[PATCH v3 08/13] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Update the JEDEC probe to handle extended READIDs

Lee Jones lee.jones at linaro.org
Tue Feb 10 01:04:33 PST 2015

On Thu, 05 Feb 2015, Brian Norris wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 01:02:04PM +0000, Lee Jones wrote:
> > On Mon, 12 Jan 2015, Brian Norris wrote:
> > > On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:59:15AM +0000, Lee Jones wrote:
> > > > The previous code was based on 3-byte JEDEC IDs, with a possible 2-byte
> > > > extension.  However, devices are now emerging that return 6 or more bytes of
> > > > READID data and the additional bytes are required to differentiate between
> > > > variants or generations of similar devices.
> > > > 
> > > > This patch refactors the device table and JEDEC probe code to handle arbitrary
> > > > length READIDs, with the standard JEDEC definition now becoming a special case.
> > > > Functionally, there should be no change in behaviour.  A subsequent patch will
> > > > update the table with extended READIDs where applicable.
> > > 
> > > BTW, how's that promise going, where you work on adapting this driver to
> > > the spi-nor framework? We've already done some of this same work there.
> > 
> > I have pushed this point within ST and someone has agreed to do the
> > work.  Last I heard it relied on these patches, but I'll ask again.
> OK.
> > > > +#define RDID(...) __VA_ARGS__  /* Dummy macro to protect array argument. */
> > > 
> > > What? What needs "protected"?
> > 
> > You're asking me questions I can't answer I'm afraid and Angus has now
> > left the building.  I guess he thinks __VA_ARGS__ will prevent some
> > kind of overflow?
> If you don't understand your own code, how can I be expected to maintain
> it? This one's pretty trivial and harmless, but an accumulation of
> answers like this don't exactly put me in a good mood.

I have never written a line of code that I didn't understand and I
think you are quite aware that this has never been my 'own code'.

With regards to the previous accumulation of 'answers like this'; I
have never been, nor have any desire to be an expert on Memory
Technology Devices.  I was asked to upstream ST's NAND and NOR drivers
with support of the local expert and author; however, for reasons not
under neither of our controls, he has now left the company.  With him
went all of the historical reasoning for all for the questions you've
asked.  This is not my domain and have found it pretty tough to keep
up with all of your demands, both on this and the NAND driver but I
have been pretty subservient and keep up with them I have.  I am not
privy to any of the author's thoughts or reasons for any decisions
taken.  I can only hope that his comments might have some meaning to a
like minded 'expert' such as yourself.  If you don't know something,
then the chances are slight that I will be able to answer your query.

> FWIW, I expect the comment has nothing to do with the __VA_ARGS__; it's
> just commenting that he has placed a macro around the array just in case
> somebody needs/wants to rearrange formats later. That way, we don't
> necessarily have to rewrite the whole table, but can just change the
> macros.
> So the __VA_ARGS__ is just there to make the compiler happy (it thinks
> an array argument to a macro actually looks like more than one
> argument), and the comment is only mildly descriptive of its purpose.

I was present Passing Variable Arguments 101, so I'm aware of what
__VA_ARGS__ and "..." do at a functional level.

So it looks like you had a better idea of what Angus was trying to
achieve than I do.  Perhaps your question should have been more
specific.  I guess it's just the comment that you are unhappy with.  I
can remove it if it makes you happy.

Lee Jones
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