[PATCH 0/4] drm/meson: Module removal fixes

Neil Armstrong narmstrong at baylibre.com
Tue Nov 17 03:49:49 EST 2020

Hi Marc,

On 16/11/2020 21:07, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> Hi all,
> Having recently moved over to a top-of-the-tree u-boot on one of my
> VIM3L systems in order to benefit from unrelated improvements
> (automatic PCIe detection, EFI...), I faced the issue that my kernel
> would hang like this:
> [  OK  ] Finished Helper to synchronize boot up for ifupdown.
> [  OK  ] Started Rule-based Manager for Device Events and Files.
> [    7.114516] VDDCPU: supplied by regulator-dummy
> [  OK  ] Found device /dev/ttyAML0.
> [    7.146862] meson-drm ff900000.vpu: Queued 2 outputs on vpu
> [    7.169630] fb0: switching to meson-drm-fb from simple
> [    7.169944] Console: switching to colour dummy device 80x25
> [    7.179250] meson-drm ff900000.vpu: CVBS Output connector not available
> and that's it.
> After some poking around, I figured out that it is in the
> meson-dw-hdmi module that the CPU was hanging...

I'll be interested in having your kernel config, I never had such report
since I enabled HDMI support in U-Boot a few years ago.

> Reverting to the kernel DT instead of u-boot's papered over it
> somehow, but it turned out that removing the module (modprobe -r)
> resulted in a firework. And for every issue I was fixing, another
> followed. Much fun for a rainy Monday in the basement!
> I ended up with the following 4 patches, which solve all my problems:
> I can now boot with the u-boot provided DT, and the hdmi and DRM
> drivers can be removed and re-inserted at will.
> The first patch is a straightforward use-after-free, causing a NULL
> pointer dereference. Moving things around fixes it.
> The second patch shows that I have no clue about the DRM subsystem
> whatsoever. I mimicked what my Rockchip systems are doing, and the two
> warnings disappeared. It can't completely be wrong (famous last
> words...).
> The third patch fixes a *very* common issue with regulators (I've
> fixed at least 3 drivers with a similar issue). I guess the devm
> subsystem needs to grow a new helper at some point.
> The last patch finally fixes the issue I was seeing: the HDMI driver
> hangs when accessing a register with clocks disabled, which they are
> on module removal. It also fixes my u-boot booting for similar
> reasons, I guess.

Anyway, thanks for fixing this !

> I went as far as reaching out for a HDMI cable and verifying that I
> was getting a working display. Total dedication.

This is very appreciated :-)

> Feedback much appreciated.
> 	M.
> Marc Zyngier (4):
>   drm/meson: Free RDMA resources after tearing down DRM
>   drm/meson: Unbind all connectors on module removal
>   drm/meson: dw-hdmi: Register a callback to disable the regulator
>   drm/meson: dw-hdmi: Ensure that clocks are enabled before touching the
>     TOP registers
>  drivers/gpu/drm/meson/meson_drv.c     | 12 +++++++-----
>  drivers/gpu/drm/meson/meson_dw_hdmi.c | 13 +++++++++++--
>  2 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

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