[PATCH 1/3] mtd: nand/docg4: add support for writing in reliable mode

Robert Jarzmik robert.jarzmik at free.fr
Sun Dec 9 05:25:57 EST 2012

Mike Dunn <mikedunn at newsguy.com> writes:

> The controller on the docg4 has a "reliable" mode, where consecutive 2k pages
> are used in parallel.  The initial program loader (IPL) on my Treo 680 expects
> the secondary program loader (SPL) to be written in this mode.  This patch adds
> support for writing data in reliable mode, by way of a module parameter.
> Support for reading in this mode (as the IPL does) is not supported yet, but
> alternate (even-numbered) 2k pages written in reliable mode can be read normally
> (odd-numbered pages will contain junk and generate ecc errors).

Hi Mike,

I was considering adding this to the docg3 driver, but I didn't because I was
afraid what would happen if you change this mode *after* mounting a partition.
Imagine you have your rootfs mounted on /dev/mtd2, and u-boot is in /dev/mtd1 :
wouldn't changing the reliable mode to write "mtd1" corrupt all writes to mtd2 ?

The patch I chose to make barebox (instead of u-boot) work was to write the
barebox part with a special tool which "duplicates" pages, which ends up in the
same flash writes.

My feeling here is this mode should be "mtd partition bound", not driver bound
if you want to have it in your driver.



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