Ethernet in a cold climate / SMDK6410
broonie at opensource.wolfsonmicro.com
Tue Dec 29 07:33:49 EST 2009
On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 10:04:41AM +0000, Andy Green wrote:
> On 12/28/09 22:44, Somebody in the thread at some point said:
> Like I say it sets up a magic nCS signal in the bootloader init, it
> talks about it as CS8900A but elsewhere they talk about "ethernet",
> so it may simply use this nCS to get to both ethernet chips, I
> didn't look at the schematic yet.
I'd assume so given that the board has a physical switch selecting between
the two ethernet controllers.
> Just a sanity check, it was the case for you too that g_ether is
> broken and although you get a logical usb0 at both sides, they
> cannot communicate?
I've never used g_ether, and my use of USB has been limited to testing
power path management.
> >Qi would be a massive step back for me in terms of usability
> >unfortunately - having to transfer things to an SD card to boot them
> >would add a lot to my edit, compile run cycle compared to netboot.
> You seem pretty sure about that, so much so I guess you never tried
> this workflow.
Really, I've tried this and similar workflows. Network boot beats
everything else I've tried.
> 1) you screwed your kernel and it blows chunks on boot. In that
> case, you either have to make arrangements in the bootloader to
> check a button and use a backup kernel if pressed (Qi supports this
> generically), or pop the SD card and write the kernel on the host.
> In the button case, you just reset with that button down and use a
> host build script to ssh / rsync over your next kernel try without
> touching the SD Card.
Either physically swapping the SD card or having to dance with the
bootloader to revert to a known good configuration then refresh are very
involved relative to flipping the power switch and booting, partly
because they do actually take a relatively long time and partly because
they aren't the same routine normally used to boot and so require more
attention and thought (not much, but enough).
> 2) you are working on a driver that can be done modular while
> there's risk of it blowing chunks. In this case your build script
> can build the kernel on the host and update the module over ssh /
> rsync. You then modprobe -r / modprobe it without touching the SD
> Card or even resetting.
This is what I'm actually doing - things that can be built modular
generally are, but there's always things that won't allow that.
> I don't see those workflows as any "massive step back"; compared to
> raw NAND being able to pop and rewrite the SD card in an emergency
> is certainly a massive step forward.
Compared to NAND removable media can be a win, yes, though with fast
JTAG having to rewrite the flash needn't be any slower so it's not quite
that clear cut.
> There's another reason to not act special towards the device with
> stuff that does not represent what will ship, as the developer
> you're the first user of it and if you're not hammering on,
> experiencing and optimizing the boot flow that ships, nobody else
With what I do it is relatively rare for me to work directly on
production systems - the majority of the systems I'm using for driver
development involve lots of flying wires and never see the light of
anything except my desk, the end result being either core kernel changes
or chip-specific drivers. Where I am working on production systems
generally either it's not possible to do anything except JTAG onto the
flash or the only thing changed by netboot is where the kernel image is
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