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I'm trying to have something like an integer array uniform for my fragment shader (I only need read access). Since it's a fairly large chunk of data (not so large that uploading it in every frame would be impossible, but enough to make me want to rather not do it). Essentially I want to just pass it a uniform telling the shader where this "array" is. I believe I can use a 1D texture for this, but I don't know how (actually, I don't know how to do many things because I just can't seem to find a reference for GLSL 3.3, I only ever find references for the C API).

This sounds like a rather basic question and I'm sure it's been answered already somewhere, but I keep searching and can't quite find what I'm looking for.

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Have a look at this OpenGL tutorial. The chapter on textures explains how to do exactly what you're looking for--deal with a texture as specifically an array of numeric values instead of as graphical data--but the whole thing is worth reading.

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I do now know how I could miss that. That book seems to be precisely what I've been looking for this entire time. – Cubic Sep 27 '12 at 18:11
@Cubic: Yeah, it's very useful. :) – Mason Wheeler Sep 27 '12 at 18:17

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