[Intel-gfx] [PATCH] drm: avoid spurious EBUSY due to nonblocking atomic modesets

Daniel Vetter daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch
Thu May 14 07:25:06 UTC 2020

On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 9:18 AM Daniel Stone <daniel at fooishbar.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, 14 May 2020 at 08:08, Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter at ffwll.ch> wrote:
> > > Did anything happen with this?
> >
> > Nope. There's an igt now that fails with this, and I'm not sure
> > whether changing the igt is the right idea or not.
> >
> > I'm kinda now thinking about changing this to instead document under
> > which exact situations you can get a spurious EBUSY, and enforcing
> > that in the code with some checks. Essentially only possible if you do
> > a ALLOW_MODESET | NONBLOCKING on the other crtc. And then tell
> > userspace you get to eat that. We've been shipping with this for so
> > long by now that's defacto the uapi anyway :-/
> >
> > Thoughts? Too horrible?
> I've been trying to avoid that, to be honest. Taking a random delay
> because the kernel needs to do global things is fine. But making
> userspace either do an expensive/complicated cross-CRTC
> synchronisation is less easy; for some compositors, that means
> reaching across threads to make sure all CRTCs are quiescent. Either
> that, or deferring your ALLOW_MODESET to somewhere else, like an idle
> handler, far away from where you were originally trying to do it,
> which wouldn't be pleasant. The other option is that we teach people
> to ignore EBUSY as random noise which can just sometimes happen and to
> try again (when? how often? and you still have cross-CRTC
> synchronisation issues), which doesn't scream compositor best practice
> to me.
> I'd be very much in favour of putting the blocking down in the kernel
> at least until the kernel can give us a clear indication to tell us
> what's going on, and ideally which other resources need to be dragged
> in, in a way which is distinguishable from your compositor having
> broken synchronisation.

We know, the patch already computes that ... So would be a matter of
exporting that to userspace. We have a mask of all additional crtc
that will get an event and will -EBUSY until that's done.
Daniel Vetter
Software Engineer, Intel Corporation
+41 (0) 79 365 57 48 - http://blog.ffwll.ch

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