Re: [Nouveau] [RFC, drm-misc-next v4 0/9] PCI/VGA: Allowing the user to select the primary video adapter at boot time

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Am 07.09.23 um 04:30 schrieb Sui Jingfeng:

On 2023/9/6 17:40, Christian König wrote:
Am 06.09.23 um 11:08 schrieb suijingfeng:
Well, welcome to correct me if I'm wrong.

You seem to have some very basic misunderstandings here.

The term framebuffer describes some VRAM memory used for scanout.

This framebuffer is exposed to userspace through some framebuffer driver, on UEFI platforms that is usually efifb but can be quite a bunch of different drivers.

When the DRM drivers load they remove the previous drivers using drm_aperture_remove_conflicting_pci_framebuffers() (or similar function), but this does not mean that the framebuffer or scanout parameters are modified in any way. It just means that the framebuffer is just no longer exposed through this driver.

Take over is the perfectly right description here because that's exactly what's happening. The framebuffer configuration including the VRAM memory as well as the parameters for scanout are exposed by the newly loaded DRM driver.

In other words userspace can query through the DRM interfaces which monitors already driven by the hardware and so in your terminology figure out which is the primary one.

I'm a little bit of not convinced about this idea, you might be correct.

Well I can point you to the code if you don't believe me.

But there cases where three are multiple monitors and each video card
connect one.

Yeah, but this is irrelevant. The key point is the configuration is taken over when the driver loads.

So whatever is there before as setup (one monitor showing console, three monitors mirrored, whatever) should be there after loading the driver as well. This configuration is just immediately overwritten because nobody cares about it.

It also quite common that no monitors is connected, let the machine boot
first, then find a monitors to connect to a random display output. See
which will display. I don't expect the primary shake with.
The primary one have to be determined as early as possible, because of
the VGA console and the framebuffer console may directly output the primary.

Well that is simply not correct. There is not concept of "primary" display, it can just be that a monitor was brought up by the BIOS or bootloader and we take over this configuration.

Get the DDC and/or HPD involved may necessary complicated the problem.

There are ASpeed BMC who add a virtual connector in order to able display remotely.
There are also have commands to force a connector to be connected status.

It's just that as Thomas explained as well that this completely irrelevant to any modern desktop. Both X and Wayland both iterate the available devices and start rendering to them which one was used during boot doesn't really matter to them.

You may be correct, but I'm still not sure.
I probably need more times to investigate.
Me and my colleagues are mainly using X server,
the version varies from 1.20.4 and
Even this is true, the problems still exist for non-modern desktops.

Well, I have over 25 years of experience with display hardware and what you describe here was never an issue.

What you have is simply a broken display driver which for some reason can't handle your use case.

I strongly suggest that you just completely drop this here and go into the AST driver and try to fix it.


Apart from that ranting like this and trying to explain stuff to people who obviously have much better background in the topic is not going to help your patches getting upstream.

Thanks for you tell me so much knowledge,
I'm realized where are the problems now.
I will try to resolve the concerns at the next version.


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