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SubjectRe: Warnings in DRM code when removing/unbinding a driver
On Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 11:03 AM John Garry <john.garry@huawei.com> wrote:
>
> On 19/12/2019 09:54, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 7:08 PM John Garry <john.garry@huawei.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> +
> >>
> >> So the v5.4 kernel does not have this issue.
> >>
> >> I have bisected the initial occurrence to:
> >>
> >> commit 37a48adfba6cf6e87df9ba8b75ab85d514ed86d8
> >> Author: Thomas Zimmermann <tzimmermann@suse.de>
> >> Date: Fri Sep 6 14:20:53 2019 +0200
> >>
> >> drm/vram: Add kmap ref-counting to GEM VRAM objects
> >>
> >> The kmap and kunmap operations of GEM VRAM buffers can now be called
> >> in interleaving pairs. The first call to drm_gem_vram_kmap() maps the
> >> buffer's memory to kernel address space and the final call to
> >> drm_gem_vram_kunmap() unmaps the memory. Intermediate calls to these
> >> functions increment or decrement a reference counter.
> >>
> >> So this either exposes or creates the issue.
> >
> > Yeah that's just shooting the messenger.
>
> OK, so it exposes it.
>
> Like I said, for most drivers
> > you can pretty much assume that their unload sequence has been broken
> > since forever. It's not often tested, and especially the hotunbind
> > from a device (as opposed to driver unload) stuff wasn't even possible
> > to get right until just recently.
>
> Do you think it's worth trying to fix this for 5.5 and earlier, or just
> switch to the device-managed interface for 5.6 and forget about 5.5 and
> earlier?

I suspect it's going to be quite some trickery to fix this properly
and everywhere, even for just one driver. Lots of drm drivers
unfortunately use anti-patterns with wrong lifetimes (e.g. you can't
use devm_kmalloc for anything that hangs of a drm_device, like
plane/crtc/connector). Except when it's for a real hotunpluggable
device (usb) we've never bothered backporting these fixes. Too much
broken stuff unfortunately.
-Daniel

>
> Thanks,
> John



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