Restart problems after writing to mtdblock?

Paul Nash paulnash at
Wed Nov 27 19:57:30 EST 2002

On 2.4.18, we're experiencing a problem where if we write some partition
through /dev/mtdblock (by opening, writing and closing in code, not from the
shell) when we close the device (and it's corresponding mtdchar device) and
then call reboot() with the restart option, the syste fails to successfully

I'm quite certain that what's happening is the flash chip (intel 640J part,
1x16 arrangement) is not being taken out of Read Array mode, so the
bootloader can't fetch instructions.  On our StrongARM board at the moment,
we don't have nRESET_OUT fed into the flash chip.  We're investingating
that, but I would like to knoew the root cause.

What's really weird is that if I go to the shell and cat file >
/dev/mtdblock/<id> and then reboot via the same system call, everything
works fine.  On the one hand, a bunch of syncs happen when busybox does the
reboot, but on the other hand, this particular partition is not a mounted
filesystem, and we tried inserting some sync() calls as well.

I notice that cfi_cmdset_0001.c, for instance, doesn't explicitly put the
chip into Read Array mode after completeing a buffer write or erase block
operation.  The intel datasheet generally recommends this.  Is there any
harm in it?  It looks like maybe the driver waits until a read operation is
requested before doing this?

Help greatly appreciated...


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