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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm/atmel-hlcdc: add command line option to specify preferred depth
On Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:22:36 +0200
Daniel Vetter <daniel@ffwll.ch> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 09:34:54AM +0200, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > Hi Peter,
> >
> > On Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:35:02 +0200
> > Peter Rosin <peda@axentia.se> wrote:
> >
> > > I have an sama5d31-based system with 64MB of memory and a 1920x1080
> > > LVDS display wired for 16-bpp. When I enable legacy fbdev support,
> > > the contiguous memory allocator invariably fails with the order-11
> > > allocation for a 1920x1080@24-bpp buffer (~6MB). But this HW can never
> > > make any good use of RGB888, so that is a wasted attempt anyway that
> > > would also waste precious memory should it succeed.
> > >
> > > Sure, I could rewrite user-space to go directly to KMS etc, and that
> > > makes the (attempted) order-11 allocation go away, replacing it with
> > > one order-10 allocation per application restart for a 1920x1080@16-bpp
> > > buffer (<4MB). But after a few restarts, order-10 allocations start to
> > > fail as well, which is only to be expected AFAIU.
> > >
> > > So, I'd rather not change user-space (which was originally written
> > > to target a smaller display) so that I at the same time get the
> > > benefit of an early pre-allocated fbdev frame-buffer that can be
> > > reused over and over. But to do that I need to tell the driver that
> > > 16-bpp is the preferred depth. Add a module parameter to do just that.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Peter Rosin <peda@axentia.se>
> > > ---
> > > drivers/gpu/drm/atmel-hlcdc/atmel_hlcdc_dc.c | 18 +++++++++++++++++-
> > > 1 file changed, 17 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > >
> > > I found some inspiration regarding naming and implementation here:
> > > https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/9848631/
> > >
> > > I have found no feedback on that patch though, which makes me wonder if
> > > I'm perhaps barking up the wronig tree?
> >
> > Hm, isn't that something you can already overload with the video=
> > parameter?
> >
> > video=<output>:<resolution>[-<bpp>]
> >
> > AFAIR, <bpp> encodes the color depth, so what is the benefit of adding
> > this new property to overload the default depth?
> >
> > Maybe I'm wrong and the default depth param is actually useful, but in
> > this case we should probably make it generic since other drivers seems
> > to need it too, and we might want to attach it to a specific display
> > engine instance.
>
> I think for the drm's fbdev emulation we ignore the bpp ...

Nope, it's already parsed [1].

[1]https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/v4.16-rc3/source/drivers/gpu/drm/drm_fb_helper.c#L1812
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Boris Brezillon, Bootlin (formerly Free Electrons)
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
https://bootlin.com

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