flash_eraseall with jffs2 corrupts separate partition?

Zeri Virgo sillyzeri at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 15:44:58 EST 2005

I have a few 64MB diskonchip 2000 (not TSOP). Given the apparent lack
of support in linuxbios, u-boot and RedBoot for my x86-based Boser
HS-4020 (and my lack of time), I'm trying the method of booting with
GRUB, loading a kernel from a small NFTL/ext2 partition and then
mounting a jffs2 partition as root.
I've been trying this with linux kernel and the utils from MTD CVS.

I've made a two-line change to diskonchip.c to shift the "BDTL
partition" it creates along a couple of MB to allow me to use the
following layout (is this ok?).
# cat /proc/mtd0
dev:    size    erasesize       name
mtd0: 04000000 00004000 "DiskOnChip 2000 (NFTL Model)"
mtd1: 03de0000 00004000 " DiskOnChip BDTL partition"

I want...
mtd0: grub_firmware and media headers totalling 131072 bytes.
mtd0: 2097152 bytes with ./nftl_format /dev/mtd0 131072 2097152 and ext2
mtd1: 64880640 bytes with jffs2

(BTW, I did try modifying diskonchip.c to give me an mtd1 of 2MB and
mtd2 of the rest, but, after running nftl_format /dev/mtd1, I didn't
get a /dev/nftla, b or anything to fdisk ???)

So, I run something like this...
# modprobe diskonchip    ( and get cat /proc/mtd0 results as above )
# flash_eraseall /dev/mtd0
# nftl_format /dev/mtd0 131072 2097152
# modprobe nftl
# fdisk /dev/nftla
[NB: fdisk seems to see the whole chip as available, but I create a
partition of 32 cylinders (65536 bytes a cylinder)].
# mke2fs /dev/nftla1
# nanddump -f /tmp/a -l 3000000 -b -p
[Things are as I'd expected - nothing touched before 0x20000 or after
0x220000, and /dev/nftla1 mounts and unmounts without any problems -
2MB as desired.]

# flash_eraseall -j /dev/mtd1
# nanddump -f /tmp/b -l 3000000 -b -p

/dev/nftla1 no longer mounts - group descriptors corrupted! A diff of
the two nanddumps shows the expected changes to the mtd1 area, but
also a few bytes near the beginning of the nftl partition have been
played with! Nearly 2MB before the mtd1 partition!
I have reproduced this a couple of times on different chips. Also,
making the nftl/ext2 partition after the jffs2 one seems to screw up
the jffs2 partition, though I can't see anything changed in the mtd1

Interestingly, flash_eraseall without the -j option doesn't seem to
affect the nftl area. I've put debug in flash_eraseall, and I can't
see anything wrong with the start and length values passed to the
ioctl calls.

There must be something I'm not understanding here, though I've read
all I can find......help!?

- Zeri

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