[PATCH 0/2] allow the sysfb support to be used in non-x86 arches

Javier Martinez Canillas javierm at redhat.com
Mon May 24 03:52:50 PDT 2021

Hello Ard,

On 5/24/21 12:24 PM, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:


>> Since this touches both arch/{x86,arm,arm64,riscv} and drivers/firmware, I
>> don't know how it should be merged. But I didn't find a way to split these.
> We could merge this via the EFI tree without too much risk of
> conflicts, I think.

Great, thanks.
> However, I'd like to see a better explanation of why this is an improvement.
> The diffstat does not show a huge net win, and it does not enable
> anything we didn't already have before, right?

I mentioned a little in the cover letter but you are correct that wasn't that
clear. My motivation was to use the simpledrm driver instead of efifb for the
early console, so I could boot without using fbdev at all.

The register_gop_device() in drivers/firmware/efi/efi-init.c only register an
"efi-frambuffer" platform device, which means that it will only allow to use
the efifb driver for the early framebuffer on EFI systems.
The "simple-framebuffer" platform device is only registered by OF if there's
a DT node with this compatible string, but it won't be registered for EFI.
So the simplefb or newly added simpledrm driver won't be matched and probed
with the current EFI support in aarch64 or riscv. In contrast, the x86 code
does register a "simple-framebuffer" device that uses the GOP framebuffer.
One option is to add the same logic in register_gop_device(), but that would
require even more code duplication. Another option would be to make the simple
drivers to match against "efi-framebuffer", but that would be an ugly solution.
But even without taking the lack of "simple-framebuffer" into account, I wonder
what would be the benefit of keeping two code paths that do basically the same.

Best regards,
Javier Martinez Canillas
Software Engineer
New Platform Technologies Enablement team
RHEL Engineering

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