[vtkusers] How to compile VTK 3.2 using Mesa on Win32?

Lisa S. Avila lisa.avila at kitware.com
Tue Mar 20 17:00:03 EST 2001

Hello John,

You don't need Mesa - you can render into memory with OpenGL on Win32. Look at
vtkWin32OpenGLRenderWindow::SetUpMemoryRendering() and 


At 03:39 PM 3/20/2001, John M. Linebarger wrote:
>How would I alter the makefile created by pcmaker so that I use Mesa 
>instead of
>the Win32 OpenGL headers and libraries?  I need off-screen rendering 
>on Windows 2000, and don't seem to be able to get a vtkMesaRenderWindow class
>unless I explicitly compile vtk using Mesa.  But I don't seem to be able to
>customize the makefile and configure VTK to build properly with Mesa.
>I did get Mesa 3.4.1 to build and execute properly on Windows 2000, so 
>that's a
>good first step.  Or is there another way altogether to get off-screen 
>to work?  What I want is a pure windowless graphics server, which will run in
>the background as a DCOM component service and serve JPEG images without ever
>needing to pop up a window on the screen.
>Thanks!  Enjoy!
>John M. Linebarger
>Lehigh University/Sandia National Laboratories

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