[PATCH v4 2/5] block: add partition parser for U-Boot uImage.FIT

Matthew Wilcox willy at infradead.org
Wed Nov 9 09:21:01 PST 2022

On Wed, Nov 09, 2022 at 02:36:11PM +0000, Daniel Golle wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 09, 2022 at 01:58:29PM +0000, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > ... actually, why can't you call read_part_sector() and avoid all of
> > this?
> I've tried that before and the problem is that read_part_sector()
> returns a pointer to one sector (typically 512 bytes) of data.
> And this pointer should not be accesses beyond sector boundaries,
> right? You'd have to call read_part_sector() again for the next
> sector.
> The FIT structure, however, usually exceeds the size of one sector,
> and having a continous memory area covering the structure as a whole
> is crucial for libfdt to do its job.
> I could, of course, use read_part_sector() to copy all sectors
> covering the FIT structure into a buffer, but that seemed strange
> given that read_part_sector() actually used read_mapping_page()
> (and now uses read_mapping_folio()) internally and then returns a
> pointer to the offset within the page/folio. So why not read it in one
> piece in first place instead of having it first split up to sectors
> by read_part_sector() just to then having to reassemble it into a
> continous buffer again.

Are you guaranteed that it's "sufficiently" aligned on storage so
that it fits entirely within a single page?  If not, you'll have
to copy it, vmap it, or fix libfdt to handle a segmented buffer.

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