userptr support in drm drivers

Jean Delvare jdelvare at
Tue Feb 16 19:58:15 UTC 2016

Hi all,

While checking the openSUSE kernel configuration, I noticed a couple
oddities regarding userptr support in the i915, radeon and amdgpu drm
drivers. I'll like to discuss the current situation and come up with an
agreement on how this could be cleaned up.

Firstly, i915. This driver has userptr code under #if
defined(CONFIG_MMU_NOTIFIER), however it neither selects this option nor
depends on it. Given that CONFIG_MMU_NOTIFIER is not a user-visible
option (it can only be selected by other kernel configuration options),
it means that you get full userptr support or not depending on other
unrelated kernel options. This isn't good.

Secondly, radeon and amdgpu. They are slightly better in that they have
Kconfig options selecting CONFIG_MMU_NOTIFIER (DRM_RADEON_USERPTR and
DRM_AMDGPU_USERPTR respectively.) However I still find it confusing
that full userptr support is under #if defined(CONFIG_MMU_NOTIFIER),
and not under #if defined(CONFIG_RADEON_USERPTR), resp. #if
defined(CONFIG_AMDGPU_USERPTR). It means that full userptr support may
be included even if these options are disabled.

I am not too familiar with MMU and this userptr stuff, but from where I
stand, only two approaches make sense:

* Either there is a good reason why people may want to disable full
  userptr support. In this case options CONFIG_RADEON_USERPTR and
  CONFIG_AMDGPU_USERPTR should really enable the code in question, it
  should not be built without these options. And a similar option
  should be introduced for the i915 driver to the same effect. Or
  alternatively a single option for the whole DRM subsystem may make
  more sense, as I doubt anyone would want to enable support in one
  driver and disable it in another.

* Or there is no specific reason why people would want to disable full
  userptr support, in which case options CONFIG_RADEON_USERPTR and
  CONFIG_AMDGPU_USERPTR should be removed and all 3 drivers should
  unconditionally select CONFIG_MMU_NOTIFIER.

If the sole purpose of these these settings is for development or
debugging purposes, I'd go for option 1 with a run-time option to
disable full userptr (drm.userptr=ro or some such.)

As a general rule, fewer configuration options is better.

Once a decision is made, I volunteer to write the patches.

Jean Delvare
SUSE L3 Support

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