Possible race condition when accessing SPI NOR Flash ?
wd at denx.de
Thu May 1 15:31:26 PDT 2014
In message <53623597.8040909 at keymile.com> you wrote:
> Now when fw_setenv (, ) updates the environment variables, it sometimes
> (approximately 1 out of 100 runs) triggers such kernel errors:
> I see the same behavior with both the 2013.10 and the 2014.04 releases of
> u-boot/fw_env. The kernel we are using is 3.10.36.
> I suspect that the problem is related to SPI NOR/m25p80 driver: on the system we
> have a NAND Flash device with UBI volumes. If I create 2 ubi volumes on the NAND
> Flash and configure fw_setenv (/etc/fw_env.config) to use them instead of the
> the mtd devices targetting the s25fl256s1, I am not able to reproduce the
> problem, even over more than 10'000 runs.
Um... this is _Linux_ crashing - at this point the U-Boot driver has
nothing to do with it.. If there is a problem, then with the Linux
kernel / driver code. I guess you should rather post this on the MTD
> One other possible culprit that I see is the fsl_espi.c driver for the
> underlying hardware connection from the CPU to the NOR Flash, but I wanted to
> ask here if someone had an idea about what's going wrong.
It's Linux code....
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