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glValidateProgram causing GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error?

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Hi opengl experts,

I am trying out a compute shader for the first time to generate some terrain but I am getting GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY (error 1285) when trying to validate the shader.

std::string compute_source = R"(
        #version 430 core

        layout(local_size_x = 64, local_size_y = 64) in;

        struct TerrainPatch {
            vec2 pos;
            vec2 dim;

        layout (std430, binding = 0) buffer InputBuffer {
            TerrainPatch patches[];

        struct TerrainVertex {
            vec4 pos;
            vec4 nor;

        layout (std430, binding = 1) buffer OutputBuffer {
            TerrainVertex vertexes[];

        void main() {
            vertexes[0].pos = vec4(patches[0].pos, 0.0f, 0.0f);

    const char* compute_source_chars = compute_source.c_str();

    GLuint shader = glCreateShader(GL_COMPUTE_SHADER);
    glShaderSource(shader, 1, &compute_source_chars, NULL);

    GLint shader_status = GL_FALSE;
    glGetShaderiv(shader, GL_COMPILE_STATUS, &shader_status);
    assert(shader_status != GL_FALSE);

    GLuint program = glCreateProgram();
    glAttachShader(program, shader);

    GLint link_status = GL_FALSE;
    glGetProgramiv(program, GL_LINK_STATUS, &link_status);
    assert(link_status != GL_FALSE);

        GLenum error = GL_NO_ERROR;
        while ((error = glGetError()) != GL_NO_ERROR) { // <-- this doesn't have an error
            printf("OpenGL ERROR: %s\n", gluErrorString(error));


        GLenum error = GL_NO_ERROR;
        while ((error = glGetError()) != GL_NO_ERROR) { // <-- this is giving error 1285
            printf("OpenGL ERROR: %s\n", gluErrorString(error));

Am I missing something obvious?




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I was able to re-run this on a different computer which gave me an error during linking:

error: Total number of invocations specified by GROUP_SIZE exceeds implementation limit
So the problem was that my work group size of 64x64x1 was larger than the value of GL_MAX_COMPUTE_WORK_GROUP_INVOCATIONS which was 1536. 
Still strange that it links successfully on the first computer with a GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error during validation...

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Still strange that it links successfully on the first computer with a GL_OUT_OF_MEMORY error during validation...

Welcome to the world of bad GL drivers and inconsistent behaviour across different hardware, I'm afraid.


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