I am trying to debug and run OGLES on Native C++ in my Android device in order to implement a native 3D game for mobile smart phones. The point is that I got an error and see no reason for that. Here is the line from the code that the debugger complains:

    mSurface = eglCreateWindowSurface(mDisplay, 
                                      lConfig, mApplication->window, NULL);

And this is the error message:

    Invalid arguments ' Candidates are: 
        void * eglCreateWindowSurface(void *, void *, 
                                      unsigned long int, const int *) '


Here is the declaration:

    android_app* mApplication;

    EGLDisplay mDisplay;
    EGLint lFormat, lNumConfigs, lErrorResult;
    EGLConfig lConfig;
    // Defines display requirements. 16bits mode here.
    const EGLint lAttributes[] = {
    // Retrieves a display connection and initializes it.
    packt_Log_debug("Connecting to the display.");
    mDisplay = eglGetDisplay(EGL_DEFAULT_DISPLAY);
    if (mDisplay == EGL_NO_DISPLAY) goto ERROR;
    if (!eglInitialize(mDisplay, NULL, NULL)) goto ERROR;
    // Selects the first OpenGL configuration found.
    packt_Log_debug("Selecting a display config.");
    if(!eglChooseConfig(mDisplay, lAttributes, &lConfig, 1,
        &lNumConfigs) || (lNumConfigs <= 0)) goto ERROR;
    // Reconfigures the Android window with the EGL format.
    packt_Log_debug("Configuring window format.");
    if (!eglGetConfigAttrib(mDisplay, lConfig,
        EGL_NATIVE_VISUAL_ID, &lFormat)) goto ERROR;
    ANativeWindow_setBuffersGeometry(mApplication->window, 0, 0, lFormat);
    // Creates the display surface.
    packt_Log_debug("Initializing the display.");
    mSurface = eglCreateWindowSurface(mDisplay, lConfig, mApplication->window, NULL);


Hope someone here can shed some light on it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ If your problem lays on arguments, why didn't you paste the declarations? \$\endgroup\$
    – kaoD
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 19:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kaoD .. just posted it. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 20:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ You're missing mDisplay declaration, but I guess it's not a pointer, like lFormat, right? \$\endgroup\$
    – kaoD
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 20:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kaoD .. just posted it. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yep, it's not a pointer. Just check my answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – kaoD
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:08

1 Answer 1


Your lFormat (and possibly mDisplay too) is not a pointer. You need to pass it as a pointer, using the reference operator (&) You might need to cast it too to match the void* on the function signature.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried your suggestion :: mSurface = eglCreateWindowSurface(&mDisplay, &lConfig, mApplication->window, NULL); /// but the problem did go away yet. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThreaderSlash you didn't post mApplication->window declaration yet. You might have to cast NULL too (I'm not aware if C++ or any of your includes have NULL as a const int *) \$\endgroup\$
    – kaoD
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kaoD... sorry for that. Now it is posted. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThreaderSlash I don't need mApplication, I need window... \$\endgroup\$
    – kaoD
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ this is the window: struct android_app {ANativeWindow* window;}; android_app* mApplication; \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 21:37

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