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Can’t set fltBSRadius attribute to fltBoundingSphere record

Original Post by: rlopez3d Mon May 23 14:28:00 2011

The Code:

// Create a group record

mgrec *groupRec = mgNewRec(fltGroup);

// Get the pointer to fltBoundingBox record

mgrec *bBoxRec = mgGetAttRec(groupRec, fltBoundingBox, MG_NULL);

// Get the pointer to bounding sphere record

mgrec *bSphereRec = mgGetAttRec(bBoxRec, fltBoundingSphere, MG_NULL);

double radius = 10;

// Set fltBSRadius attribute

int nAttrBSphere = mgSetAttList(bSphereRec, fltBSRadius, radius, MG_NULL);

I always get nAttrBSphere = 0, i.e it failed setting fltBSRadius attribute.

What I am doing wrong?

Original Post by: ChrisRogers Mon May 23 14:50:02 2011

I think what is happening, is that the bounding sphere rec has not been attached yet. The method you are attempting to do requires too much work and is not the suggested approach. It is much easier just to set the attribute on the group node and let the api do its magic for you. You don't need to get the bounding box rec, then the bounding sphere rec. Just set the fltBSRadius attribute on the group node. This works for all nested attributes with one exception. If there are two attributes with the same name nested under a node, then you can't use this method. (For example two nested records that have a fltCoord3d, the api would not know what one you want to set.) This is uncommon however, and not necessary in this case.

See the OpenFlight_API_Users_Guide_Vol1.pdf for a mor detailed explanation:

Nested Attributes

Attribute records are arranged hierarchically. For example, the fltPolygon record code

describes a record’s node type; within fltPolygon there are record codes such as

fltPolyColor and fltPolyMaterial, which describe drawing attributes of the


Some attributes have further nesting; for example, the fltGroup node type has a

fltBoundingBox record, which in turn has attributes of type fltCoord3d and

fltBoundingSphere. You can access nested attributes in the same way as you access

simple ones; the nesting is transparent to you. You need to specify only the node record and

the desired attribute’s record code. For example:

mgGetAttList (groupNode, fltGrpPrio, &prio;, fltBCRadius,&radius;,

fltBCHeight,&height;, fltBYaw, yaw, MG_NULL);

The same holds true for record creation. When you specify the values for a nested attribute,

the API creates the nested records for you:

mgSetAttList (groupNode, fltGrpPrio, prio, fltBCRadius, radius,

fltBCHeight, height, fltBYaw, yaw, MG_NULL);

Original Post by: rlopez3d Tue May 24 07:14:38 2011

Thanks for the prompt reply!

It is clear now how to work with nested attributes.

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