[PATCH v2 00/15] DRM fbconv helpers for converting fbdev drivers
daniel at ffwll.ch
Tue Oct 15 17:48:29 UTC 2019
On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 7:28 PM Thomas Zimmermann <tzimmermann at suse.de> wrote:
> Hi Daniel
> Am 15.10.19 um 16:33 schrieb Daniel Vetter:
> > Hi Thomas,
> > On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 04:04:01PM +0200, Thomas Zimmermann wrote:
> >> (was: DRM driver for fbdev devices)
> >> This is version 2 of the fbdev conversion helpers. It's more or less a
> >> rewrite of the original patchset.
> >> The fbdev subsystem is considered legacy and will probably be removed at
> >> some point. This would mean the loss of a signifanct number of drivers.
> >> Some of the affected hardware is not in use any longer, but some hardware
> >> is still around and provides good(-enough) framebuffers.
> >> The fbconv helpers allow for running the current DRM stack on top of fbdev
> >> drivers. It's a set of functions that convert between fbdev interfaces and
> >> DRM interfaces. Based on SHMEM and simple KMS helpers, it only offers the
> >> basic functionality of a framebuffer, but should be compatible with most
> >> existing fbdev drivers.
> >> A DRM driver using fbconv helpers consists of
> >> * DRM stub code that calls into fbconv helpers, and
> >> * the original fbdev driver code.
> >> The fbdev driver code has to be modified to register itself with the
> >> stub driver instead of the fbdev core framework. A tutorial on how to use
> >> the helpers is part of this patchset. The resulting driver hybrid can be
> >> refactored into a first-class DRM driver. The fbconv helpers contain a
> >> number of comments, labeled 'DRM porting note', which explain the required
> >> steps.
> >> I tested the current patchset with the following drivers: atyfb, aty128fb,
> >> matroxfb, pm2fb, pm3fb, rivafb, s3fb, savagefb, sisfb, tdfxfb and tridentfb.
> >> With each, I was able to successfully start with fbcon enabled, run weston and
> >> X11. The drivers are available at . For reference, the patchset includes
> >> the Matrox stub driver.
> > So I really don't want to rain on the parade here, since if you think this
> > is useful when converting fbdev drivers I'll buy that, and I'm all for
> > getting more modern drivers into drm.
> > But I have a bunch of concerns with the approach you're proposing here:
> > - we've tried staging for drm driver refactoring, it hurts. Separate tree
> > plus the quick pace in refactoring create lots of pains. And for small
> > drivers refacotoring before it's not buying you anything above
> > refactoring in your own personal tree. And for big drivers we're fairly
> > lenient with merging drivers that aren't fully polished yet, if there's
> > a team serious enough with cleaning up the mess. I think even merging
> > partial drivers directly under drivers/gpu (but behind CONFIG_BROKEN) is
> > better than staging.
> I mostly put this into staging, because it's the kind of code you'd
> expect there.
Yeah, except we tried, it's a real pain. Conclusion by everyone
involved is that staging doesn't work for the drm subsystem.
> > - we've had conversion helpers before (for the legacy kms -> atomic
> > upgrade). They constantly broke, pretty much every release when someone
> > wanted to use them they first had to fix them up again. I think having
> > those helpers is good, but better to just have them in some branch
> > somewhere where it's clear that they might not work anymore on latest
> > upstream.
> > - especially for some of these simple fbdev drivers I feel like just
> > typing a new driver from scratch might be simpler.
> > A few more concerns specifically for your mga example:
> > - We already have a mga driver. Might be better to integrate support for
> > older mgas into that than have a parallel driver.
> Two colleagues of mine, Takashi and Egbert, send a patch that added
> support for desktop G200s to mgag200.  But it was rejected because
> the devices are two old and not relevant any longer. If that opinion has
> changed in the meantime, I wouldn't mind adding support for desktop GPUs
> to the driver.
Hm that seems to have petered out inconclusive. I definitely think a
merged mga driver is better than 2 drm atomic kms drivers for roughly
the same hardware. I'm also assuming that at least for now no one
plans to resurrect the 3d acceleration support for these old chips.
But even then it's fairly easy to disable all that on the server
> > - Your helper is based on simple display pipe, and I think for these old
> > mga chips (especially the dual pipe mga 450 and 550) simple display pipe
> > helper is more a hindering detour than actual help. From a quick read
> > through the code (especially all the custom ioctls) you definitely want
> > separate TV-out connector to expose all the tv mode properties (instead
> > of the custom ioctls).
> Around the G100, there's something like a change in generation. Before,
> devices had only a single output and less than 8 MiB of RAM. This works
> well with GEM SHMEM and simple KMS. Afterwards, devices have 8 MiB or
> more and multiple outputs. GEM VRAM and the full set of helpers fit this
> much better. Maybe having 2 drivers that share common code (or 3 with
> the Server Engine chipsets) makes most sense.
