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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 12/17] drm/uAPI: Add "preferred color format" drm property as setting for userspace

Am 29.06.21 um 13:17 schrieb Pekka Paalanen:
> On Tue, 29 Jun 2021 08:12:54 +0000
> Simon Ser <> wrote:
>> On Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 at 09:15, Pekka Paalanen <> wrote:
>>> yes, I think this makes sense, even if it is a property that one can't
>>> tell for sure what it does before hand.
>>> Using a pair of properties, preference and active, to ask for something
>>> and then check what actually worked is good for reducing the
>>> combinatorial explosion caused by needing to "atomic TEST_ONLY commit"
>>> test different KMS configurations. Userspace has a better chance of
>>> finding a configuration that is possible.
>>> OTOH, this has the problem than in UI one cannot tell the user in
>>> advance which options are truly possible. Given that KMS properties are
>>> rarely completely independent, and in this case known to depend on
>>> several other KMS properties, I think it is good enough to know after
>>> the fact.
>>> If a driver does not use what userspace prefers, there is no way to
>>> understand why, or what else to change to make it happen. That problem
>>> exists anyway, because TEST_ONLY commits do not give useful feedback
>>> but only a yes/no.
>> By submitting incremental atomic reqs with TEST_ONLY (i.e. only changing one
>> property at a time), user-space can discover which property makes the atomic
>> commit fail.
> That works if the properties are independent of each other. Color
> range, color format, bpc and more may all be interconnected,
> allowing only certain combinations to work.
> If all these properties have "auto" setting too, then it would be
> possible to probe each property individually, but that still does not
> tell which combinations are valid.
> If you probe towards a certain configuration by setting the properties
> one by one, then depending on the order you pick the properties, you
> may come to a different conclusion on which property breaks the
> configuration.

My mind crossed another point that must be considered: When plugin in a Monitor a list of possible Resolutions+Framerate
combinations is created for xrandr and other userspace (I guess by atomic checks? but I don't know). During this drm
properties are already considered, which is no problem atm because as far as i can tell there is currently no drm
property that would make a certain Resolutions+Framerate combination unreachable that would be possible with everything
on default.

However for example forcing YCbCr420 encoding would limit the available resolutions (my screen for example only supports
YCbCr420 on 4k@60 and @50Hz and on no other resolution or frequency (native is 2560x1440@144Hz).

So would a "force color format" that does not get resetted on repluging/reenabling a monitor break the output, for
example, of an not updated xrandr, unaware of this new property?

>> I'm not a fan of this "preference" property approach. The only way to find out
>> whether it's possible to change the color format is to perform a user-visible
>> change (with a regular atomic commit) and check whether it worked
>> after-the-fact. This is unlike all other existing KMS properties.
> I agree. FWIW, "max bpc" exists already.
>> I'd much rather see a more general approach to fix this combinatorial explosion
>> than to add special-cases like this.
> What would you suggest?
> Maybe all properties should have an "auto" value in addition to the
> explicit no-negotiation values where at all possible?
> That might help probing each property individually with TEST_ONLY
> commits, but it says nothing about combinations.
> A feedback list perhaps? TEST_ONLY commit somehow returning a list of
> property/value tuples indicating what value the "auto" valued
> properties actually get?
> What should a kernel driver optimize for when determining "auto" values?
> Thanks,
> pq
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