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Subject[PATCH] fbmem: really support wildcard video=options for all fbdev drivers
Documentation/fb/modedb.txt states that video=option should be
considered a global option. But video_setup and fb_get_options are not
coded that way. Instead its required to boot with video=driver:option to
set a given option in drvier. This is cumbersome because it requires to
know in advance which driver will be active for a given board/kernel.

The following patch implements the documented catchall for the fbdev
drivers. It is now possible to boot with video=XxY without the need to
know the active driver in advance. The specific case it tries to fix is
syslinux in the SUSE installer which offers a menu to set a display
resolution. Right now this just appends the vga= option the kernel. But
in addition to vga= it should be possible to pass a generic video=XxY
for all framebuffer/drm drivers. With this change forcing a certain
window size of VM displays is now much easier.

Today the video= option is stored in a global fb_mode_option. But
unfortunately only drm uses it.

Note: this change introduces a small memleak if video=option is actually
used because fb_mode_option is const. Most drivers use strsep to get to
individual options. This could be fixed in a followup patch which always
releases the option string in every caller of fb_get_options.

Signed-off-by: Olaf Hering <>
drivers/video/fbmem.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/video/fbmem.c b/drivers/video/fbmem.c
index 010d191..cde4619 100644
--- a/drivers/video/fbmem.c
+++ b/drivers/video/fbmem.c
@@ -1930,6 +1930,9 @@ int fb_get_options(const char *name, char **option)
options = opt + name_len + 1;
+ /* No match, pass global option */
+ if (!options && option && fb_mode_option)
+ options = kstrdup(fb_mode_option, GFP_KERNEL);
if (options && !strncmp(options, "off", 3))
retval = 1;

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