[PATCH 6/6] [MTD-UTILS] nandwrite: Add Support for Reading from Standard Input

Ladislav Michl ladis at linux-mips.org
Thu Nov 20 17:50:22 EST 2008

On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 09:36:52AM -0700, Grant Erickson wrote:
> On 9/8/08 9:14 AM, Ladislav Michl wrote:
> > - code uses lseek. Obviously, you cannot seek on pipe.
> True enough. The patch avoids the lseek to determine input file size;
> however, did not address the 'markbad' recovery lseek case.
> Short-term proposal: like 'writeoob', disable 'markbad' support when reading
> from standard input and condition the whole 'markbad' logic on not reading
> from standard input.

It is not about marking bad blocks. Nandwrite will end with unrecoverable
error on first failed write and that is not acceptable in production


> > PS: It is remotely possible that one day I do it myself, but I'm
> > notoriously slow on doing things I do not urgently need.

Well, it took less than three months. Not so bad :-)

And it turned out to be imposible to fix it properly without solving
following issue first.
MEMSETOOBSEL ioctl used to implement these options
  -a, --autoplace     Use auto oob layout
  -j, --jffs2         Force jffs2 oob layout (legacy support)
  -y, --yaffs         Force yaffs oob layout (legacy support)
  -f, --forcelegacy   Force legacy support on autoplacement-enabled mtd device
  -n, --noecc         Write without ecc
was removed more than two years ago and found its way into 2.6.18-rc1. See

I hope legacy support can be safely removed (please raise your voice now)
which leaves only --noecc for implementation. Possible scenarios are:
1. Image does not contain OOB data
   Read whole eraseblock to buffer and write it to flash
2. Image contains OOB data (--oob is given)
   Set MTDFILEMODE to MTD_MODE_RAW, read whole eraseblock
   (data:oob:data:oob...) into buffer and write it to flash
3. Image does not contain OOB data and --noecc is given
   Set MTDFILEMODE to MTD_MODE_RAW, read whole eraseblock,
   insert 0xff into OOB after each writeblock, write into
4. Image contains OOB data and --noecc is given

As I have never need writing images with OOB I'd like to ask for help
how should be case 3 and 4 handled.


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