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SubjectRe: [PATCH] i915: Quirk out disconnected backlight
On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:12 PM, David Woodhouse <dwmw2@infradead.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-09-14 at 14:09 +0100, Grant Likely wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM, Chris Wilson <chris@chris-wilson.co.uk> wrote:
>> > On Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:57:06 +0100, Grant Likely <grant.likely@secretlab.ca> wrote:
>> >> Some platforms (for instance MacbookPros) have custom backlight drivers
>> >> and don't use the integrated i915 backlight control. This patch adds a
>> >> quirk to disable registering the intel backlight when unused on a
>> >> platform.
>> >>
>> >> Tested on MacbookPro8,3. Without this patch both the intel_backlight and
>> >> gmux_backlight devices get registered and userspace doesn't know which
>> >> it should use.
>> >
>> > Userspace is informed throught the backlight/type property.
>>
>> Perhaps, but userspace (Ubuntu) isn't doing anything with it, and it
>> still remains that it makes no sense whatsoever to register a
>> backlight device that doesn't exist.
>
> Indeed. Userspace (well, gnome-settings-daemon) will use the backlight
> provided by X, in preference to anything it finds
> in /sys/class/backlight. So if the Intel one is present (and thus
> exposed via X) then userspace will never bother with comparing types and
> choosing the sanest backlight to use.
>
> See https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=752595

In that bug you mention that the intel backlight sets a bogus max of
'1' when a backlight isn't present. I saw that too here. Here's the
offending code:

u32 intel_panel_get_max_backlight(struct drm_device *dev)
{
struct drm_i915_private *dev_priv = dev->dev_private;
u32 max;
max = i915_read_blc_pwm_ctl(dev_priv);
if (max == 0) {
/* XXX add code here to query mode clock or hardware clock
* and program max PWM appropriately.
*/
pr_warn_once("fixme: max PWM is zero\n");
return 1;
}
I used a quirk in my patch, but I could instead change the driver to
bail here instead of trying to limp along.

g.


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