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SubjectRe: [RFC] drm/atomic+msm: add helper to implement legacy dirtyfb

On 04/04/2018 08:58 AM, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 12:42 AM, Rob Clark <> wrote:
>> Add an atomic helper to implement dirtyfb support. This is needed to
>> support DSI command-mode panels with x11 userspace (ie. when we can't
>> rely on pageflips to trigger a flush to the panel).
>> To signal to the driver that the async atomic update needs to
>> synchronize with fences, even though the fb didn't change, the
>> drm_atomic_state::dirty flag is added.
>> Signed-off-by: Rob Clark <>
>> ---
>> Background: there are a number of different folks working on getting
>> upstream kernel working on various different phones/tablets with qcom
>> SoC's.. many of them have command mode panels, so we kind of need a
>> way to support the legacy dirtyfb ioctl for x11 support.
>> I know there is work on a proprer non-legacy atomic property for
>> userspace to communicate dirty-rect(s) to the kernel, so this can
>> be improved from triggering a full-frame flush once that is in
>> place. But we kinda needa a stop-gap solution.
>> I had considered an in-driver solution for this, but things get a
>> bit tricky if userspace ands up combining dirtyfb ioctls with page-
>> flips, because we need to synchronize setting various CTL.FLUSH bits
>> with setting the CTL.START bit. (ie. really all we need to do for
>> cmd mode panels is bang CTL.START, but is this ends up racing with
>> pageflips setting FLUSH bits, then bad things.) The easiest soln
>> is to wrap this up as an atomic commit and rely on the worker to
>> serialize things. Hence adding an atomic dirtyfb helper.
>> I guess at least the helper, with some small addition to translate
>> and pass-thru the dirty rect(s) is useful to the final atomic dirty-
>> rect property solution. Depending on how far off that is, a stop-
>> gap solution could be useful.
> Adding Noralf, who iirc already posted the full dirty helpers already somewhere.
> -Daniel

I've asked Deepak to RFC the core changes suggested for the full dirty
blob on dri-devel. It builds on DisplayLink's suggestion, with a simple
helper to get to the desired coordinates.

One thing to perhaps discuss is how we would like to fit this with
front-buffer rendering and the dirty ioctl. In the page-flip context,
the dirty rects, like egl's swapbuffer_with_damage is a hint to restrict
the damage region that can be fully ignored by the driver, new content
is indicated by a new framebuffer.

We could do the same for frontbuffer rendering: Either set a dirty flag
like you do here, or provide a content_age state member. Since we clear
the dirty flag on state copies, I guess that would be sufficient. The
blob rectangles would then become a hint to restrict the damage region.

Another approach would be to have the presence of dirty rects without
framebuffer change to indicate frontbuffer rendering.

I think I like the first approach best, although it may be tempting for
user-space apps to just set the dirty bit instead of providing the full
damage region.


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