struct ncplane* notcurses_top(struct notcurses* n);
struct ncplane* notcurses_bottom(struct notcurses* n);
struct ncplane* ncpile_top(struct ncplane* n);
struct ncplane* ncpile_bottom(struct ncplane* n);
Notcurses does not export the ncpile type, nor any functionality that uses it directly. Piles are nonetheless an important concept in Notcurses. Functions which operate on piles (e.g. ncpile_render(3) are invoked with any ncplane within that pile.
Piles are collections of ncplanes, independent from one another for purposes of rendering and also thread-safety. While only one pile can be rasterized (written to the display) at a time, arbitrary concurrent actions can be safely performed on distinct piles. Piles do not compose: rasterizing a pile destroys any overlapping material.
A pile is created in one of three ways:
- ncpile_create(3) is called,
- ncvisual_blit(3) is called with a NULL target plane n, or
- ncplane_reparent(3) is called with n equal to newparent, and n is not already a root plane.
A pile is destroyed whenever its last ncplane is destroyed, or reparented into some other pile.
The planes of a pile are totally ordered along the z-axis. ncpile_top and ncpile_bottom return the topmost and bottommost planes, respectively, of the pile containing their argument. notcurses_top and notcurses_bottom do the same for the standard pile.
notcurses(3), notcurses_plane(3), notcurses_render(3), notcurses_visual(3)
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