[PATCH] ARM: footbridge: enable dc21285 mtd map in defconfig

Brian Norris computersforpeace at gmail.com
Fri May 29 18:18:19 PDT 2015

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 1:42 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux
<linux at arm.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 08:49:42AM +0200, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
>> On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 10:05:20PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>> > On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 12:55:58PM -0700, Brian Norris wrote:
>> > > On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 09:46:20PM +0200, Uwe Kleine-König wrote:
>> > > > This driver fails to build since release 3.2. Improve compile coverage
>> > > > by enabling this driver in the footbridge defconfig
>> > >
>> > > Actually, it did build, but it just had alarming warnings. I don't think
>> > > those warnings actually affected anything at runtime, except for lock
>> > > debugging (if enabled).
>> > >
>> > > But anyway, the change looks good, and I'm doing this in my local build
>> > > tests now, so:
>> > >
>> > > > Signed-off-by: Uwe Kleine-König <u.kleine-koenig at pengutronix.de>
>> > >
>> > > Acked-by: Brian Norris <computersforpeace at gmail.com>

^^ Sorry, in retrospect that was dumb.

>> > I'd say no to this - some boards have old (28F008) flash on them, which
>> > (iirc) doesn't take kindly to being probed by MTD.
>> Is this a bug? I'd say keeping the driver disabled in the defconfig just
>> papers over a problem.

I believe there are several ancient MTD drivers like this that don't
use any typical platform or PCI driver infrastructure, and so are much
more likely to just go and start assuming and poking things as soon as
their init code is run. A random sampling of drivers/mtd/maps/ turns
up things like this driver: drivers/mtd/maps/impa7.c. It just assumes
a few fixed physical addresses and hammers away...

> Yes it is papering over a bug, but...
> (1) I didn't add the driver.
> (2) I didn't see the addition of the driver.
> (3) I don't have the resources to be able to recover from a screwed up
>     flash bricking my footbridge platforms.
> So, I wouldn't even like to /try/ enabling it to see whether it doesn't
> have the behaviour I referred to.

This driver is so old and unloved (and semi-broken for >19 releases)
that I'd bet nobody actually uses or cares for it. So it really
doesn't make sense to be adding it to a defconfig. It'll just be
relegated to my build tests, so maybe I'll catch obvious build

I don't really know what to do with such drivers, though. For now I
tend to leave well enough alone (I know no history on many of these to
judge much otherwise), but it seems like some of these could
potentially cause people harm if they somehow manage to load one of
them. Maybe some of them should be removed, or marked BROKEN and see
if anyone complains.

>> Maybe modify the driver to not probe unless a kernel parameter is given?
> Possibly an alternative solution.


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