[Intel-gfx] [PATCH 1/6] drm: Create Color Management DRM properties

Ville Syrjälä ville.syrjala at linux.intel.com
Tue Jan 12 02:02:30 PST 2016

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 08:37:09PM +0000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> Hi,
> On 5 January 2016 at 10:23, Daniel Vetter <daniel at ffwll.ch> wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 09:47:00AM +0000, Daniel Stone wrote:
> >> It's not even a legacy vs. atomic thing, this can happen in
> >> pure-atomic as well. Same as the render-compression plane property
> >> that I just replied to here as well.
> >>
> >> - Weston starts and sets up palette/CTM properties
> >> - VT switch to Mutter, which isn't aware of new properties
> >> - Mutter atomically sets new plane state, containing framebuffer which
> >> is already colour-corrected for the target
> >> - result is now double-corrected as Mutter didn't know to unset the
> >> old properties
> >>
> >> IOW, in the current model, any user of CM has to explicitly unset it
> >> before handover (not always actually possible), or any generic
> >> userspace must unset every property it sees and doesn't know about,
> >> hoping that setting to 0 will do the right thing.
> >>
> >> Or we could add another client cap, which would prevent the CM
> >> properties from ever being exposed to userspace which doesn't know how
> >> to work with it. Passing the client caps through to
> >> plane_duplicate_state also means that we can unset the CM properties
> >> at this early point for unaware clients. This would mean that we
> >> wouldn't have to have code to explicitly unset it in, e.g., every
> >> legacy hook.
> >
> > We don't have any support for unsetting anything really. Same argument you
> > make for CM here applies to rotation too. The only generic solution (if
> > you really care about this) would be for logind to once sample all atomic
> > state on boot-up, and force-restore that state when switching. Restoring
> > atomic state doesn't require userspace to understanding the semantics
> > really.
> Sure, but on the other hand, rotation has been around ~forever, and is
> implemented in multiple places. Colour management is a lot less
> obvious.
> > This kind of force-restoring is probably something we should implement in
> > the fbdev emulation, which would cover about 99% of all cases where
> > developers/users want to run different compositors. Or fbdev should simply
> > reset CM state, like it does for rotation already (that part is easy to
> > add, but indeed seems to be missing).
> >
> > Trying to create an ad-hoc solution (using opt-in flags) to this problem
> > for every single feature seems pointless imo.
> Fair enough, I guess it could be more difficult, so how about a new
> flag to the atomic ioctl which requests state be _reset_ to scratch
> rather than duplicated? That way, clients could be really sure they
> weren't going to get screwed by rotation / colour management / render
> compression / whatever.

One question is what exactly is scratch? Eg. I have BYT tablet here
which has the display mounted upside down so in theory the reset state
should be 180 degree rotated. I have a patch hiding in some branch
to make the fbdev helper take over the rotation from the BIOS. I suppose
I should also dig into the VBT to see if there's some rotation indicators
there for the cases when you boot with HDMI plugged in. But I digress.

Ville Syrjälä
Intel OTC

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