Crate xcb [] [src]

Rust bindings to the XCB library.

The X protocol C-language Binding (XCB - is a replacement for Xlib featuring a small footprint, latency hiding, direct access to the protocol, improved threading support, and extensibility.

The communication is established with the X server by the creation of a Connection object.

A client communicates with the server by sending requests. There are 2 types of requests:

  • void requests: requests that do not expect an answer (e.g. ChangeProperty)
  • non-void requests: requests that need a Reply (e.g. GetProperty)

Void requests are normally unchecked. They are issued by the client, that will normally not do anything else about it. For each such request, it exists a variant with _checked suffix (e.g. change_property and change_property_checked) that allows to receive a confirmation reply from the server via Connection::request_check.

Conversely, non-void requests are normally checked. When the client retrieves the Reply, it can check for an Error. For each such request, it exists a variant with _unchecked suffix (e.g. get_property and get_property_unchecked). If this variant is used, the Reply is retrieved assuming that there was no error.

The server can also communicate with clients by sending Events. The client listens to events with calls such as Connection::wait_for_event (blocking) or Connection::poll_for_event (non-blocking).

API documentation is detailed in modules base and xproto.

  • base: contains Connection and a few utils
  • xproto: X protocol requests and events

X protocol extensions are activated with cargo features


pub use base::*;
pub use xproto::*;