users of drm-legacy-kmod or drm drivers from base

Niclas Zeising zeising at
Sun Mar 8 19:34:09 UTC 2020

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In order to improve support for the new lkpi based graphics drivers 
(drm-kmod) and to improve the graphics stack we have switched mesa to 
prefer DRI3 over DRI2.  This was done in r528071.  For those using 
drm-kmod, this should improve performance somewhat, and more importantly 
alleviate the use of the FIXDRM option (now removed) in xorg-server.

However, for those of you using graphics/drm-legacy-kmod or the drm 
drivers in base, this change can cause issues.  If you are experiencing 
problems when running OpenGL applications, you can force the use of the 
DRI2 backend.

To force mesa to use DRI2, set the environment variable 
LIBGL_DRI3_DISABLE to 1 before starting any OpenGL application.  The 
easiest way to accomplish this is by adding it to either your shell 
startup file or ~/.xinitrc.

As an example, for users of [t]csh, put
in ~/.cshrc.

For users of bourne type shells (sh, bash, ksh, zsh, ...) instead put
in ~/.profile

If you are using these legacy drivers, I'm also very interested in 
hearing what issues you are facing that prevents you from using the new 
lkpi based drivers.

Niclas Zeising
FreeBSD Graphics Team

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