Bug 1462493 - Add patch for VAAPI support
Summary: Add patch for VAAPI support
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: chromium
Version: 27
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tom "spot" Callaway
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2017-06-18 05:26 UTC by Patrick Griffis
Modified: 2018-12-23 17:29 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2018-11-30 17:29:14 UTC

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Description Patrick Griffis 2017-06-18 05:26:48 UTC
Chromium by default only enables VAAPI support on ChromeOS even though it is functional on desktop Linux and can be enabled with a patch.

The value of enabling VAAPI support is better battery life on mobile devices and smoother playback on low end devices.

Chromium patch: https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/tree/vaapi_patch_r2.patch?h=chromium-vaapi
Upstream bug: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=463440

Comment 1 Tom "spot" Callaway 2017-08-08 21:12:42 UTC
That's a pretty big patch that upstream doesn't want to take. Is it really worth the hassle?

Comment 2 Patrick Griffis 2017-08-08 22:57:49 UTC
It might be large but it shouldn't be overly complex, it is just changing `if chromeos` to `if chromeos or linux` basically.

Anyway upstream seems to be making progress on getting this merged: https://chromium-review.googlesource.com/c/532294

Comment 3 Tom "spot" Callaway 2017-08-14 15:15:02 UTC
I think the best plan of action is to wait for this to merge upstream.

Comment 4 Jan Kurik 2017-08-15 06:25:20 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 27 development cycle.
Changing version to '27'.

Comment 5 Ben Cotton 2018-11-27 16:33:29 UTC
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Comment 6 Tom "spot" Callaway 2018-11-27 21:20:12 UTC
Upstream has no plan to merge this patch:

  This is not something we're interested in maintaining upstream. 
  https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=463440#c68 explains the 

  We're already struggling just supporting the massive variety of GPU/driver 
  combination (and their bugs) across distributions (and users tinkering with 
  them), we don't have the manpower to deal with yet another layer of failure 
  points. Users get *really* angry when videos don't play / crash etc.

So, I'm torn. This patch is relatively straightforward from a "doesn't change much" perspective, and the upside could be significant for some users... but it enables code that is not tested on Linux, upstream will not support, and I have no particular expertise in... there are no bugs against the chromium-vaapi package in rpmfusion, but that's not saying anything.

Given that SuSE ships it though, I'm inclined to do so as well. I'm going to toss it into rawhide for now, and let people test it there first.

Comment 7 Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski 2018-11-28 23:36:51 UTC
Yay! I have VAAPI capable hardware, so I can test updates (not rawhide though). And yes, I'm aware of upstream position and I'm subscribed to the linked bug.

Comment 8 Ben Cotton 2018-11-30 17:29:14 UTC
Fedora 27 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2018-11-30. Fedora 27 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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Comment 9 Tom "spot" Callaway 2018-11-30 18:46:52 UTC
This is in rawhide, seems to work fine (tested it on a youtube video, confirmed GpuVideoDecoder used. I'll push it to stable branches on the next chromium update.

Comment 10 Akarshan Biswas 2018-12-03 06:52:49 UTC
@Tom The only bug on chromium-vaapi is on wayland which I'm working on. This is generally an intel driver bug. Please see https://github.com/biswasab/chromium-vaapi/issues/7. I am trying to enable ozone wayland support so that chromium can access the intel driver on wayland.

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