XGetDeviceMotionEvents(3) get device motion history

Other Alias



#include <X11/extensions/XInput.h>

XDeviceTimeCoord *XGetDeviceMotionEvents( Display *display,
                                          XDevice *device,
                                          Time start,
                                          Time stop,
                                          int *nevents_return,
                                          int *mode_return,
                                          int *axis_count_return);

       Specifies the connection to the X server.

       Specifies the device whose motion history is to be

start, stop
       Specify the time interval in which the events are
       returned from the motionhistory buffer.You can pass a
       timestamp or CurrentTime.

       Returns the number of events from the motion history

       Returns the mode of the device (Absolute or Relative).

       Returns the count of axes being reported.


The server may retain the recent history of the device motion
and do so to a finer granularity than is reported by
DeviceMotionNotify events. The XGetDeviceMotionEvents request
makes this history available.

The XGetDeviceMotionEvents request returns all events in the
motion history buffer that fall between the specified start and
stop times, inclusive. If the start time is later than the stop
time or if the start time is in the future, no events are
returned. If the stop time is in the future, it is equivalent
to specifying CurrentTime.

The mode indicates whether the device is reporting absolute
positional data (mode = Absolute ) or relative motion data
(mode = Relative ). Some devices allow their mode to be changed
via the XSetDeviceMode request. These constants are defined in
the file XI.h. The axis_count returns the number of axes or
valuators being reported by the device.

XGetDeviceMotionEvents can generate a BadDevice, or BadMatch


The XDeviceTimeCoord structure contains:

typedef struct {
    Time time;
    int *data;
} XDeviceTimeCoord;

The time member is set to the time, in milliseconds. The data
member is a pointer to an array of integers. These integers are
set to the values of each valuator or axis reported by the
device. There is one element in the array per axis of motion
reported by the device. The value of the array elements depends
on the mode of the device. If the mode is Absolute, the values
are the raw values generated by the device. These may be scaled
by client programs using the maximum values that the device can
generate. The maximum value for each axis of the device is
reported in the max_val field of the XAxisInfo returned by the
XListInputDevices request. If the mode is Relative, the data
values are the relative values generated by the device.

You should use XFreeDeviceMotionEvents to free the data
returned by this request.

Errors returned by this request: BadDevice, BadMatch.


       An invalid device was specified. The specified device
       does not exist or has not been opened by this client via
       XOpenInputDevice. This error may also occur if the
       specified device is the X keyboard or X pointer device.

       This error may occur if an XGetDeviceMotionEvents
       request is made specifying a device that has no
       valuators and reports no axes of motion.