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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 00/14] efi/gop: Refactoring + mode-setting feature
On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 23:10, Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 05:41:43PM +0100, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > On Fri, 20 Mar 2020 at 03:00, Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> > >
> > > This series is against tip:efi/core.
> > >
> > > Patches 1-9 are small cleanups and refactoring of the code in
> > > libstub/gop.c.
> > >
> > > The rest of the patches add the ability to use a command-line option to
> > > switch the gop's display mode.
> > >
> > > The options supported are:
> > > video=efifb:mode=n
> > > Choose a specific mode number
> > > video=efifb:<xres>x<yres>[-(rgb|bgr|<bpp>)]
> > > Specify mode by resolution and optionally color depth
> > > video=efifb:auto
> > > Let the EFI stub choose the highest resolution mode available.
> > >
> > > The mode-setting additions increase code size of gop.o by about 3k on
> > > x86-64 with EFI_MIXED enabled.
> > >
> > > Changes in v2 (HT lkp@intel.com):
> > > - Fix __efistub_global attribute to be after the variable.
> > > (NB: bunch of other places should ideally be fixed, those I guess
> > > don't matter as they are scalars?)
> > > - Silence -Wmaybe-uninitialized warning in set_mode function.
> > >
> >
> > These look good to me. The only question I have is whether it would be
> > possible to use the existing next_arg() and parse_option_str()
> > functions to replace some of the open code parsing that goes on in
> > patches 11 - 14.
> >
>
> I don't think so -- next_arg is for parsing space-separated param=value
> pairs, so efi_parse_options can use it, but it doesn't work for the
> comma-separated options we'll have within the value.
>
> parse_option_str would only work for the "auto" option, but it scans the
> entire option string and just returns whether it was there or not, so it
> wouldn't be too useful either, since we have to check for the other
> possibilities anyway.
>
> It would be nice to have a more generic library for cmdline parsing,
> there are a lot of places that have to open-code option parsing like
> this.
>
> There's one thing I noticed while working at this, btw. The Makefile
> specifies -ffreestanding, but at least x86 builds without having to
> specify that. With -ffreestanding, the compiler doesn't optimize string
> functions -- strlen(string literal) into a compile-time constant, for
> eg. A couple hundred bytes or so can be saved by removing that option,
> if it also works for ARM.

Yes, -ffreestanding implies -fno-builtin, which means that the
compiler cannot assume it knows (and can optimize away) the behavior
of strlen(), memset(), etc.

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