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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fb: Rework locking to fix lock ordering on takeover
Am 04.01.2013 14:25, schrieb Alan Cox:
> On Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:50:37 +0100
> Alexander Holler <> wrote:
>> Am 28.12.2012 13:40, schrieb Borislav Petkov:
>>> On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 07:50:27PM +0800, Shawn Guo wrote:
>>>> +1
>>> Cool, works fine here too. Is Linus on CC? (/me checks.. ) Yes he is,
>>> good.
>>> Linus, Alan's patch works at least in 2 cases, you might consider
>>> picking it up directly since the fb maintainer is absent, reportedly.
>> Btw. I think all the usb-fb's (udlfb, smscufx and udl) are broken, at
>> least on ARM(v5). When I have linked in udlfb the following happens on
>> boot (with an attached USB-LCD and with or without the "Rework locking
>> patch):
> They are broken if used as the system console (has been known for years).

Ah. Thats why I didn't see it before. Usually I've used the serial as
system console. So thats why it worked before. ;)

> Perhaps your x86 test has the system console still on another device ?

Exactly thats the case. Thanks for pointing it out.

> For the udl layer it shouldn't matter as Dave Airlie wrote a DRM driver
> for udl which obsoletes the old fb layer one and works much better
> (although the error handling is still totally broken and leaks like a
> sieve if it fails)
> Fixing the console isn't that difficult - you just need to make your
> device queue the console I/O to a worker thread of some kind. We don't

That is what I wanted to try next. ;)

> want to do that by default because we want to get the messages out
> reliably and immediately on saner hardware. Given there are several
> such cases a general helper and a console "I am crap" flag might be better
> than hacking each driver.

All those drivers look very similiar. I will see if I'm successfull in
writing such an IamCrapHelper. Might need some time, but I will post a
patch for review, if I've done and tested it. I'm only using the USB-LCD
on occasion, so it doesn't have high priority for me because I don't
really need it.

Thanks for the hints.



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