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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3 4/5] drm/vkms: Compute CRC without change input data
On Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:21 AM, Daniel Vetter <daniel@ffwll.ch> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 10:38:31PM -0300, Rodrigo Siqueira wrote:
>
> > The compute_crc() function is responsible for calculating the
> > framebuffer CRC value; due to the XRGB format, this function has to
> > ignore the alpha channel during the CRC computation. Therefore,
> > compute_crc() set zero to the alpha channel directly in the input
> > framebuffer, which is not a problem since this function receives a copy
> > of the original buffer. However, if we want to use this function in a
> > context without a buffer copy, it will change the initial value. This
> > patch makes compute_crc() calculate the CRC value without modifying the
> > input framebuffer.
>
> Uh why? For writeback we're writing the output too, so we can write
> whatever we want to into the alpha channel. For writeback we should never
> accept a pixel format where alpha actually matters, that doesn't make
> sense. You can't see through a real screen either, they are all opaque :-)

I'm not sure about that. See e.g.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See-through_display

Many drivers already accept FBs with alpha channels for the primary
plane.
https://drmdb.emersion.fr/formats?plane=1

Just making sure we aren't painting ourselves into a corner. :P

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