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opengl front / back buffer problems? (simple example inside)

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TSM    124
Hey guys.

I'm re-sharpening my OpenGL stone, and I've hit a problem that has stumped both myself and my internet researching skills. It's probably very simple.

The problem is once I run my application, the application's viewport flashes between two renders in a flickering pattern. I'm supposing the front and back buffers are swapping.

How can I prevent this? I want all the triangles to stay on screen at all times. I'm certain it has to do with my if/else statment followed by window.display(), which is from SFML 2.0rc.

I'm working on a Sierpinski Gasket (I'm close but not done yet. Don't tell me I want to figure it out!). I am interested in general code clean up though. I'm open for any suggestions!


P.S my edits are code clean ups and exipirments to fix the issue. I'm still hunting!

[source lang="cpp"]
#include SFML/Graphics.hpp
#include GL/glew.h

using namespace sf;

struct point
float x, y; // z is always 0 ... for now. MWUAHAHAA

point points[3] = {{0.f, 1.f}, // top
{-1.f, -1.f}, // left
{ 1.f, -1.f}}; // right

point temp = {points[0].x, points[0].y};

void renderFirstTriangle()


glColor3f(1.f, 1.f, 1.f);
glVertex3f(points[0].x, points[0].y, 0.f);

glColor3f(1.f, 1.f, 1.f);
glVertex3f(points[1].x, points[1].y, 0.f);

glColor3f(1.f, 1.f, 1.f);
glVertex3f(points[2].x, points[2].y, 0.f);


int main()
Window window(VideoMode(800, 600), "Fractal", Style::Default, ContextSettings(32));


while (window.isOpen())
Event event;
while (window.pollEvent(event))
if (event.type == Event::Resized)
glViewport(0, 0, event.size.width, event.size.height);

else if (event.type == Event::Closed)

for (int i = 0; i < 2; i++)
// calculate new vertex positions

temp.x = points[0].x;
temp.y = points[0].y;


if( i % 2 )
glColor3f(0.1f, 0.1f, 0.1f);

glVertex3f((points[0].x + points[1].x) / 2, (points[0].y + points[1].y) / 2, 0.0f);
glVertex3f((points[1].x + points[2].x) / 2, (points[1].y + points[2].y) / 2, 0.0f);
glVertex3f((points[2].x + temp.x) / 2, (points[2].y + temp.y) / 2, 0.0f);

}[/source] Edited by TSM

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kd7tck    735
I know you probably don't want to hear this, but using a Grammar L-system will be more robust. Not only that but most fractals can be generated this way more easily.

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