simple ubi reader

Matthieu CASTET matthieu.castet at
Mon Nov 29 07:53:18 EST 2010


Artem Bityutskiy a écrit :
> On Sun, 2010-11-28 at 11:27 +0200, Vladimir Khmelnitsky wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I need to write bootloader which should read its second stage binary
>> from ubi volume.
>> I wonder if there is some simple open source code I can use to implement
>> ubi volume reader?
> I know people doing small bootloader code (closed source) with 4KiB
> constraint for whole code, and it supported UBI R/O. That was clever
> code made by clever people though. But here are some points:
> 1. You do not have to read EC headers when scanning
> 2. You do not really need to read the volume table
> 3. If you can assume you need only one volume, say, with vol ID 0, this
> simplifies things further.
> Also, AFAIR, some people found that placing VID header at the very end
> of the NAND page made ECC calculations easier and faster. This is
> actually why UBI has 'vid_hdr_offs' option which is not widely used,
> though.
> Anyway, this is the original old design document, which may contain some
> hints, but I'm not sure:
> The doc is not up-to-date, but all the design principles are valid.
We also develop one ubi reader (only static volumes), but it is not open 
source at the moment.
We mainly used drivers/mtd/ubi/ubi-media.h as documentation.

It is quite easy to write one, but there are tricky stuff to handle like 
selecting the correct peb for a logical block (copy flags, sqnum, ...).

EC header can be useful to parse if the size of the ubi partition can 
change (use of image_seq to determine the end of boot partition).


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