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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] drm: fix drm_mode_addfb() on big endian machines.
On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:02 AM, Michel Dänzer <> wrote:
> On 2018-09-04 3:05 p.m., Ilia Mirkin wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 4:00 AM, Michel Dänzer <> wrote:
>>> On 2018-09-03 7:07 p.m., Ilia Mirkin wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 12:45 PM, Daniel Vetter <> wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Sep 03, 2018 at 12:57:54PM +0200, Gerd Hoffmann wrote:
>>>>>> Userspace on big endian machhines typically expects the ADDFB ioctl
>>>>>> returns a big endian framebuffer. drm_mode_addfb() will call
>>>>>> drm_mode_addfb2() unconditionally with little endian DRM_FORMAT_*
>>>>>> values though, which is wrong. This patch fixes that.
>>>>>> Drivers (both kernel and xorg) have quirks in place to deal with the
>>>>>> broken drm_mode_addfb() behavior. Because of this we can't just change
>>>>>> drm_mode_addfb() behavior for everybody without breaking things. So add
>>>>>> a new driver feature flag DRIVER_PREFER_HOST_BYTE_ORDER, so drivers can
>>>>>> opt-in.
>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Gerd Hoffmann <>
>>>>>> ---
>>>>>> include/drm/drm_drv.h | 1 +
>>>>>> drivers/gpu/drm/drm_framebuffer.c | 11 +++++++++++
>>>>>> 2 files changed, 12 insertions(+)
>>>>>> diff --git a/include/drm/drm_drv.h b/include/drm/drm_drv.h
>>>>>> index 46a8009784..9cf12596cd 100644
>>>>>> --- a/include/drm/drm_drv.h
>>>>>> +++ b/include/drm/drm_drv.h
>>>>>> @@ -57,6 +57,7 @@ struct drm_printer;
>>>>>> #define DRIVER_KMS_LEGACY_CONTEXT 0x20000
>>>>>> #define DRIVER_SYNCOBJ 0x40000
>>>>>> #define DRIVER_PREFER_XBGR_30BPP 0x80000
>>>>>> +#define DRIVER_PREFER_HOST_BYTE_ORDER 0x100000
>>>>> Hm, not a huge fan of using driver_flags for random little quirks. I think
>>>>> a boolean in sturct drm_mode_config would be much better. Bonus if you
>>>>> also move the 30bpp hack over to that. Something like
>>>>> mode_config.quirk_addfb_host_byte_order and
>>>>> mode_config.quirk_addfb_prefer_xbgr_30bpp or whatever. That has the upside
>>>>> of giving us a really nice place to put a huge comment about what this is
>>>>> supposed to do.
>>>>> I think otherwise this looks overall rather reasonable. I think the only
>>>>> other driver that ever cared about big endian was radeon/amdgpu. Would be
>>>>> good to get at least an ack from amd folks, or a "meh, stopped caring".
>>>> and nouveau.
>>>> I do believe that ADDFB should be made to always prefer host byte
>>>> order -- this is how all of the existing implementations work in
>>>> practice. However e.g. nouveau wants DRM_FORMAT_XRGB8888. But it still
>>>> treats it as host byte order. This will become more important in a
>>>> world where ADDFB2 is more common.
>>>> So, I think that this change should be applied, drivers (I suspect
>>>> just nouveau and radeon) fixed up to consume the "new" formats, [...]
>>> As explained before, that would break radeon userspace on big endian hosts.
>> We last discussed this about a year ago, so I hope you'll forgive my
>> lapse in memory...
>> There's userspace that uses ADDFB2 with DRM_FORMAT_XRGB8888 but
>> expects it to be host-endian?
> ADDFB, not ADDFB2. The latter probably didn't even exist yet when this
> was made to work. :)

Right, but ADDFB doesn't know or care about DRM_FORMAT_*. That's what
I'm saying -- keep ADDFB working, and fix up the DRM_FORMAT_*
underneath it both in the conversion and in the driver. Gerd's patch
allows us to do this incrementally, eventually truing up the
DRM_FORMAT_* in the driver, enabling ADDFB2 to work as expected.


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