[Mesa-dev] [RFC] Concrete proposal to split classic
jason at jlekstrand.net
Wed Mar 24 16:15:42 UTC 2021
On Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 10:28 AM Rob Clark <robdclark at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2021 at 3:15 PM Dylan Baker <dylan at pnwbakers.com> wrote:
> > Hi list,
> > We've talked about it a number of times, but I think it's time time to
> > discuss splitting the classic drivers off of the main development branch
> > again, although this time I have a concrete plan for how this would
> > work.
> > First, why? Basically, all of the classic drivers are in maintanence
> > mode (even i965). Second, many of them rely on code that no one works
> > on, and very few people still understand. There is no CI for most of
> > them, and the Intel CI is not integrated with gitlab, so it's easy to
> > unintentionally break them, and this breakage usually isn't noticed
> > until just before or just after a release. 21.0 was held up (in small
> > part, also me just getting behind) because of such breakages.
> > I konw there is some interest in getting i915g in good enough shape that
> > it could replace i915c, at least for the common case. I also am aware
> > that Dave, Ilia, and Eric (with some pointers from Ken) have been
> > working on a gallium driver to replace i965. Neither of those things are
> > ready yet, but I've taken them into account.
> > Here's the plan:
> > 1) 21.1 release happens
> > 2) we remove classic from master
> > 3) 21.1 reaches EOL because of 21.2
> > 4) we fork the 21.1 branch into a "classic-lts"¹ branch
> > 5) we disable all vulkan and gallium drivers in said branch, at least at
> > the Meson level
> I'm +1 for the -lts branch.. the layering between mesa "classic" and
> gallium is already starting to get poked thru in the name of
> performance, and we've already discovered cases of classic drivers
> being broken for multiple months with no one noticing. I think a
> slower moving -lts branch is the best approach to keeping things
> working for folks with older hw.
> But possibly there is some value in not completely disabling gallium
> completely in the -lts branch. We do have some older gallium drivers
> which do not have CI coverage and I think are not used frequently by
> developers who are tracking the latest main/master branch. I'm not
> suggesting that we remove them from the main (non-lts) branch but it
> might be useful to be able to recommend users of those drivers stick
> with the -lts version for better stability?
I agree with this. Generally, I don't think we should delete anything
from the -lts branch. Doing so only risks more breakage. We probably
want to change some meson build defaults to not build anything but old
drivers but that's it.
> > 6) We change the name and precidence of the glvnd loader file
> > 7) apply any build fixups (turn of intel generators for versions >= 7.5,
> > for example
> > 8) maintain that branch with build and critical bug fixes only
> > This gives ditros and end users two options.
> > 1) then can build *only* the legacy branch in the a normal Mesa provides
> > libGL interfaces fashion
> > 2) They can use glvnd and install current mesa and the legacy branch in
> > parallel
> > Because of glvnd, we can control which driver will get loaded first, and
> > thus if we decide i915g or the i965 replacement is ready and turn it on
> > by default it will be loaded by default. An end user who doesn't like
> > this can add a new glvnd loader file that makes the classic drivers
> > higher precident and continue to use them.
> > Why fork from 21.1 instead of master?
> > First, it allows us to delete classic immediately, which will allow
> > refactoring to happen earlier in the cycle, and for any fallout to be
> > caught and hopefully fixed before the release. Second, it means that
> > when a user is switched from 21.1 to the new classic-lts branch, there
> > will be no regressions, and no one has to spend time figuring out what
> > broke and fixing the lts branch.
> > When you say "build and critical bug fixes", what do you mean?
> > I mean update Meson if we rely on something that in the future is
> > deprecated and removed, and would prevent building the branch or an
> > relying on some compiler behavior that changes, gaping exploitable
> > security holes, that kind of thing.
> > footnotes
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