Re: PWM backlight initial state assumptions, or how pwm_bl killed my (nyan) cat^W backlight support
From: Paul Kocialkowski
Date: Thu Jul 06 2017 - 09:02:35 EST
On Thu, 2017-07-06 at 13:57 +0100, Daniel Thompson wrote:
> On 06/07/17 13:41, Paul Kocialkowski wrote:
> > > > Some panels have a documented powerup sequence, which usually
> > > > ends with
> > > > the backlight being enabled to avoid showing garbage before the
> > > > panel is
> > > > initialized completely.
> > > > The reason for 3698d7e7d221 was a device with the display
> > > > disabled out
> > > > of the bootloader, where the backlight is controlled by the
> > > > simple-panel
> > > > driver. Enabling the backlight from the backlight driver before
> > > > the
> > > > panel driver requests the backlight to be enabled (before the
> > > > panel is
> > > > powered) would result in a white flash during boot.
> > > >
> > > > I tried to be careful to only let the backlight driver set the
> > > > initial
> > > > state to disabled if a few conditions are met: the GPIO is
> > > > already
> > > > configured as output and disabled, and the backlight device tree
> > > > node
> > > > has a phandle pointing to it, so we can expect there to be some
> > > > controlling instance that will enable it when appropriate.
> > > >
> > > > I wonder why in your case there is a phandle link to the
> > > > backlight node
> > > > but nothing actually enables the backlight during boot. I would
> > > > expect
> > > > that to be handled by the panel driver.
> > >
> > > I had completely missed the fact that the panel driver is supposed
> > > to request
> > > backlight enable! With that in mind, this policy no longer
> > > concerns "the whole
> > > lifetime of the driver" but only the timeframe between backlight
> > > probe and
> > > panel
> > > probe. Thanks for clarifying this. I suppose I agree with this
> > > policy now.
> > >
> > > So remains the question: why does the panel not enable backlight
> > > on my device?
> > >
> > > I will investigate this later today. Hopefully, the probe defer
> > > logic should
> > > prevent a case where the panel is probed (to the end) before the
> > > backlight
> > > driver.
> > This is actually due to the tegra drm driver not probing. It is
> > happening on my
> > setup (with a somewhat custom, out-of-tree config) on both jetson-
> > tk1 and
> > nyan_big, but also on kernelci, running both tegra_defconfig and
> > multi_v7_defconfig.
> > Since this is no longer a concern related to the pwm backlight
> > driver, I will
> > start a new thread with the relevant addresses in CC.
> Thanks for the update. Much appreciated!
> BTW, I got the impression from your first mail that you are chasing a
> regression between v4.11 and v4.12. If that's the case you should
> that the backlight changes we have been discussing landed in v4.11
> if you do have a regression between these two releases then
> backlight in the other thread may just be confusing).
That makes sense. The commit I had pointed out as offending was actually
not, this was just me hastily jumping to conclusions. I had just skipped
the fact that the display driver was supposed to re-enable backlight.
So this is definitely not backlight-related and I'm not going to mention
this in the follow-up discussion about the drm issue.
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