New DRM driver model - gets rid of DRM() macros!
keith at tungstengraphics.com
Wed Sep 29 07:39:37 PDT 2004
Keith Whitwell wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 29, 2004 at 03:12:03PM +0100, Keith Whitwell wrote:
>>> Thinking about it, it may not have been a problem of crashing, but
>>> rather that the behaviour visible from a program attempting to read
>>> (or poll) was different with noop versions of these functions to NULL
>>> versions, and that was causing problems. This is 18 months ago, so
>>> yes, I'm being vague.
>>> The X server does look at this file descriptor, which is where the
>>> problem would have arisen, but only the gamma & maybe ffb drivers do
>>> anything with it.
>> Indeed, for read you're returning 0 now instead of the -EINVAL from
>> code when no ->read is present. I'd say the current drm behaviour is
>> a bug,
>> but if X drivers rely on it.
> I'd agree, but it's a widely distributed bug. I guess we can fix it in
> the X server, but even better would be to rip out the code as it's
> fundamentally misguided, based on a wierd idea that the kernel would
> somehow ask the X server to perform a context switch between two
> userspace clients...
The piece of the puzzle you're missing is that the read() function really did
used to do something, and was relied upon.
If you want to go right back to prehistory, the drm was originally designed as
a "core + personality" system, where the core supported a number of different
context switching mechanisms to cover a variety of hardware cases. The gamma
driver exercised one path, but everything since then has been a lot more
simplistic, assuming that the hardware state is lost if another context has
Hardware often has the capacity to hold multiple active contexts or to perform
fast hardware context save & restore. None of the DRI drivers have attempted
to take advantage of that - optimization continues to focus on the
A future X-on-GL world where regular applications are presumably doing direct
rendering will change that assumption...
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