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Is there a way to use SDL, GLFW and GLEW? It seems that all three are conflicting in some way. I am looking to initialize opengl 3.3 at least with glfw, opengl extensions with glew and handle input and message pump with sdl. It also seems that if glfw doesn't create a window sdl window creation fails, and if glfw does create a window than sdl also creates its window, and there is no effect from any of the gl functions like 'glClearColor' whatsoever.

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[quote name='proanim' timestamp='1355797440' post='5011887']
Is there a way to use SDL, GLFW and GLEW? It seems that all three are conflicting in some way. I am looking to initialize opengl 3.3 at least with glfw, opengl extensions with glew and handle input and message pump with sdl.[/quote]

I don't understand why you would want to do this. GLFW handles input events just fine. You gain nothing by attempting to do it. I strongly recommend you either drop SDL and use GLFW exlusively, or get [url="http://www.libsdl.org/hg.php"]the latest SDL2 snapshot[/url], compile it, and use it instead. SDL2 supports OpenGL 3+ context creation.

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Ok so i decided to use SDL2 and i have created a window with opengl context, everything nice and easy but, i can't get glew to intialize when using sdl2. I need glew for shaders there is no shader support is SDL2 - no glCreateShader and such. Any help?

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[quote name='proanim' timestamp='1355844662' post='5012084']
Ok so i decided to use SDL2 and i have created a window with opengl context, everything nice and easy but, i can't get glew to intialize when using sdl2. I need glew for shaders there is no shader support is SDL2 - no glCreateShader and such. Any help?

when are you calling glewInit(), I'm using SDL2 and I call it after initializing my window and OpenGL context and it works just fine.

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Ok no it doesn't crash when i call glewInit(); after i have setup window and opengl context, but i still can't get shaders to work. This really pisses me off big time, whenevery I want to test something it fails with shaders. I wanted to test SDL2 with this http://www.opengl-tutorial.org/beginners-tutorials/tutorial-2-the-first-triangle/ tutorial. It seems that it works ok on its own but when i want to use it's shader parts 'shader.hpp' and 'shader.cpp' to make the shaders work it fails with 'vector out of bounds' error [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/angry.png[/img] . If i comment out the part that reports errors it still doesn't work. I don't have any idea how to fix this, any help?

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A "vector out of bounds" error has to do with a std::vector being accessed with an invalid index. In the code from the tutorial you linked, the only use I see of std::vector is in creating a buffer for error messages from the shaders (a rather odd thing to do IMO). So my guess is that your shader is failing, the error path is being executed and there is a mistake with the buffer. Did you copy shader.cpp by hand, drop it in your project, or copy/paste?

Whatever the case, all anyone can do is guess without seeing *your* offending code and the exact error messages. So in the future, when you have errors like this, please include more information so people can help you more easily.

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I have copy/pasted shader.hpp and shader.cpp files from tutorials and vertex and fragment shader are in the same directory as the executable.

My code looks like this:

[source lang="cpp"]// main header file
#ifndef _BASE_H_
#define _BASE_H_

// preprocessor directives

// included headers
#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <assert.h>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
#include <algorithm>

// OpenGL headers
#include "GL/glew.h"
#include "GL/glm/glm.hpp"
#include "GL/glm/gtc/matrix_transform.hpp"
#include <GL/gl.h>

// SDL headers
#include "SDL/SDL.h"

// project specific headers
#include "shader.hpp"

// included libraries
#pragma comment(lib, "glew32.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "opengl32.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "SDL.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "SDLmain.lib")

// namespace
using namespace glm; // must be before std namespace
using namespace std;

// function prototypes

//global variables
SDL_Window *MainWin;
SDL_GLContext MainContext;

SDL_Event event; // the event structure that will be used
bool quit = false; // make sure the program waits for a quit

GLuint VBO; // vertex buffer object
GLuint IBO; // index buffer object


[source lang="cpp"]#include "base.h"

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
// init SDL subsystems
return 1;

// setup OpenGL version

//setup stencil buffer

// setup depth buffer
SDL_GL_SetAttribute(SDL_GL_DEPTH_SIZE, 24);

