RE: [PATCH RFC] video: Add Hyper-V Synthetic Video Frame BufferDriver

From: Haiyang Zhang
Date: Thu Feb 21 2013 - 23:11:59 EST

> From: Olaf Hering
> Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 10:53 AM
> To: Haiyang Zhang
> Cc: FlorianSchandinat@xxxxxx; linux-fbdev@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; KY Srinivasan; jasowang@xxxxxxxxxx; linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC] video: Add Hyper-V Synthetic Video Frame Buffer Driver
> On Tue, Feb 19, Haiyang Zhang wrote:
> > In my test, the vesafb doesn't automatically give up the emulated video device,
> > unless I add the DMI based mechanism to let it exit on Hyper-V.
> From reading the code, it seems to do that via
> do_remove_conflicting_framebuffers(). hypervfb does not set apertures
> etc, so that function is a noop.

We are currently allocating a new framebuffer for hyperv_fb, which is different
from the framebuffer for the emulated video. So this cannot be detected by
do_remove_conflicting_framebuffers() based on apertures_overlap().

> My point is that with this new driver distro kernel will have no console
> output until hypervfb is loaded. On native hardware there is at least
> vesafb which can display something until initrd is running. So if the
> hypervisor allows that hypervfb can shutdown the emulated vesa hardware
> then it should do that.

Since the generic vga driver starts to work early in the boot process, the console
messages are still displayed without vesafb. Actually, I didn't see any console
messages missing when comparing it to the original VM before my patch.

- Haiyang
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