Display Architecture in GRASS 7

Comments from Glynn Clements (from here):

  1. Eliminating separate driver processes. Having to extend the protocol for each new operation has been a major drag on development.
  2. Use of floating-point for all graphics coordinates. For geographic data, the expected approach will be to set an appropriate transform then use cartographic coordinates.
  3. Common architecture for both video and hardcopy output. should be redundant.

In retrospect, 1. means that we don't really need support for the Windows/MacOSX GUI, just the ability to generate image files.

With X, we could take the shortcut of having d.* commands draw directly into an existing window, but I don't know whether that's possible on other platforms.

OTOH, it might be useful to be able to use the same functions for self-contained GUI programs (e.g. vector digitising) as for d.* commands.

Use PAL/JPAL cartographic labelling library (GPL, C++ language, JNI wrapper), see also QGIS integration

Display Library

Eliminate raster display functions

Directory lib/raster is now used for raster library.

Initial step was to eliminate R_() fns (some of them moved to lib/display).

  • lib/raster has been removed in r37976 (lib/raster/raster.c -> lib/display/r_raster.c). The fn names unchanged.
  • raster.h merged with display.h
  • Some R_() fns can be made be static, see suggestion (r38001)

Status: done

Drop support for interactive xmon modules


  • d.font etc.
    • Huidae Cho merged d.text.freetype and d.text into; drop them and rename into d.text. Done
    • merge d.font and d.font.freetype too - now done in 6.3?
  • d.vect
    • consolidate parameter names (attrcol, wcolumn, rgb_column) : -> attr_column, width_column, rgb_column? Done See
  • remove d.ask,, d.linegraph(?), d.mapgraph, d.text.freetype, d.paint.labels (symlink), d.font.* - rewrite d.ask, as WxGUI popup-window modules independent of display?
  • remove d.m Done
  • d.legend, d.barscale, d.text, etc: make at=0,0 origin identical! - FWIW, I copied the d.legend at= syntax from d.frame --HB
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