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SubjectRe: [RFC] drm: Allow DRM_IOCTL_MODE_MAP_DUMB for render nodes
On 3 August 2018 at 16:06, Martin Fuzzey <> wrote:
> Hi Emil,
> On 03/08/18 14:35, Emil Velikov wrote:
>> Hi Martin,
>> On 1 August 2018 at 15:24, Martin Fuzzey <>
>> wrote:
>> Let's start with the not-so obvious question:
>> Why does one open the imx as render node?
>> Of the top of my head:
>> There is nothing in egl/android that should require an authenticated
>> device.
>> Hence, using a card node should be fine - the etnaviv code opens the
>> render node it needs.
> Yes, the problem is not in egl/android but in the scanout buffer allocation
> code.
> etnaviv opens the render node on the *GPU* (for submitting GPU commands),
> that part is fine.
> But scanout buffers need to be allocated from imx-drm not etnaviv.
> This done by renderonly_create_kms_dumb_buffer_for_resource()
> [src/gallium/auxiliary/renderonly/renderonly.c]
> Which uses DRM_IOCTL_MODE_CREATE_DUMB followed by
> on the "kms_fd" (probably poorly named because it's not actually used for
> modesetting)
> see imx_drm_screen_create()[ src/gallium/winsys/imx/drm/imx_drm_winsys.c]
> If the card node is used DRM_IOCTL_MODE_CREATE_DUMB works but
> DRM_IOCTL_PRIME_FD_TO_HANDLE fails, because the permissions are
Right I missed the DRM_AUTH, in the fd <> handle IOCTLs.
So in order for things to work, we'd need to either:
- allow dumb buffers for render nodes, or
- drop the DRM_AUTH for fd <> handle imports

Pointing an alternative solution, for kernel developers to analyse and
make a decision.

> In android 8.1 the hardware composer runs in a seperate process and it has
> to use the card node and be drm master (to use the KMS API),
> therefore, when the surface flinger calls
> renderonly_create_kms_dumb_buffer_for_resource() it is not authenticated.
> Making surface flinger use a render node fixes the problem for
> DRM_IOCTL_PRIME_FD_TO_HANDLE (because that already has DRM_RENDER_ALLOW),
> but DRM_IOCTL_MODE_CREATE_DUMB now fails without the patch.
> This probably worked in previous versions of Android where surface flinger
> and hwc were all in the same process.
There has been varying hacks for Android through the years. Bringing
details into the discussion will result in a significant diversion.
Something we could avoid, for the time being ;-)


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