XFreeColors(display, colormap, pixels, npixels, planes)
      Display *display;
      Colormap colormap;
      unsigned long pixels[];
      int npixels;
      unsigned long planes;


display Specifies the connection to the X server.
colormap Specifies the colormap.
pixels Specifies an array of pixel values that map to the cells in the specified colormap.
npixels Specifies the number of pixels.
planes Specifies the planes you want to free.


The XFreeColors() function frees the cells represented by pixels whose values are in the pixels array. The planes argument should not have any bits set to 1 in common with any of the pixels. The set of all pixels is produced by ORing together subsets of the planes argument with the pixels. The request frees all of these pixels that were allocated by the client (using XAllocColor(), XAllocNamedColor(), XAllocColorCells(), and XAllocColorPlanes()). Note that freeing an individual pixel obtained from XAllocColorPlanes() may not actually allow it to be reused until all of its related pixels are also freed. Similarly, a read-only entry is not actually freed until it has been freed by all clients, and if a client allocates the same read-only entry multiple times, it must free the entry that many times before the entry is actually freed.

All specified pixels that are allocated by the client in the colormap are freed, even if one or more pixels produce an error. If a specified pixel is not a valid index into the colormap, a BadValue error results. If a specified pixel is not allocated by the client (that is, is unallocated or is only allocated by another client) or if the colormap was created with all entries writable (by passing AllocAll to XCreateColormap()), a BadAccess error results. If more than one pixel is in error, the one that gets reported is arbitrary.

XFreeColors() can generate BadAccess , BadColor , and BadValue errors.


BadAccess A client attempted to free a color map entry that it did not already allocate.
BadAccess A client attempted to store into a read-only color map entry.
BadColor A value for a Colormap argument does not name a defined Colormap.
BadValue Some numeric value falls outside the range of values accepted by the request. Unless a specific range is specified for an argument, the full range defined by the argument's type is accepted. Any argument defined as a set of alternatives can generate this error.

See also

XAllocColor(), XAllocColorCells(), XAllocColorPlanes(), XAllocNamedColor(), XCreateColormap(), XQueryColor(), XStoreColors(), "Allocating and Freeing Color Cells".
Christophe Tronche, ch@tronche.com