Yeah if that's the case maybe a mga100 and mga200g driver fits better.
Former based on simple display pipe.
You could also have them in one directory/kernel module, if there's
some low-level functions worth sharing (like clock programming), with
the low level driver probe either setting up the simple display based
mga100 support, or the fancier mga200 support using atomic directly.
If there's really no shared code at all, then separate kernel modules
> > - On the topic of ioctls, looks like we could add FBIOGET_VBLANK to our
> > generic implementation in the fbdev helpers.
> > So here's my alternative proposal:
> > - You push this as a branch onto a gitlab repo (freedesktop.org or
> > wherever you feel like).
> > - You add a gitlab CI target to autobuild the very nice kerneldoc you've
> > created. Feel free to also do this with anything else you're familiar
> > with, it's just I know gitlab and it's real simple to get a few docs
> > autogenerated and published with it.
> > - We add a todo.rst patch linking to your branch and the docs and a few
> > lines on how to best convert an fbdev driver over to kms/atomic.
> Yes we can do that.
Sounds like we have a rough plan?
> Best regards
>  https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2017-July/147868.html
> > And all the drivers would land the usual way, like any of the other
> > drivers we've added to drivers/gpu/drm over the past few years.
> > Thoughts?
> > Cheers, Daniel
> >> v2:
> >> * rename to fbconv helpers
> >> * rewrite as helper library
> >> * switch over to simple KMS helpers
> >> * switch over to SHMEM
> >> * add documentation
> >>  https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/tzimmermann/linux/commits/fbconv-plus-drivers
> >> Thomas Zimmermann (15):
> >> fbdev: Export fb_check_foreignness()
> >> fbdev: Export FBPIXMAPSIZE
> >> drm/simple-kms-helper: Add mode_fixup() to simple display pipe
> >> drm: Add fbconv helper module
> >> drm/fbconv: Add DRM <-> fbdev pixel-format conversion
> >> drm/fbconv: Add mode conversion DRM <-> fbdev
> >> drm/fbconv: Add modesetting infrastructure
> >> drm/fbconv: Add plane-state check and update
> >> drm/fbconv: Mode-setting pipeline enable / disable
> >> drm/fbconv: Reimplement several fbdev interfaces
> >> drm/fbconv: Add helpers for init and cleanup of fb_info structures
> >> drm/fbconv: Add helper documentation
> >> staging: Add mgakms driver
> >> staging/mgakms: Import matroxfb driver source code
> >> staging/mgakms: Update matroxfb driver code for DRM
> >> Documentation/gpu/drm-kms-helpers.rst | 12 +
> >> Documentation/gpu/todo.rst | 15 +
> >> drivers/gpu/drm/Kconfig | 11 +
> >> drivers/gpu/drm/Makefile | 1 +
> >> drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fbconv_helper.c | 2126 +++++++++++++++++
> >> drivers/gpu/drm/drm_simple_kms_helper.c | 15 +
> >> drivers/staging/Kconfig | 2 +
> >> drivers/staging/Makefile | 1 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/Kconfig | 18 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/Makefile | 17 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/g450_pll.c | 539 +++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/g450_pll.h | 13 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/i2c-matroxfb.c | 238 ++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_DAC1064.c | 1082 +++++++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_DAC1064.h | 174 ++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_Ti3026.c | 746 ++++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_Ti3026.h | 10 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_accel.c | 519 +++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_accel.h | 9 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_base.c | 2592 +++++++++++++++++++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_base.h | 700 ++++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_crtc2.h | 35 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_g450.c | 640 +++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_g450.h | 10 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_maven.h | 21 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_misc.c | 815 +++++++
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_misc.h | 22 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_device.c | 68 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_device.h | 30 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_drv.c | 129 +
> >> drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_drv.h | 14 +
> >> drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.c | 5 +-
> >> include/drm/drm_fbconv_helper.h | 150 ++
> >> include/drm/drm_simple_kms_helper.h | 43 +
> >> include/linux/fb.h | 3 +
> >> 35 files changed, 10822 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fbconv_helper.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/Kconfig
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/Makefile
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/g450_pll.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/g450_pll.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/i2c-matroxfb.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_DAC1064.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_DAC1064.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_Ti3026.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_Ti3026.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_accel.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_accel.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_base.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_base.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_crtc2.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_g450.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_g450.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_maven.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_misc.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/matroxfb_misc.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_device.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_device.h
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_drv.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/staging/mgakms/mga_drv.h
> >> create mode 100644 include/drm/drm_fbconv_helper.h
> >> --
> >> 2.23.0
> Thomas Zimmermann
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