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XSelectInput(3) XLIB FUNCTIONS XSelectInput(3)


XSelectInput - select input events


int XSelectInput(Display *display, Window w, long event_mask);


Specifies the connection to the X server.
Specifies the event mask.
Specifies the window whose events you are interested in.


The XSelectInput function requests that the X server report the events associated with the specified event mask. Initially, X will not report any of these events. Events are reported relative to a window. If a window is not interested in a device event, it usually propagates to the closest ancestor that is interested, unless the do_not_propagate mask prohibits it.

Setting the event-mask attribute of a window overrides any previous call for the same window but not for other clients. Multiple clients can select for the same events on the same window with the following restrictions:

  • Multiple clients can select events on the same window because their event masks are disjoint. When the X server generates an event, it reports it to all interested clients.
  • Only one client at a time can selectCirculateRequest, ConfigureRequest, or MapRequest events, which are associated with the event mask SubstructureRedirectMask.
  • Only one client at a time can selectaResizeRequest event, which is associated with the event mask ResizeRedirectMask.
  • Only one client at a time can select aButtonPress event, which is associated with the event mask ButtonPressMask.

The server reports the event to all interested clients.

XSelectInput can generate a BadWindow error.


A value for a Window argument does not name a defined Window.


Xlib - C Language X Interface
libX11 1.6.8 X Version 11