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Subject[PATCH v2] video: backlight: pwm_bl: Initialize fb_bl_on[x] and use_count during pwm_backlight_probe()
The commit a55944ca82d2 ("backlight: update bd state & fb_blank properties
when necessary") has posed some extra restrictions on blanking and
unblanking frame buffer device.

Unfortunately, pwm_bl driver's probe did not initialize members of
struct backlight_device necessary for further blank/unblank operation.

This code in case of initial unblank of backlight device (default
behaviour) sets use_count to 1 and marks this particular backlight device
as used by all available fb devices (since it is not known during probe
how much and which fb devices will be assigned).

Without this code, the backlight works properly until one tries to blank
it manually from sysfs with "echo 1 > /sys/class/graphics/fb0/blank".
Since fb_bl_on[0] and use_count were both set to 0, the logic at
fb_notifier_callback (@backlight.c) thought that we didn't turn on
(unblanked) the backlight device and refuses to disable (blank) it.
As a result we see garbage from fb displayed.

Signed-off-by: Lukasz Majewski <>
The patch has been tested on i.MX6q with 4.9-rc3
SHA1: a909d3e636995ba7c349e2ca5dbb528154d4ac30
Changes for v2:
- Update commit message with proper other commit reference

drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c | 10 +++++++++-
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c b/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
index 1261400..6859ba0 100644
--- a/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
+++ b/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
@@ -202,7 +202,7 @@ static int pwm_backlight_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
struct pwm_bl_data *pb;
int initial_blank = FB_BLANK_UNBLANK;
struct pwm_args pargs;
- int ret;
+ int ret, i;

if (!data) {
ret = pwm_backlight_parse_dt(&pdev->dev, &defdata);
@@ -348,6 +348,14 @@ static int pwm_backlight_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)

bl->props.brightness = data->dft_brightness;
bl->props.power = initial_blank;
+ if (initial_blank == FB_BLANK_UNBLANK) {
+ for (i = 0; i < FB_MAX; i++)
+ bl->fb_bl_on[i] = true;
+ bl->use_count = 1;
+ }

platform_set_drvdata(pdev, bl);
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