// create main window
MainWin = SDL_CreateWindow("TestApp",

MainContext = SDL_GL_CreateContext(MainWin); // attach OpenGL context to window

// init GLEW
if (glewInit() != GLEW_OK)
fprintf(stderr, "Failed to initialize GLEW\n");
return -1;

SDL_GL_SetSwapInterval(0); // vsync

// background color
// dark blue background
glClearColor(0.0f, 0.0f, 0.3f, 0.0f);

GLuint VertexArrayID;
glGenVertexArrays(1, &VertexArrayID);

// create and compile our GLSL program from the shaders
GLuint programID = LoadShaders("SimpleVertexShader.vertexshader", "SimpleFragmentShader.fragmentshader");

static const GLfloat g_vertex_buffer_data[] = {
-1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f,
1.0f, -1.0f, 0.0f,
0.0f, 1.0f, 0.0f,

GLuint vertexbuffer;
glGenBuffers(1, &vertexbuffer);
glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexbuffer);
glBufferData(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, sizeof(g_vertex_buffer_data), g_vertex_buffer_data, GL_STATIC_DRAW);

// while the user hasn't quit
while(quit == false)
// clear the screen

// use shader

// 1st attribute buffer : vertices
glBindBuffer(GL_ARRAY_BUFFER, vertexbuffer);
0, // attribute 0. No particular reason for 0, but must match the layout in the shader.
3, // size
GL_FLOAT, // type
GL_FALSE, // normalized?
0, // stride
(void*)0 // array buffer offset

// Draw the triangle !
glDrawArrays(GL_TRIANGLES, 0, 3); // From index 0 to 3 -> 1 triangle



// while there's an event to handle
// if the user has Xed out the window
if(event.type == SDL_QUIT)
// quit the program
quit = true;

// Close and destroy the window
// quit SDL

return 0;
any ideas?

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My suggestion would be to use the debugger to step into the call to LoadShaders, and then follow the code flow line by line in the debugger.

That said, I highly suspect your working directory is simply not what you expect it to be. But the bug in the shader error handling must be fixed anyway, so work on that first.

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when debugging this line crashes

glGetShaderInfoLog(VertexShaderID, InfoLogLength, NULL, &VertexShaderErrorMessage[0]); [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/huh.png[/img]

now I just tried to compile the actual tutoral and I am fairly sure I could run it, but now there is the same crash no matter what. And since there is a warning about conflicting libraries - when I sitch to multi threaded dll instead (multi threaded dll debug option) in linker configuration i get failure on comile time with

shader.obj : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol __imp___CrtDbgReportW referenced in function "public: char & __thiscall std::vector<char,class std::allocator<char> >::operator[](unsigned int)" (??A?$vector@DV?$allocator@D@std@@@std@@QAEAADI@Z)

how should you compile this thing so it works? [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/blink.png[/img]

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If you get errors about "conflicting libraries" (you failed to post an accurate error message again, by the way) I assume that means something on the lines of MSVCRT? If so, it's no wonder things blow up right and left.

Everything you link together statically must use the same runtime (/MT, /MTd, /MD or /MDd). There are other ways to cause problems here but with MSVC, the choice of the right runtime for all libraries is the most common issue.

If switching to /MDd as you tried does cause problems at link time, have you tried to "Rebuild All" the project in question? What exactly are linking to, with which runtimes was that compiled?

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i did use /MD to eliminate 'conflicting libraries' problem. And i linked glm and glfw from tutorials with glew 1.8.0

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Again, have you tried rebuilding it all? Have you changed the predefined Debug build of MSVC to use /MD? That will probably not be a good idea as the only change, use the predefined Release build instead.

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With release build, /MD is default same libs and everything unchanged it compiles and runs without the crash and without 'vector out of bounds'. But shaders which are placed in the same directory as exe so it is correct file path still fails? [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/huh.png[/img]

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Ok i found my old project file in which i got the tutorials and shaders to work, turns out i setup the project exactly the same except i used glfw instead of sdl at the time. This is very irritating since i don't know why it only works with that project. Is there something in sdl or somewhere that can make these problems with shaders and all from above posts?

EDIT: the project which works has /MD and still works in debug without errors or crashes, unlike the one where i used sdl Edited by proanim

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