DEPTH
glFeedbackBuffer, glInitNames, glLoadName, glPushName, glRenderMode
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