[RFC PATCH 00/12] Ion cleanup in preparation for moving out of staging

Laura Abbott labbott at redhat.com
Fri Mar 3 11:16:14 PST 2017

On 03/03/2017 08:45 AM, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> On Friday 03 Mar 2017 11:04:33 Daniel Vetter wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 02, 2017 at 01:44:32PM -0800, Laura Abbott wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> There's been some recent discussions[1] about Ion-like frameworks. There's
>>> apparently interest in just keeping Ion since it works reasonablly well.
>>> This series does what should be the final clean ups for it to possibly be
>>> moved out of staging.
>>> This includes the following:
>>> - Some general clean up and removal of features that never got a lot of
>>>   use as far as I can tell.
>>> - Fixing up the caching. This is the series I proposed back in December[2]
>>>   but never heard any feedback on. It will certainly break existing
>>>   applications that rely on the implicit caching. I'd rather make an
>>>   effort to move to a model that isn't going directly against the
>>>   establishement though.
>>> - Fixing up the platform support. The devicetree approach was never well
>>>   recieved by DT maintainers. The proposal here is to think of Ion less as
>>>   specifying requirements and more of a framework for exposing memory to
>>>   userspace.
>>> - CMA allocations now happen without the need of a dummy device structure.
>>>   This fixes a bunch of the reasons why I attempted to add devicetree
>>>   support before.
>>> I've had problems getting feedback in the past so if I don't hear any
>>> major objections I'm going to send out with the RFC dropped to be picked
>>> up. The only reason there isn't a patch to come out of staging is to
>>> discuss any other changes to the ABI people might want. Once this comes
>>> out of staging, I really don't want to mess with the ABI.
>>> Feedback appreciated.
>> Imo looks all good. And I just realized that cross-checking with the TODO,
>> the 2 items about _CUSTOM and _IMPORT ioctls I noted are already there.
>> Otherwise I looked through the patches, looks all really reasonable.
> Two more items that need to be addressed in my opinion :
> - Let's not export the ion_client API, we don't want drivers to be ion-
> specific. Only the dma-buf interface should be visible to drivers.

Yes, that's a good point. I never heard back from anyone about a need for
in kernel allocation via Ion.


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