On Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 10:20:23AM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> Perhaps the easy answer is to change the fatal is-pat-enabled check to just
>>> a warning like "you have PAT enabled, so wc is disabled for the framebuffer.
>>> if you want wc, use the nopat parameter"?
>> I like this idea more and more. I haven't experience any problems running
>> with PAT-enabled and no write-combining on the framebuffer. Any objections?
> None from me.
> However, since you have the hardware, you could see if you can use the
> change_page_attr machinery to change the memory type on the framebuffer once
> you figure out where it is.

I am certainly willing to try this, but my understanding of the goal of the
changes that disabled ivtvfb originally is that it was trying to hide the
architecture-specific memory management from the driver.

Wouldn't (figuring out a way to) expose x86/mm/pageattr internals to the
driver be doing the opposite? (or maybe I misunderstand your suggestion)

- Nick

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