Reported by Michael Mrozek, Jun 14, 2018
The current TILER rotation-code used in the Pyra was just a quick hack to get it to work. It causes some issues (as far as I am aware because of this we can't use the 3D driver and omapdrm also doesn't work properly), so it needs to be cleaned up for release.
Comment 1 by Nikolaus Schaller, Jul 22, 2019
Key problem is defining the drm_fb_helper to request rotation. There seem to be mechanisms in the DRM work queue that a panel (driver) can define the panel orientation.
Comment 2 by Nikolaus Schaller, Jul 22, 2019
With kernel 5.3-rc1 there have been changes to drm_fb_helper.c which breaks our framebuffer rotation again :(
Comment 3 by daveshah, Jun 18, 2020
The TILER is now working again in 5.6. A new command line parameter is added "drm.force_hw_rotation" that uses the panel orientation to rotate the framebuffer using the TILER. The situation is still not ideal, primarily as userspace stuff still needs some changes to use TILER correctly. In particular, width/height still need to be swapped, and anything using DRM_IOCTL_MODE_CREATE_DUMB needs to be changed to DRM_IOCTL_OMAP_GEM_NEW in order to create a tiled buffer. However, I have implemented a shim to fix this for fullscreen stuff ( https://github.com/daveshah1/tiler_rotate_shim) and am currently patching the xf86-video-armsoc-omap5 X11 driver to use TILER rotation too, in order to get DRI3 support.