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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mmc_spi: do propper retry managment in the block layer
Hello Pierre,

Am Samstag, 11. April 2009 schrieb Pierre Ossman:
> NAK. Writes cannot be retried safely as upper layers rely on the fact
> that writes fail in a linear manner (a stupid assumption IMO, but
> that's the way things are).

Hmmm.... so this patch has to be improved. I think the (original) code in
mmc_blk_issue_rq() is somewhat questionable. As far as I understand the code,
in the case of an error, is not examined, so the code
starts over from the very first sector of the request, and rereads all
sectors (one after the another).

So if there is a non-recoverable write error, this code must stop and do not
continue to write, right?

But if there is a read error, it is OK and advisable to try to read the rest
of the sectors?

If there is a write error in the middle of a request, is it OK to do
__blk_end_request(req, 0,;
and try to retry from this point, and stop if there is a non-recoverable write

> > + /* Invalid response. This is most likely a transmission
> > + * error from card to host.
> > + */
> > + case -EINVAL:
> EINVAL is actually "host controller driver/hardware does not support
> this type of request".

"Hardware" is including the hardware of the SD card. This should NEVER happen,
because block.c issues only valid requests, which are translated to mandatory
commands for the mmc/sd card.

So if there is an EINVAL result from the lower layers, it comes from
transmission errors (card has not understand the command, or host has not
understand the response).

If EINVAL is coming from the HOST CONTROLER, a retry will not harm anyone.

I have seen EINVAL results due to spikes on the SD lines.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

best regards
i. A. Wolfgang Mües
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