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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] simplefb: fix unmapping fb during destruction

On Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 6:16 PM, Stephen Warren <> wrote:
> On 10/02/2013 08:58 AM, David Herrmann wrote:
>> Unfortunately, fbdev does not create its own "struct device" for
>> framebuffers. Instead, it attaches to the device of the parent layer. This
>> has the side-effect that devm_* managed resources are not cleaned up on
>> framebuffer-destruction but rather during destruction of the
>> parent-device. In case of fbdev this might be too late, though.
>> remove_conflicting_framebuffer() may remove fbdev devices but keep the
>> parent device as it is.
>> Therefore, we now use plain ioremap() and unmap the framebuffer in the
>> fb_destroy() callback. Note that we must not free the device here as this
>> might race with the parent-device removal. Instead, we rely on
>> unregister_framebuffer() as barrier and we're safe.
> So, once the .fb_destroy callback has been executed, there's no other
> callback to resurrect it? The framebuffer itself is still registered
> until the device's remove, yet after .fb_destroy, the memory is
> unmapped, which would be dangerous if the FB can be re-started.

fbdev lifetime tracking is weird.. ->fb_destroy() is called by
unregister_framebuffer() _after_ it got unlinked. So no, the
framebuffer is gone and cannot be resurrected. However, the
unregistered/dead fbdev object itself stays around until you call
framebuffer_release(). We cannot call it from fb_destroy(), though as
the platform_data in your platform device still points to the fbdev
device. Therefore we keep it and wait for the platform-driver to be
removed which then again calls unregister_framebuffer() (which will
immediately return as the fbdev device is not registered) and then you
can finally call framebuffer_release().

Note that even though there's fb_get_info() and fb_put_info(), both
are not exported and never used. So there is *no* fbdev ref-counting
(which would be horribly broken anyway) and the driver is the sole
owner of the fbdev object.

> If that's not an issue, this patch seems fine, so
> Acked-by: Stephen Warren <>


>> I know that simplefb was supposed to stay "as simple as possible" but I really
>> think this series is the last set of fixes I have. Unfortunately framebuffer DRM
>> handover is mandatory so we cannot ignore it in simplefb.
> I don't think this patch adds any significant complexity, so I'm not
> worried at least.

Good to hear!


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