Re: [Linux-fbdev-devel] [PATCH 2.6.20 1/1] fbdev, mm: hecuba/E-Inkfbdev driver

From: Antonino A. Daplas
Date: Wed Feb 21 2007 - 18:41:22 EST

On Mon, 2007-02-19 at 23:13 -0500, Jaya Kumar wrote:
> On 2/18/07, Paul Mundt <lethal@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Given that, this would have to be something that's dealt with at the
> > subsystem level rather than in individual drivers, hence the desire to
> > see something like this more generically visible.
> >
> Hi Peter, Paul, fbdev folk,
> Ok. Here's what I'm thinking for abstracting this:
> fbdev drivers would setup fb_mmap with their own_mmap as usual. In
> own_mmap, they would do what they normally do and setup a vm_ops. They
> are free to have their own nopage handler but would set the
> page_mkwrite handler to be fbdev_deferred_io_mkwrite().
> fbdev_deferred_io_mkwrite would build up the list of touched pages and
> pass it to a delayed workqueue which would then mkclean on each page

Yes, this functionality is sorely needed by more than a few driver

> and then pass a copy of that page list down to a driver's callback
> function. The fbdev driver's callback function can then do the actual
> IO to the framebuffer or coalesce DMA based on the provided page list.
> I would like to add something like the following to struct fb_info:
> struct fb_deferred_io *defio;
> #endif
> to store the mutex (to protect the page list), the touched page list,
> and the driver's callback function.
> I hope this sounds sufficiently generic to meet everyone's (the two of
> us? :) needs.

There's definitely more than two :-). For the past several years,
various people have been asking for this functionality. So yes,
implementing this in a generic manner will be a big help.


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