Re: [PATCH] video/console/vgacon: Print big fat warning with nomodeset

From: Jani Nikula
Date: Tue Jul 03 2018 - 07:57:45 EST

On Tue, 03 Jul 2018, Daniel Vetter <daniel@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 02, 2018 at 05:04:40PM -0400, Lyude Paul wrote:
>> It's been a pretty good while since kernel modesetting was introduced.
>> It has almost entirely replaced previous solutions which required
>> userspace modesetting, and I can't even recall any drivers off the top
>> of my head for modern day hardware that don't only support one or the
>> other. Even nvidia's ugly blob does not require the use of nomodeset,
>> and only requires that nouveau be blacklisted.
>> Effectively, the only thing nomodeset does in the year 2018 is disable
>> your graphics drivers. Since VESA is a thing, this will give many users
>> the false impression that they've actually fixed an issue they were
>> having with their machine simply because the laptop will boot up to a
>> degraded GUI. This of course, is never actually the case.
>> Things get even worse when you consider that there's still an enormous
>> amount of tutorials users find on the internet that still suggest adding
>> nomodeset, along with various users who have been around long enough to
>> still suggest it.
>> There really isn't any legitimate reason I can see for this to be an
>> option that's used by anyone else other then developers, or properly
>> informed users. So, let's end the confusion and start printing warnings
>> whenever it's enabled.
>> Signed-off-by: Lyude Paul <lyude@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Yeah makes tons of sense. I think we should also perhaps mark the option
> as a tainting one, but I think that's only wired up for module option.

You could do that by adding


in text_mode(). If you do that, you should probably amend the warning
message accordingly.

Either way,

Acked-by: Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@xxxxxxxxx>

> Reviewed-by: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter@xxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> drivers/video/console/vgacon.c | 5 +++++
>> 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
>> diff --git a/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c b/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
>> index f09e17b60e45..09731b2f6815 100644
>> --- a/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
>> +++ b/drivers/video/console/vgacon.c
>> @@ -112,6 +112,11 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(vgacon_text_force);
>> static int __init text_mode(char *str)
>> {
>> vgacon_text_mode_force = true;
>> +
>> + pr_warning("You have booted with nomodeset. This means your GPU drivers are DISABLED\n");
>> + pr_warning("Any video related functionality will be severely degraded, and you may not even be able to suspend the system properly\n");
>> + pr_warning("Unless you actually understand what nomodeset does, you should reboot without enabling it\n");
>> +
>> return 1;
>> }
>> --
>> 2.17.1
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Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Graphics Center