Re: [PATCH 5.10 28/63] fbcon: Disable accelerated scrolling

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Thu Jan 07 2021 - 03:15:54 EST

On Mon, Jan 4, 2021 at 5:58 PM Greg Kroah-Hartman
<gregkh@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter@xxxxxxxx>
> commit 39aead8373b3c20bb5965c024dfb51a94e526151 upstream.
> So ever since syzbot discovered fbcon, we have solid proof that it's
> full of bugs. And often the solution is to just delete code and remove
> features, e.g. 50145474f6ef ("fbcon: remove soft scrollback code").
> Now the problem is that most modern-ish drivers really only treat
> fbcon as an dumb kernel console until userspace takes over, and Oops
> printer for some emergencies. Looking at drm drivers and the basic
> vesa/efi fbdev drivers shows that only 3 drivers support any kind of
> acceleration:
> - nouveau, seems to be enabled by default
> - omapdrm, when a DMM remapper exists using remapper rewriting for
> y/xpanning
> - gma500, but that is getting deleted now for the GTT remapper trick,
> and the accelerated copyarea never set the FBINFO_HWACCEL_COPYAREA
> flag, so unused (and could be deleted already I think).
> No other driver supportes accelerated fbcon. And fbcon is the only

Note that there are 32 more drivers using acceleration under



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