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SubjectRe: [PATCH] drm/qxl: drop prime import/export callbacks
On Tue, Apr 09, 2019 at 02:01:33PM +1000, Dave Airlie wrote:
> On Sat, 12 Jan 2019 at 07:13, Dave Airlie <airlied@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 at 18:17, Gerd Hoffmann <kraxel@redhat.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Also set prime_handle_to_fd and prime_fd_to_handle to NULL,
> > > so drm will not advertive DRM_PRIME_CAP_{IMPORT,EXPORT} to
> > > userspace.
>
> It's been pointed out to me that disables DRI3 for these devices, I'm
> not sure that is the solution we actually wanted.
>
> any ideas?

Well. Lets have a look at where we stand:

* drm_gem_prime_export() works with qxl, you'll get a dma-buf handle.

* Other drivers trying to map that dma-buf (drm_gem_map_dma_buf()
callback) will not work, due to the ->gem_prime_get_sg_table()
callback not being there.

* drm_gem_prime_import() will work with buffers from the same qxl
device, there is a shortcut for this special case. Otherwise it
will not work, due to the ->gem_prime_import_sg_table() callback
not being there.

Bottom line: you can use prime to pass qxl object handles from one
application to another. But you can't actually export/import qxl
buffer objects from/to other devices.

Problem is that we have no way to signal to userspace that prime can
be used that way.

Setting DRM_PRIME_CAP_{IMPORT,EXPORT} even though the driver can't
do that leads to other problems. Userspace thinks it can have other
devices (intel vgpu for example) handle the rendering, then import
the rendered buffer into qxl for scanout.

Should we add something like DRM_PRIME_CAP_SAME_DEVICE?

cheers,
Gerd

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