[PATCH v4 00/11] drm: add support for Atmel HLCDC Display Controller

Andrzej Hajda a.hajda at samsung.com
Thu Aug 21 08:04:34 PDT 2014

On 08/21/2014 03:21 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 12:32:43PM +0200, Andrzej Hajda wrote:
>> On 08/21/2014 11:52 AM, Thierry Reding wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:41:59AM +0200, Boris BREZILLON wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:04:07 +0200
>>>> Thierry Reding <thierry.reding at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:37:06AM +0200, Boris BREZILLON wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Ludovic,
>>>>>> On Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:16:19 +0200
>>>>>> Ludovic Desroches <ludovic.desroches at atmel.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi Boris,
>>>>>>> You can add
>>>>>>> Tested-by: Ludovic Desroches <ludovic.desroches at atmel.com>
>>>>>> Thanks for testing this driver.
>>>>>>> Only one issue but not related to your patches, you can't display
>>>>>>> quickly the bootup logo since the panel detection takes too much
>>>>>>> time.
>>>>>> Yes, actually this is related to the device probe order: the
>>>>>> hlcdc-display-controller device is probed before the simple-panel, thus
>>>>>> nothing is detected on the RGB connector (I use of_drm_find_panel to
>>>>>> check for panel availability) when the display controller is
>>>>>> instantiated. I rely on the default polling infrastructure provided by
>>>>>> the DRM/KMS framework which polls for a new connector every 10s, and
>>>>>> this is far more than you kernel boot time.
>>>>>> Do anyone see a solution to reduce this delay (without changing the
>>>>>> polling interval). I thought we could add a notifier infrastructure to
>>>>>> the DRM panel framework, but I'm not sure this is how you want things
>>>>>> done...
>>>>> Other drivers return -EPROBE_DEFER when a panel hasn't been registered
>>>>> yet. This will automatically take care of ordering things in a way that
>>>>> DRM/KMS will only be initialized after the panel has been probed.
>>>> Actually I'd like to avoid doing this with a deferred probe, because,
>>>> AFAIU, the remote endpoint is not tightly linked with the display
>>>> controller driver (I mean the display controller can still be
>>>> initialized without having a display connected on it).
>>>> Moreover the atmel dev kit I'm using has an HDMI bridge connected on
>>>> the same RGB connector and I'd like to use it in a near future.
>>>> Returning -EPROBE_DEFER in case of several devices connected on the
>>>> same connector implies that I'll have to wait for all the remote
>>>> end-points to be available before my display controller could be
>>>> instantiated.
>>>> While this could be acceptable when all drivers are statically linked
>>>> in the kernel, it might be problematic when you're using modules,
>>>> meaning that you won't be able to display anything on your LCD panel
>>>> until your HDMI bridge module has been loaded.
>>> No. HDMI should be using proper hotplugging anyway, hence it should be
>>> always be loaded anyway. You're in for a world of pain if you think you
>>> can run DRM with a driver that's composed of separate kernel modules.
>>> Also if you don't want to use deferred probe, then you're in for the
>>> full hotplugging panel dance and that implies that you need to fix a
>>> bunch of things in DRM (one being the framebuffer console instantiation
>>> that I referred to in the other thread). You also can't be using the
>>> current device tree bindings because they all assume a dependency from
>>> the display controller/output to the panel. For hotplugging you'd need
>>> the dependency the other way around (the panel needs to refer to the
>>> output by phandle).
>> I have tested panel as a module in exynos-dsi + panel-s6e8aa0
>> configuration, everything works. There is a workaround for fb console
>> not being reconfigurable, but it does not make thing worse than before.
>> And I do not see a problem with phandles, ie in DT they point both ways,
>> according to binding advices at the time, but in the code it is display
>> controller/encoder which is looking for the panel.
> That works because it's DSI. And we have attach/detach callbacks for
> DSI. We don't have those for regular panels, so we'd need to find a way
> to add that.

Maybe I have misread your answer, but you showed it as very
process: "hotplugging panel dance", "fix a bunch of things in DRM". In fact
we are missing here only good notifications about panel appearance.

> The way that this currently works is that an encoder/connector driver
> looks up the panel and attaches it to itself. If you allow panels to be
> hotpluggable, then they have no knowledge about what they are connected
> to, so there needs to be a way to inject that knowledge so that they can
> attach to a connector.

I do not understand that. Currently it is the connector who looks for
the panel
and attaches it.
So the scenario, after adding panel tracking, could be:
 - encoder parses its phandle to panel, and start tracking appearance of
the panel
identified by this phandle,
 - when panel appears encoder callback is called, and encoder attaches
the panel,
 - when panel wants to disappear encoder callback is called, encoder
detaches the panel.

All this I have already presented together with generic interface
tracker [1].


[1]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/4/30/345

> Thierry

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