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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/60] drm/etnaviv: Add support for the nomodeset kernel parameter
(cc'ing Maxime)


Am 15.12.21 um 10:18 schrieb Lucas Stach:
> Hi Javier,
> Am Mittwoch, dem 15.12.2021 um 01:59 +0100 schrieb Javier Martinez Canillas:
>> According to disable Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt, this
>> parameter can be used to disable kernel modesetting.
>> DRM drivers will not perform display-mode changes or accelerated rendering
>> and only the systewm system framebuffer will be available if it was set-up.
> Etnaviv is a render-only driver, so will no perform any modesetting on
> a display device, so I'm not sure if it's sensible to cover it under
> the nomodeset parameter. I see that it is consistent with the other
> drivers that deal with a combined render/display device, where the
> render device also gets disabled with the nomodeset param, but it
> doesn't really match the description of what the parameter is supposed
> to do.
> I'm not opposed to take this patch for consistency reasons, but I would
> like to hear some more opinions from other DRM folks.

Our assumption is that we want to disable all DRM drivers; except those
that operate on the firmware's original framebuffer. That's why the the
test is called drm_firmware_drivers_only().

We know that nomodeset is a terrible name. We only kept it because it
was already there, widely used, and already does what we need.

We had similar concerns with the v3d driver of vc4. Javier, maybe we
should leave-out such special cases for now and discuss them separately?

Best regards

> Regards,
> Lucas
>> But only a few DRM drivers currently check for nomodeset, make this driver
>> to also support the command line parameter.
>> Signed-off-by: Javier Martinez Canillas <>
>> ---
>> drivers/gpu/drm/etnaviv/etnaviv_drv.c | 3 +++
>> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
>> diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/etnaviv/etnaviv_drv.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/etnaviv/etnaviv_drv.c
>> index 7dcc6392792d..58b092248f7b 100644
>> --- a/drivers/gpu/drm/etnaviv/etnaviv_drv.c
>> +++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/etnaviv/etnaviv_drv.c
>> @@ -635,6 +635,9 @@ static int __init etnaviv_init(void)
>> int ret;
>> struct device_node *np;
>> + if (drm_firmware_drivers_only())
>> + return -ENODEV;
>> +
>> etnaviv_validate_init();
>> ret = platform_driver_register(&etnaviv_gpu_driver);

Thomas Zimmermann
Graphics Driver Developer
SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH
Maxfeldstr. 5, 90409 Nürnberg, Germany
(HRB 36809, AG Nürnberg)
Geschäftsführer: Ivo Totev
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