[Public WebGL] Specifying the behavior of bindXXX when passed a deleted resource

Gregg Tavares [email protected]
Tue Jun 18 12:14:30 PDT 2013

Actually I'm not sure what should happen here and AFAICT it's not clear
from the ES spec.

The ES spec doesn't say what happens if you call useProgram on a program
marked for deletion but not actually deleted but it is clear you can still
use the object for things like GetProgramiv as that's how you query if it's
marked for deletion.

If they decided to make other resources behave like shaders and programs
(ie, you must call glGenXXX to create an id and glBindXXX stops creating
resources and delete behaves the same), then there's all kinds of
interesting questions

If you can useProgram a program marked for deletion but not deleted then
you should be able to bindTexture a texture marked for deletion but not
Similarly you should be able to call getTexParameter on a texture marked
for deletion just like you can call getProgramParameter on a program marked
for deletion
Other queries and binds would also seem to work.

I don't think that would be a problem. In that case bindXXX and useProgram
would only fail on objects actually deleted, not objects just marked for
deletion. I know Chrome would have no problem with that as we already don't
actually call glDeleteXXX on anything unless all its references are gone
since there are driver bugs otherwise. I'm pretty sure Firefox does the

I've asked for some input from the OpenGL WG.

On Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM, Zhenyao Mo <[email protected]> wrote:

> Yes and yes.
> But for gl.userProgram, we need to be more careful to define the
> "deleted" state, because the name is still valid after
> gl.deleteProgram if it's currently bound.
> Mo
> On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Gregg Tavares <[email protected]> wrote:
> > AFAICT the WebGL spec is currently silent on what happens when you bind a
> > deleted resource.
> >
> > In other words
> >
> >     var tex = gl.createTexture();
> >     gl.deleteTexture(tex);
> >     gl.bindTexture(gl.TEXTURE_2D, tex);  // What does this do?
> >
> > The conformance tests expect that to bind 0 [glBindTexture(gl.TEXTURE_2D,
> > 0)] but the WebGL spec doesn't say that's what's supposed to happen.
> >
> > We need to update the spec but I'm also curious if we should change the
> > behavior. Should that bind above generate INVALID_VALUE or should it
> stay as
> > is and bind 0?
> >
> > The same is true of gl.useProgram. Calling useProgram on a deleted
> program
> > ends up calling glUseProgram(0) but that's not in the spec. In fact it's
> > specifically against the spec as the ES 2.0.25 spec, 2.10.1 says
> >
> > Commands that accept shader or program object names will generate the
> error
> > INVALID_VALUE if the provided name is not the name of either a shader or
> > program object and INVALID_OPERATION  if the provided name identifies an
> > object that is not the expected type.
> >
> >
> > We either need to fix implementations and tests to match the ES spec or
> > update the WebGL spec to document the different behavior.
> >
> > Should binding a deleted resource generate an error? My vote = yes.
> > Should useProgram follow the ES spec and generate an error? My vote = yes
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> >
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