NAND flash mounting problem

Haavard Skinnemoen hskinnemoen at
Thu Mar 1 05:40:52 EST 2007

On Wed, 28 Feb 2007 18:24:31 +0200
"J. Doo" <doodiexx at> wrote:

> > > According to the second table in
> > >
> > > It should be 85 19 03 20 ...
> >
> > I had a look inside flash_eraseall, and it seems like it converts
> > the 16-bit magic values to target_endian, which is by default the CPU's
> > native endian. So 0x1985 becomes 0x19, 0x85 and 0x2003 becomes 0x20,
> > 0x03 on a big endian CPU. The values you read are therefore correct as
> > far as I can tell, but of course, I could be missing something...
> In include/mtd/jffs2-user.h, cpu_to_je16 swaps bytes if target_endian
> is not equal to __BYTE_ORDER. But this is always false since it's
> value is set to __BYTE_ORDER in flash_eraseall. Does that make sense ?

Yes. 0x1985 is stored as 0x19, 0x85 on a big endian CPU. Since
cpu_to_je16 doesn't swap the bytes, this is how it will end up being
stored on the flash.

> > It's a bit strange that you don't get any error messages from the
> > kernel before the mount fails though. Enabling MTD debugging might help
> > of course. Btw, did you check dmesg? If the loglevel is set too low,
> > you might not see the error messages on the console.
> I thought I checked that, but now I see a message in dmesg when I try to mount:
> jffs2_get_sb(): dev_name "/dev/mtd1"

Ah, this should be /dev/mtdblock1, not /dev/mtd1. JFFS2 actually checks
if the device is a block device before continuing.

So I suggest you try this command:

mount -tjffs2 /dev/mtdblock1 /mnt/nand

Or, I guess the new way of doing things is either

mount -tjffs2 mtd1 /mnt/nand
mount -tjffs2 mtd:rootfs /mnt/nand

Although I've never actually tried that, so I could be wrong.

> jffs2_get_sb(): path_lookup() returned 0, inode 93db1254
> mtd debug level is at max (3), jffs2 debug is also set to max (2), but
> that's all I see.
> I've read somewhere that mount complains if the magic number were
> wrong, but I don't see that either.

I think it gives up very early, so it won't even attempt to read the


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