media: vb2: Allow reqbufs(0) with "in use" MMAP buffers

Videobuf2 presently does not allow VIDIOC_REQBUFS to destroy outstanding
buffers if the queue is of type V4L2_MEMORY_MMAP, and if the buffers are
considered "in use".  This is different behavior than for other memory
types and prevents us from deallocating buffers in following two cases:

1) There are outstanding mmap()ed views on the buffer. However even if
   we put the buffer in reqbufs(0), there will be remaining references,
   due to vma .open/close() adjusting vb2 buffer refcount appropriately.
   This means that the buffer will be in fact freed only when the last
   mmap()ed view is unmapped.

2) Buffer has been exported as a DMABUF. Refcount of the vb2 buffer
   is managed properly by VB2 DMABUF ops, i.e. incremented on DMABUF
   get and decremented on DMABUF release. This means that the buffer
   will be alive until all importers release it.

Considering both cases above, there does not seem to be any need to
prevent reqbufs(0) operation, because buffer lifetime is already
properly managed by both mmap() and DMABUF code paths. Let's remove it
and allow userspace freeing the queue (and potentially allocating a new
one) even though old buffers might be still in processing.

To let userspace know that the kernel now supports orphaning buffers
that are still in use, add a new V4L2_BUF_CAP_SUPPORTS_ORPHANED_BUFS
to be set by reqbufs and create_bufs.

 updated documentation, and added back debug message]

Signed-off-by: John Sheu <>
Reviewed-by: Pawel Osciak <>
Signed-off-by: Tomasz Figa <>
Signed-off-by: Philipp Zabel <>
Acked-by: Sakari Ailus <>
Signed-off-by: Hans Verkuil <>
Signed-off-by: Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>
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