Bug 37608 - ColorPalette never setting PaletteFlagsHasAlpha (GDI+ regression)
Summary: ColorPalette never setting PaletteFlagsHasAlpha (GDI+ regression)
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Class Libraries
Classification: Mono
Component: libgdiplus ()
Version: master
Hardware: PC Linux
: --- normal
Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2016-01-12 11:35 UTC by Robert Rouhani
Modified: 2016-04-30 01:23 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

Screenshot of the bug in Ubuntu (25.52 KB, image/png)
2016-01-12 11:35 UTC, Robert Rouhani
Screen shot of the example under wine (top) and native linux (bottom) (35.40 KB, image/png)
2016-04-26 16:28 UTC, Hin-Tak Leung

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Description Robert Rouhani 2016-01-12 11:35:41 UTC
Created attachment 14551 [details]
Screenshot of the bug in Ubuntu

I'm the developer of SharpFont and a user came to me with an issue that only existed when running my example program on Linux with Mono. That issue is available here:


Essentially, on Linux, neither of us were seeing the same bitmap transparency that we did on Windows with GDI+.

I did a little more digging and found that gdip_convert_indexed_to_rgb sets all the alpha values to 0xFF if the bitmap's ColorPalette didn't have the PaletteFlagsHasAlpha flag set in this bit of code:


So the solution was to set the flag manually with reflection as so:

> typeof(ColorPalette).GetField ("flags", System.Reflection.BindingFlags.Instance | System.Reflection.BindingFlags.NonPublic).SetValue (palette, palette.Flags | 1);

And this temporarily fixed the issue. Taking a peek at the same code on Windows/GDI+, the Bitmap gives you a ColorPalette of 0x04 (PaletteFlagsHalftone) and this seems to be enough to convert with transparency. Note that this is all on a Bitmap created with PixelFormat.8bppIndexed.

Since I can only attach a single file, I chose a screenshot of the bug in Ubuntu. This bug should be reproducible by cloning SharpFont and running the example program, but please let me know if you need anything else to reproduce the bug or clarify anything.

Comment 1 Hin-Tak Leung 2016-04-26 16:28:59 UTC
Created attachment 15847 [details]
Screen shot of the example under wine (top) and native linux (bottom)

Top is is wine + dotnet2 + MS libgdiplus (wine's gdiplus does not work correctly with wine + dotnet2), bottom is linux mono and libgdiplus 3.12 .

This is the same as http://htl10.users.sourceforge.net/tmp/Screenshot%20from%202016-04-26%2015-24-52.png mentioned in
just in case I want to clean /tmp/ at some point.
Comment 2 Hin-Tak Leung 2016-04-30 01:05:38 UTC
The lines concerned came from this change:

commit f9635774150a211943f4d59e5f812267256a6599
Author: Peter Dennis Bartok <pbartok@mono-cvs.ximian.com>
Date:   Mon Jun 13 19:17:10 2005 +0000

        * bitmap.c, image.c, gdip.h, bmpcodec.c, jpegcodec.c, tiffcodec.c,
          gifcodec.c, gifcodec.h, pngcodec.c, pngcodec.h: Re-applied two
          previous changes, since #75254 is now fixed
    2005-06-13  Peter Bartok  <pbartok@novell.com>
    svn path=/trunk/libgdiplus/; revision=45904

There are various comment in it saying cairo wants all the alpha values to 0xFF . 

This seems to be related, and rather surprised that after 10 years, still around:

Comment 3 Hin-Tak Leung 2016-04-30 01:23:30 UTC
libgdiplus's 'make check' runs only 3 tests; it might be interesting to adapt some of wine's unit tests for their gdiplus implementation. Their tests look larger.