Re: [PATCH 4/9] fb: export fb mode db table

From: Sascha Hauer
Date: Thu Jan 06 2011 - 05:04:25 EST

On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 04:26:58PM +0900, Paul Mundt wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 09, 2010 at 02:47:16PM +0100, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > The different modes can be useful for drivers. Currently there is
> > no way to expose the modes to sysfs, so export them.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <s.hauer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> I'll admit I don't really like the idea of exposing the modedb to drivers
> in this way, but given that we're already doing it for the vesa and cea
> modes, allowing drivers to copy ranges in to their modelist from the
> standard db is probably something we can live with.
> The mode list dumping is basically a blatant sysfs abuse already though,

You mean the available modes should not be exposed to sysfs? I found it
quite convenient to have during development. Exporting the modedb seemed
to be the only way to populate sysfs with a sane set of modes.

> and it would be much cleaner simply to back the mode store with an
> fb_find/try_mode() pair that grovels all the right places in addition to
> doing a pass over the fb_info's modelist.

The kernel provides no way to query the modelist other than sysfs. So
when the modelist dumping is a sysfs abuse, what purpose does the
modelist have anyway?

Right now the behaviour is quite strange. Each time a new (formerly
unknown) mode is selected the modelist magically gets a new entry. So
the kernel normally starts with an empty (or one entry from startup)
modelist and gets populated over time with the modes the user used.

I could understand when we say: "We do not keep the modelist in kernel,
do this in userspace". I could also understand when we say "we keep a
list of sane modes in the kernel, use fbset to switch to exotic modes".
ATM we do the worst of both: We keep a list but we do not populate it
with sane modes. Even worse, we use it to store the history of modes.

I know much of this comes from the fact that the fb subsystem does not
have a maintainer and nowadays the big desktop guys are not using the fb
subsystem at all, but it's really hard to find a way through and every
driver seems to have it's own idea of how things should work.


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