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OpenGL 1.1 for AIX: Reference Manual

gluPartialDisk Subroutine


Draws an arc of a disk.


OpenGL C bindings library: libGL.a

C Syntax

void gluPartialDisk(GLUquadricObj *qobj, 
   GLdouble InnerRadius, 
   GLdouble OuterRadius, 
   GLint Slices, 
   GLint Loops, 
   GLdouble StartAngle, 
   GLdouble SweepAngle)


The gluPartialDisk subroutine renders a partial disk on the z=0 (zero) plane. A partial disk is similar to a full disk, except that only a subset of the disk consisting of StartAngle through StartAngle plus SweepAngle is included. For the purposes of this subroutine, 0 degrees is along the +y axis, 90 degrees is along the +x axis, 180 degrees is along the -y axis, and 270 degrees is along the -x axis.

The partial disk has a radius defined by the OuterRadius parameter and contains a concentric circular hole with a radius defined by the InnerRadius parameter. If the value of InnerRadius is 0, no hole is generated. The partial disk is subdivided around the z axis into slices and rings (as specified by the Slices and Loops parameters, respectively).

With regard to orientation, the +z side of the partial disk is considered to be outside. (See the gluQuadricOrientation subroutine for details on specifying quadrics orientation.) This means that if the orientation is set to GLU_OUTSIDE, any normals generated point along the +z axis. Otherwise, they point along the -z axis.

If texturing is turned on with the gluQuadricTexture subroutine, texture coordinates are generated linearly such that the value at (r, 0, 0) (where r=OuterRadius) is (1, 0.5).

Under the same definition, the following values also apply:

Coordinates Value
(0, r, 0) (0.5, 1)
(-r, 0, 0) (0, 0.5)
(0, -r, 0) (0.5, 0)


qobj Specifies a quadrics object created with the gluNewQuadric subroutine.
InnerRadius Specifies the inner radius of the partial disk. (This value can be 0.)
OuterRadius Specifies the outer radius of the partial disk.
Slices Specifies the number of desired subdivisions around the z axis.
Loops Specifies the number of concentric rings around the origin into which the partial disk is subdivided.
StartAngle Specifies the start angle (in degrees) of the disk portion.
SweepAngle Specifies the sweep angle (in degrees) of the disk portion.


/usr/include/GL/gl.h Contains C language constraints, variable type definitions, and ANSI function prototypes for OpenGL.

Related Information

The gluCylinder subroutine, gluDisk subroutine, gluNewQuadric subroutine, gluQuadricOrientation subroutine, gluQuadricTexture subroutine, gluSphere subroutine.

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