[Intel-gfx] [PATCH] drm/i915: Pin the ifbdev for the info->system_base GGTT mmapping

Wayne Boyer wayne.boyer at intel.com
Wed Oct 7 11:34:17 PDT 2015

From: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>

A long time ago (before 3.14) we relied on a permanent pinning of the
ifbdev to lock the fb in place inside the GGTT. However, the
introduction of stealing the BIOS framebuffer and reusing its address in
the GGTT for the fbdev has muddied waters and we use an inherited fb.
However, the inherited fb is only pinned whilst it is active and we no
longer have an explicit pin for the info->system_base mmapping used by
the fbdev. The result is that after some aperture pressure the fbdev may
be evicted, but we continue to write the fbcon into the same GGTT
address - overwriting anything else that may be put into that offset.
The effect is most pronounced across suspend/resume as
intel_fbdev_set_suspend() does a full clear over the whole scanout.

v2: rebased on latest nightly (Wayne)

Signed-off-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Cc: "Goel, Akash" <akash.goel at intel.com>
Cc: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch>
Cc: Jesse Barnes <jbarnes at virtuousgeek.org>
Cc: stable at vger.kernel.org
Reviewed-by: Deepak S <deepak.s at linux.intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Wayne Boyer <wayne.boyer at intel.com>
 drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_fbdev.c | 15 +++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 15 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_fbdev.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_fbdev.c
index 6532912..c6aa4f9 100644
--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_fbdev.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_fbdev.c
@@ -215,6 +215,16 @@ static int intelfb_create(struct drm_fb_helper *helper,
 	obj = intel_fb->obj;
 	size = obj->base.size;
+	/* The fb constructor will have already pinned us (or inherited a
+	 * GGTT region from the BIOS) suitable for a scanout, so
+	 * this should just be a no-op and increment the pin count for the
+	 * fbdev mmapping. It does have a useful side-effect of validating
+	 * the pin for fbdev's use via a GGTT mmapping.
+	 */
+	ret = i915_gem_object_ggtt_pin(obj, NULL, 0, PIN_MAPPABLE);
+	if (ret)
+		goto out_unlock;
 	info = drm_fb_helper_alloc_fbi(helper);
 	if (IS_ERR(info)) {
 		ret = PTR_ERR(info);
@@ -274,6 +284,9 @@ static int intelfb_create(struct drm_fb_helper *helper,
+	/* Once for info->screen_base mmaping... */
+	i915_gem_object_ggtt_unpin(obj);
+	/* ...and once for the intel_fb */
@@ -514,6 +527,8 @@ static const struct drm_fb_helper_funcs intel_fb_helper_funcs = {
 static void intel_fbdev_destroy(struct drm_device *dev,
 				struct intel_fbdev *ifbdev)
+	/* Release the pinning for the info->screen_base mmaping. */
+	i915_gem_object_ggtt_unpin(ifbdev->fb->obj);

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