UBIFS on write-protected NAND

Leon Pollak leon.pollak at gmail.com
Mon Jun 3 04:11:52 PDT 2019


Sorry, I think the full UBI log may be also useful:
UBI: attaching mtd4 to ubi0
UBI: physical eraseblock size:   131072 bytes (128 KiB)
UBI: logical eraseblock size:    126976 bytes
UBI: smallest flash I/O unit:    2048
UBI: sub-page size:              512
UBI: VID header offset:          2048 (aligned 2048)
UBI: data offset:                4096
UBI: max. sequence number:       85
UBI: attached mtd4 to ubi0
UBI: MTD device name:            "File System"
UBI: MTD device size:            200 MiB
UBI: number of good PEBs:        1601
UBI: number of bad PEBs:         0
UBI: number of corrupted PEBs:   0
UBI: max. allowed volumes:       128
UBI: wear-leveling threshold:    4096
UBI: number of internal volumes: 1
UBI: number of user volumes:     1
UBI: available PEBs:             0
UBI: total number of reserved PEBs: 1601
UBI: number of PEBs reserved for bad PEB handling: 16
UBI: max/mean erase counter: 2/0
UBI: image sequence number:  126133844
UBI: background thread "ubi_bgt0d" started, PID 42
UBIFS: mounted UBI device 0, volume 0, name "ubi_rootfs"
UBIFS: mounted read-only
UBIFS: file system size:   199225344 bytes (194556 KiB, 189 MiB, 1569 LEBs)
UBIFS: journal size:       9023488 bytes (8812 KiB, 8 MiB, 72 LEBs)
UBIFS: media format:       w4/r0 (latest is w4/r0)
UBIFS: default compressor: lzo
UBIFS: reserved for root:  0 bytes (0 KiB)
VFS: Mounted root (ubifs filesystem) readonly on device 0:13.
UBI error: ubi_io_write: error -5 while writing 512 bytes to PEB
1600:2048, written 0 bytes
UBI: run torture test for PEB 1600
UBI error: do_sync_erase: cannot erase PEB 1600, error -5
UBI error: erase_worker: failed to erase PEB 1600, error -5
UBI: mark PEB 1600 as bad
UBI error: ubi_io_mark_bad: cannot mark PEB 1600 bad, error -30
UBI warning: ubi_ro_mode: switch to read-only mode
UBI error: do_work: work failed with error code -30
UBI error: ubi_thread: ubi_bgt0d: work failed with error code -30

And from here my rootfs is in ro mode only.

Thanks alot
Leon

On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 10:31, Leon Pollak <leon.pollak at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Thank you, Richard.
>
> On Sun, 2 Jun 2019 at 23:02, Richard Weinberger
> <richard.weinberger at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Jun 2, 2019 at 4:08 PM Leon Pollak <leon.pollak at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > I am sorry to disturb the list with the problem most probably already
> > > solved ion later versions...
> > >
> > > I am running Linux 2.6.32 from TI and my root FS is on NAND UBIFS.
> > > Linux boots with command line:
> > > root=ubi0:ubi_rootfs ro noinitrd ubi.mtd=4,2048 rootfstype=ubifs
> > > Please, note the "ro" in the command line.
> > > Also the HW write-protect line is always set to "protected" state.
> > > UBIFS stays most of the time in write protected HW state (system
> > > requirement) and RO mounted, except the very rare cases when some
> > > update is required.
> > >
> > > For this update purpose:
> > > - HW write-protect is removed in SW;
> > > - root FS is remounted to RW (mount -o remount,rw /);
> > > - the change is performed;
> > > - sync, sleep 3;
> > > - mount -o,remount,ro / ;
> > > - sleep 2, return HW write-protection;
> > > - reboot.
> > >
> > > For some unknown reason (may be you know?), sometimes something still
> > > remains in journal and on the next boot we receive a bundle of error
> > > messages with error codes -5 and -30. This happens despite the RO
> > More details please. Can you share a full back trace?
> This is an example:
> UBI error: ubi_io_write: error -5 while writing 512 bytes to PEB
> 1600:2048, written 0 bytes
> UBI: run torture test for PEB 1600
> UBI error: do_sync_erase: cannot erase PEB 1600, error -5
> UBI error: erase_worker: failed to erase PEB 1600, error -5
> UBI: mark PEB 1600 as bad
> UBI error: ubi_io_mark_bad: cannot mark PEB 1600 bad, error -30
> UBI warning: ubi_ro_mode: switch to read-only mode
> UBI error: do_work: work failed with error code -30
> UBI error: ubi_thread: ubi_bgt0d: work failed with error code -30
>
>
> > But in general a re-mount to ro does not guarantee a clean journal.
> > All it does is making sure that no new files can be opened in write-mode,
> > it is a VFS thing. UBIFS tries to be nice as possible and disables further
> > writes. Maybe your kernel has a bug, it is very old. Dunno...
> OK, I understand. Is there any way to flush ALL data?
> If "sync" and "ro" doesn't do the job, is there something more? Some IOCTL?...
> Solving this issue will be the best possible for us.
>
> > > state of the FS and effectively blocks all the system:
> > > - after these errors detection, UBIFS switches to read-only state,
> > > blocking any possible corrections/repairs.
> > > - we can't remove HW protection to allow it to finish desired work as
> > > it happens in the Linux boot, when initd is just starting.
> > >
> > > Now, I suppose that this issue (that everything is RO and shouldn't be
> > > tried to recover) is treated already in the new versions. My problem
> > > is that I can't move to newer Linux because of TI HW.
> > >
> > > So, my questions are:
> > > 1. Where in the code of UBI (UBIFS?) can I insert the HW write-protect
> > > removal in order to allow the UBI/UBIFS to do its desired work?
> > > 2. When can I put write-protection back?
> >
> > Using a write protected NAND is not recommend.
> > You basically remove the wear-leveling feature from UBI.
> > Blocks can gain bit-flips also in a read-only environment, consider
> > read disturb or other influences such as temperature changes.
> Well, as I said, these NAND is updated not more than 30-40 times in
> all its life.
> So, wear-leveling is not so relevant.
> May be this is relics of the NOR past, but our HW engineers always
> keep flashes write-protected to be on the safe side and avoid possible
> false writes/disturbances/problems at the power spikes.
> The main goal here is to keep the system bootable despite everything
> in the world, except nuclear explosion...:-)
>
> Thank you for your help!
>
> Leon



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