[Intel-gfx] [PATCH v8 1/3] gpu: drm: separate panel orientation property creating and value setting

Harry Wentland harry.wentland at amd.com
Fri Feb 18 15:57:27 UTC 2022

On 2022-02-18 07:12, Simon Ser wrote:
> On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 12:54, Hans de Goede <hdegoede at redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 2/18/22 12:39, Simon Ser wrote:
>>> On Friday, February 18th, 2022 at 11:38, Hans de Goede <hdegoede at redhat.com> wrote:
>>>> What I'm reading in the above is that it is being considered to allow
>>>> changing the panel-orientation value after the connector has been made
>>>> available to userspace; and let userspace know about this through a uevent.
>>>> I believe that this is a bad idea, it is important to keep in mind here
>>>> what userspace (e.g. plymouth) uses this prorty for. This property is
>>>> used to rotate the image being rendered / shown on the framebuffer to
>>>> adjust for the panel orientation.
>>>> So now lets assume we apply the correct upside-down orientation later
>>>> on a device with an upside-down mounted LCD panel. Then on boot the
>>>> following could happen:
>>>> 1. amdgpu exports a connector for the LCD panel to userspace without
>>>> setting panel-orient=upside-down
>>>> 2. plymouth sees this and renders its splash normally, but since the
>>>> panel is upside-down it will now actually show upside-down
>>> At this point amdgpu hasn't probed the connector yet. So the connector
>>> will be marked as disconnected, and plymouth shouldn't render anything.
>> If before the initial probe of the connector there is a /dev/dri/card0
>> which plymouth can access, then plymouth may at this point decide
>> to disable any seemingly unused crtcs, which will make the screen go black...
>> I'm not sure if plymouth will actually do this, but AFAICT this would
>> not be invalid behavior for a userspace kms consumer to do and I
>> believe it is likely that mutter will disable unused crtcs.
>> IMHO it is just a bad idea to register /dev/dri/card0 with userspace
>> before the initial connector probe is done. Nothing good can come
>> of that.
>> If all the exposed connectors initially are going to show up as
>> disconnected anyways what is the value in registering /dev/dri/card0
>> with userspace early ?
> OK. I'm still unsure how I feel about this, but I think I agree with
> you. That said, the amdgpu architecture is quite involved with multiple
> abstraction levels, so I don't think I'm equipped to write a patch to
> fix this...

amdgpu_dm's connector registration already triggers a detection. See the
calls to dc_link_detect and amdgpu_dm_update_connector_after_detect in

dc_link_detect is supposed to read the edid via
dm_helpers_read_local_edid and amdgpu_dm_update_connector_after_detect
will update the EDID on the connector via a
drm_connector_update_edid_property call.

This all happens at driver load.

I don't know why you're seeing the embedded connector as disconnected
unless the DP-MIPI bridge for some reason doesn't indicate that the panel
is connected at driver load.


> cc Daniel Vetter: can you confirm probing all connectors is a good thing
> to do on driver module load?
>>>> I guess the initial modeline is inherited from the video-bios, but
>>>> what about the physical size? Note that you cannot just change the
>>>> physical size later either, that gets used to determine the hidpi
>>>> scaling factor in the bootsplash, and changing that after the initial
>>>> bootsplash dislay will also look ugly
>>>> b) Why you need the edid for the panel-orientation property at all,
>>>> typically the edid prom is part of the panel and the panel does not
>>>> know that it is mounted e.g. upside down at all, that is a property
>>>> of the system as a whole not of the panel as a standalone unit so
>>>> in my experience getting panel-orient info is something which comes
>>>> from the firmware /video-bios not from edid ?
>>> This is an internal DRM thing. The orientation quirks logic uses the
>>> mode size advertised by the EDID.
>> The DMI based quirking does, yes. But e.g. the quirk code directly
>> reading this from the Intel VBT does not rely on the mode.
>> But if you are planning on using a DMI based quirk for the steamdeck
>> then yes that needs the mode.
>> Thee mode check is there for 2 reasons:
>> 1. To avoid also applying the quirk to external displays, but
>> I think that that is also solved in most drivers by only checking for
>> a quirk at all on the eDP connector
>> 2. Some laptop models ship with different panels in different badges
>> some of these are portrait (so need a panel-orient) setting and others
>> are landscape.
> That makes sense. So yeah the EDID mode based matching logic needs to
> stay to accomodate for these cases.
>>> I agree that at least in the Steam
>>> Deck case it may not make a lot of sense to use any info from the
>>> EDID, but that's needed for the current status quo.
>> We could extend the DMI quirk mechanism to allow quirks which don't
>> do the mode check, for use on devices where we can guarantee neither
>> 1 nor 2 happens, then amdgpu could call the quirk code early simply
>> passing 0x0 as resolution.
> Yeah. But per the above amdgpu should maybe probe connectors on module
> load. If/when amdgpu is fixed to do this, then we don't need to disable
> the mode matching logic in panel-orientation quirks anymore.

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