Re: [RFC PATCH 0/4] Allow to use DRM fbdev emulation layer with CONFIG_FB disabled

From: Thomas Zimmermann
Date: Fri Aug 27 2021 - 13:50:28 EST


Am 27.08.21 um 12:00 schrieb Javier Martinez Canillas:
This patch series splits the fbdev core support in two different Kconfig
symbols: FB and FB_CORE. The motivation for this is to allow CONFIG_FB to
be disabled, while still using fbcon with the DRM fbdev emulation layer.

I'm skeptical. DRM's fbdev emulation is not just the console emulation, it's a full fbdev device. You can see the related device file as /dev/fb*. Providing the file while having CONFIG_FB disabled doesn't make much sense to me. I know it's not pretty, but it's consistent at least.

If you want to remove fbdev, you could try to untangle fbdev and the console emulation such that DRM can set up a console by itself. Old fbdev drives would also set up the console individually.

Another low-hangling fruit is a config option to enable/disable the fbdev userspace interface (i.e., dev/fb*). Disabling the interface would remove the rsp mmap of the fbdev graphics buffer. We sometimes have to use an extra shadow buffer because mmap requires non-moving buffers. Without mmap we might be able to avoid some of the costly internal memcpys for some of our drivers.

Best regards

The reason for doing this is that now with simpledrm we could just boot
with simpledrm -> real DRM driver, without needing any legacy fbdev driver
(e.g: efifb or simplefb) even for the early console.

We want to do that in the Fedora kernel, but currently need to keep option
CONFIG_FB enabled and all fbdev drivers explicitly disabled, which makes
the configuration harder to maintain.

It is a RFC because I'm not that familiar with the fbdev core, but I have
tested and works with CONFIG_DRM_FBDEV_EMULATION=y and CONFIG_FB disabled.
This config automatically disables all the fbdev drivers that is our goal.

Patch 1/4 is just a clean up, patch 2/4 moves a couple of functions out of
fbsysfs.o, that are not related to sysfs attributes creation and finally
patch 3/4 makes the fbdev split that is mentioned above.

Patch 4/4 makes the DRM fbdev emulation depend on the new FB_CORE symbol
instead of FB. This could be done as a follow-up but for completeness is
also included in this series.

Best regards,

Javier Martinez Canillas (4):
fbdev: Rename fb_*_device() functions names to match what they do
fbdev: Move framebuffer_{alloc,release}() functions to fbmem.c
fbdev: Split frame buffer support in FB and FB_CORE symbols
drm: Make fbdev emulation depend on FB_CORE instead of FB

arch/x86/Makefile | 2 +-
arch/x86/video/Makefile | 2 +-
drivers/gpu/drm/Kconfig | 2 +-
drivers/video/console/Kconfig | 2 +-
drivers/video/fbdev/Kconfig | 57 +++++++++++++---------
drivers/video/fbdev/core/Makefile | 13 +++--
drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbmem.c | 73 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
drivers/video/fbdev/core/fbsysfs.c | 77 +-----------------------------
include/linux/fb.h | 18 ++++++-
9 files changed, 134 insertions(+), 112 deletions(-)

Thomas Zimmermann
Graphics Driver Developer
SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH
Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany
(HRB 36809, AG Nürnberg)
Geschäftsführer: Felix Imendörffer

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