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Update: The patch has now been accepted into Mesa-git and will make its way into the next Mesa release.

It seems Feral Interactive are busy bees behind the scenes towards something, as one of their developers has sent in another patch for the Mesa 'radv' Vulkan driver. This is the second patch in quick succession from that particular developer, which is nice to see.

From the mailing list entry titled "Reinitialise loaderMagic when allocating a cached command buffer":
QuoteThis must be set to ICD_LOADER_MAGIC by vkAllocateCommandBuffers, which was being done when allocating a new buffer but not when reusing an existing one in the cache. This would hit an assertion and crash in debug builds of the Vulkan loader.

It's currently in the Mesa-dev mailing list awaiting review.

Exciting, as we know Feral are working on Vulkan for a Linux port to come, but what? I'm excited to find out. Hopefully whatever it is will be good for AMD users with the patches Feral is sending in to help radv development (as well as all the work the other Mesa developers are doing!).

With all the work being done in Mesa right now, Mesa 17.1 should be a pretty nice release.
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Donkey 13 March 2017 at 8:50 pm UTC
Looking forward to some new Vulkan games. Hopefully they will use Vulkan for new ports of older games as well. Too bad amdgpu is not yet enabled by default for some of the older GPU generations.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 13 March 2017 at 10:11 pm UTC
Thanks Alex! Thanks Feral! It's really nice to see that all kind of companies are participating in improving Mesa/radv nowadays. Go Go Go!
babai 13 March 2017 at 10:17 pm UTC
Another reason to support Feral. This makes me want to buy games that I won't even play coz these dudes improve the drivers that would make all games play better!
STiAT 13 March 2017 at 11:58 pm UTC
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When I read "loaderMagic" I had to think on "shit, we don't know what we're doing there anymore, let's call it magic" .
Beamboom 14 March 2017 at 7:46 am UTC
babaiAnother reason to support Feral. This makes me want to buy games that I won't even play coz these dudes improve the drivers that would make all games play better!

I'm gonna buy Dirt Rally with my next salary even though I can't stand simulators, for this exact reason.
We are at a point now where we really really depend on a few parties out there, Valve obviously but Feral too is right there amongst the core parties.
liamdawe 14 March 2017 at 12:08 pm UTC
Update: The patch has now been accepted into Mesa-git and will make its way into the next Mesa release.
Alexander 14 March 2017 at 4:33 pm UTC
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I love that, thankyou Feral. And liam for the news.
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