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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] Fix loading of module radeonfb on PowerMac
Hi Bartlomiej,

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 4:23 PM, Lennart Sorensen
<lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 03, 2018 at 03:47:35PM +0100, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
>> On Thursday, December 21, 2017 11:07:56 PM Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
>> > When the linux kernel is build with (typical kernel ship with Debian
>> > installer):
>> >
>> > CONFIG_FB_OF=y
>> > CONFIG_VT_HW_CONSOLE_BINDING=y
>> > CONFIG_FB_RADEON=m
>> >
>> > The offb driver takes precedence over module radeonfb. It is then
>> > impossible to load the module, error reported is:
>> >
>> > [ 96.551486] radeonfb 0000:00:10.0: enabling device (0006 -> 0007)
>> > [ 96.551526] radeonfb 0000:00:10.0: BAR 0: can't reserve [mem 0x98000000-0x9fffffff pref]
>> > [ 96.551531] radeonfb (0000:00:10.0): cannot request region 0.
>> > [ 96.551545] radeonfb: probe of 0000:00:10.0 failed with error -16
>> >
>> > This patch reproduce the behavior of the module radeon, so as to make it
>> > possible to load radeonfb when offb is first loaded.
>> >
>> > It should be noticed that `offb_destroy` is never called which explain the
>> > need to skip error detection on the radeon side.
>>
>> This still needs to be explained more, from my last mail:
>>
>> "The last put_fb_info() on fb_info should call ->fb_destroy
>> (offb_destroy in our case) and remove_conflicting_framebuffers()
>> is calling put_fb_info() so there is some extra reference on
>> fb_info somewhere preventing it from going away.
>>
>> Please look into fixing this."
>
> My impression of that problem is that the offb driver is in use because
> it is running the console, and until the radeonfb driver is loaded and
> ready to take over, you can't stop using the offb driver, but you can't
> currently load the radeonfb because offb is holding resources it wants.
>
> Maybe I have misunderstood what the code is doing, but that seems to be
> the problem.
>
> On an x86 PC you could drop one fb and go to text mode then start another
> fb driver. PPC doesn't have that option since there is no text mode.

For reference my patch was inspired by commit:

https://github.com/torvalds/linux/commit/a56f7428d7534f162fbb089c5c79012bf38a7c29

While doing the search, I discover my patch is incorrect, I need to
integrate change from:

https://github.com/torvalds/linux/commit/44adece57e2604cec8527a499b48e4d584ab53b8#diff-767fb253c0135686111755f394d64199

So I'll submit a v4 anyway.

Thanks all,

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