Question reg. parsing of mtd partitions

Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov dbaryshkov at
Fri Jun 10 09:09:33 EDT 2011

On 6/10/11, Brian Walsh <brian at> wrote:
> On Thursday, June 09, 2011 05:23:31 am Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov wrote:
>> On 6/9/11, Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov <dbaryshkov at> wrote:
>> > On 09.06.2011 12:34, Dmitry Eremin-Solenikov wrote:
>> >> Hello, colleagues,
>> >>
>> >> While doing MTD partitions cleanup I noticed one strange thing.
>> >> parse_mtd_partitions function bears one extra argument (origin)
>> >> which isn't clearly described, set to non-zero only by ixp4xx.c
>> >> driver and then read by redboot partition table handling. I wander if
>> >> we
>> >> can add some other way to handle this situation and drop this extra 0
>> >> argument from lots of drivers/handlers/etc.
>> >>
>> >> Could you please check it?
>> >
>> > At least the ixp4xx part was added by commit f40a6f1cc7fe522,
>> > back in 2006:
>> >
>> > If the amount of flash is not divisible by 2 then the mask in
>> > parse_mtd_partitions would fail to work as designed.  Passing in the
>> > base address corrects this problem.
>> Found the original patch/report at
>> Awaiting for comments on this.
> The problem apparently only affects ixp4xx based boards running RedBoot as a
> boot loader. I thought that it should possibly go as a fix in
> drivers/mtd/redboot.c but I found the dev->resource->start parameter to
> parse_mtd_partitions to be the most graceful at the time.
> RedBoot on ixp4xx based boards starts flash addresses at 0x50000000 which
> Linux
> then starts at 0. So the partition table address entries are all offset by
> the
> RedBoot start point.
> I may be the only one who actually ran into the problem. I was working with
> a
> modified design that only had 48MB of flash. So as far as I am concerned it
> can
> be dropped. If every other board is using zero for that parameter it seems
> like
> it would make more sense to handle this condition in drivers/mtd/redboot.c?

I see your problem. It seems default code depends on size being a power of 2
_and_ start addr being aligned to the flash size. I think that usually that is
correct assumption, but we will need some override for the cases like yours.

Anyway I'm going to agree on the Artem's way to handle such cases.

With best wishes

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