[PATCH 2/2] docs: Add/Update state documentation

Markus Pargmann mpa at pengutronix.de
Fri Jun 17 02:14:35 PDT 2016

Signed-off-by: Markus Pargmann <mpa at pengutronix.de>
 .../devicetree/bindings/barebox/barebox,state.rst  |  4 +-
 Documentation/user/state.rst                       | 46 ++++++++++++++++++++++
 Documentation/user/user-manual.rst                 |  1 +
 3 files changed, 50 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
 create mode 100644 Documentation/user/state.rst

diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/barebox/barebox,state.rst b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/barebox/barebox,state.rst
index d50765705348..bcc3b3be10cd 100644
--- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/barebox/barebox,state.rst
+++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/barebox/barebox,state.rst
@@ -36,7 +36,9 @@ Optional properties:
 * ``algo``: A HMAC algorithm used to detect manipulation of the data
   or header, sensible values follow this pattern ``hmac(<HASH>)``,
-  e.g. ``hmac(sha256)``.
+  e.g. ``hmac(sha256)``. Only used for ``raw``.
+* ``backend-stride``: Maximum size per copy of the data. Only important for
+  non-MTD devices
 Variable nodes
diff --git a/Documentation/user/state.rst b/Documentation/user/state.rst
new file mode 100644
index 000000000000..c401f105bd64
--- /dev/null
+++ b/Documentation/user/state.rst
@@ -0,0 +1,46 @@
+Barebox State Framework
+The state framework is build to exchange data between Barebox and Linux
+userspace using a non-volatile storage. There are several components involved.
+Barebox has a state driver to access the variables. For the Linux Userspace
+there is a userspace tool.
+Currently the devicetree defines the layout of the variables and data.
+Variables are fixed size. Several types are supported, see the binding
+documentation for details.
+Data Formats
+The state data can be stored in different ways. Currently two formats are
+available, ``raw`` and ``dtb``. Both format the state data differently.
+Basically these are serializers. The raw serializer additionally supports a
+HMAC algorithm to detect manipulations.
+Storage Backends
+The serialized data can be stored to different backends which are automatically
+selected depending on the defined backend in the devicetree. Currently two
+implementations exist, ``circular`` and ``direct``. ``circular`` writes the
+data sequentially on the backend storage device. Each save is appended until
+the storage area is full. It then erases the block and starts from offset 0.
+``circular`` is used for MTD devices with erase functionality. ``direct``
+writes the data directly to the file without erasing.
+For all backends multiple copies are written to handle read errors.
+The ``state`` command can be used to store and manipulate the state. Using
+``state`` without argument lists you all available states with their name.
+``devinfo STATE_NAME`` shows you all variables and their values. ``state -s``
+stores the state.
+Starting Barebox will automatically load the last written state. If loading the
+state fails the defaults are used.
diff --git a/Documentation/user/user-manual.rst b/Documentation/user/user-manual.rst
index be44f0d64541..5841ea625c09 100644
--- a/Documentation/user/user-manual.rst
+++ b/Documentation/user/user-manual.rst
@@ -31,6 +31,7 @@ Contents:
+   state
 * :ref:`search`
 * :ref:`genindex`

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