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From: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>
To: Ard Biesheuvel <ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org>
Cc: Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu>,
	Ard Biesheuvel <ardb@kernel.org>,
	linux-efi <linux-efi@vger.kernel.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>,
	Bhupesh Sharma <bhsharma@redhat.com>,
	Masayoshi Mizuma <m.mizuma@jp.fujitsu.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/6] efi/earlycon: Remap entire framebuffer after page initialization
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:05:46 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20191210200546.GA55356@rani.riverdale.lan> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAKv+Gu8QWcSwRajsO5voTQJxDHy613ugCd_R6=SStf9ABrmtfQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Mon, Dec 09, 2019 at 07:24:13PM +0000, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Dec 2019 at 20:12, Arvind Sankar <nivedita@alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 06, 2019 at 04:55:42PM +0000, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> > > From: Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>
> > >
> > > When commit 69c1f396f25b
> > >
> > >   "efi/x86: Convert x86 EFI earlyprintk into generic earlycon implementation"
> > >
> > > moved the x86 specific EFI earlyprintk implementation to a shared location,
> > > it also tweaked the behaviour. In particular, it dropped a trick with full
> > > framebuffer remapping after page initialization, leading to two regressions:
> > > 1) very slow scrolling after page initialization,
> > > 2) kernel hang when the 'keep_bootcon' command line argument is passed.
> > >
> > > Putting the tweak back fixes #2 and mitigates #1, i.e., it limits the slow
> > > behavior to the early boot stages, presumably due to eliminating heavy
> > > map()/unmap() operations per each pixel line on the screen.
> > >
> >
> > Could the efi earlycon have an interaction with PCI resource allocation,
> > similar to what commit dcf8f5ce3165 ("drivers/fbdev/efifb: Allow BAR to
> > be moved instead of claiming it") fixed for efifb?
> 
> Yes. If the BAR gets moved, things will break. This is mostly an issue
> for the keep_bootcon case, but that is documented as being a debug
> feature specifically for addressing console initialization related
> issues. Earlycon itself is also a debug feature, so if you hit the BAR
> reallocation issue, you're simply out of luck. Note that this happens
> rarely in practice, only on non-x86 systems where the firmware and the
> kernel have very different policies regarding BAR allocation, and on
> DT based systems, you can force the OS to honour the existing
> allocation by using linux,pci-probe-only

Thanks. Another q -- I tried out the earlycon=efifb, and it seems like
it gets disabled (without keep_bootcon) as soon as dummycon takes over,
which is well before the real console.

DUMMY_CONSOLE is defined as
	depends on VGA_CONSOLE!=y || SGI_NEWPORT_CONSOLE!=y 
	default y

so it seems like it will pretty much always be enabled, as it doesn't
seem likely that VGA_CONSOLE=y and SGI_NEWPORT_CONSOLE=y would ever be
true simultaneously.

Am I missing something or is this the way it's supposed to work? So
keep_bootcon seems almost necessary with the EFI boot console? Would a
patch to not disable boot console when dummycon is initialized, but wait
for a real console, be useful?

Thanks.

  reply	other threads:[~2019-12-10 20:05 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-12-06 16:55 [GIT PULL 0/6] EFI fixes for v5.5 Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 1/6] efi/memreserve: register reservations as 'reserved' in /proc/iomem Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] efi/memreserve: Register " tip-bot2 for Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 2/6] efi/gop: Return EFI_NOT_FOUND if there are no usable GOPs Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] " tip-bot2 for Arvind Sankar
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 3/6] efi/gop: Return EFI_SUCCESS if a usable GOP was found Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] " tip-bot2 for Arvind Sankar
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 4/6] efi/gop: Fix memory leak from __gop_query32/64 Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] efi/gop: Fix memory leak in __gop_query32/64() tip-bot2 for Arvind Sankar
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 5/6] efi: fix type of unload field in efi_loaded_image_t Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] efi: Fix efi_loaded_image_t::unload type tip-bot2 for Arvind Sankar
2019-12-06 16:55 ` [PATCH 6/6] efi/earlycon: Remap entire framebuffer after page initialization Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-08 13:33   ` [tip: efi/urgent] " tip-bot2 for Andy Shevchenko
2019-12-09 19:12   ` [PATCH 6/6] " Arvind Sankar
2019-12-09 19:24     ` Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-10 20:05       ` Arvind Sankar [this message]
2019-12-11 11:26         ` Ard Biesheuvel
2019-12-11 15:55           ` Arvind Sankar

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