Restarting the thread with a different subject line:

I haven't given up on this yet. I am still seeing the following failure:

Additional debug messages I added:
[   15.287403] exynos_drm_gem_create_ioctl() 1
[   15.287419] exynos_drm_gem_create() flags 1

[   15.311511] [drm:exynos_drm_framebuffer_init] *ERROR* Non-contiguous GEM 
memory is not supported.

Additional debug message I added:
[   15.318981] [drm:exynos_user_fb_create] *ERROR* failed to initialize 

This is what happens:

1. exynos_drm_gem_create_ioctl() gets called with EXYNOS_BO_NONCONTIG request
2. exynos_drm_gem_create(0 goes ahead and creates the GEM buffers
3. exynos_user_fb_create() tries to associate GEM to fb and fails during

At this point, there is no recovery and lightdm fails

xf86-video-armsoc/src/drmmode_exynos/drmmode_exynos.c assumes contiguous
allocations are not supported in some exynos drm versions: The following
commit introduced this change:

excerpts from the diff:-       if (create_gem->buf_type == ARMSOC_BO_SCANOUT)
-               create_exynos.flags = EXYNOS_BO_CONTIG;
-       else
-               create_exynos.flags = EXYNOS_BO_NONCONTIG;
+       /* Contiguous allocations are not supported in some exynos drm versions.
+        * When they are supported all allocations are effectively contiguous
+        * anyway, so for simplicity we always request non contiguous buffers.
+        */
+       create_exynos.flags = EXYNOS_BO_NONCONTIG;

There might have been logic on exynos_drm that forced Contig when it coudn't
support NONCONTIG. At least, that is what this comment suggests. This assumption
doesn't appear to be a good one and not sure if this change was made to fix a 

After the IOMMU support, this assumption is no longer true. Hence, with IOMMU
support, latest kernels have a mismatch with the installed xf86-video-armsoc

This is what I am running into. This leads to the following question:

1. How do we ensure exynos_drm kernel changes don't break user-space
   specifically xf86-video-armsoc
2. This seems to have gone undetected for a while. I see a change in
   exynos_drm_gem_dumb_create() that is probably addressing this type
   of breakage. Commit 122beea84bb90236b1ae545f08267af58591c21b adds
   handling for IOMMU NONCONTIG case.

Anyway, I am interested in getting the exynos_drm kernel side code
and xf86-video-armsoc in sync to resolve the issue.

Could you recommend a going forward plan?

I can submit a patch to xf86-video-armsoc. I am also looking ahead to
see if we can avoid such breaks in the future by keeping kernel and
xf86-video-armsoc in sync.

-- Shuah

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