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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 0/4] mtd: nand: add per partition ECC config
Hi Florian,

On 12/02/2014 20:49, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> Hi Boris,
> 2014-02-11 13:46 GMT-08:00 Boris BREZILLON <>:
>> Hello,
>> This patch series is a proposal to add per partition ECC config.
>> It defines a new partition type called nand_part which stores a pointer to
>> a nand_ecc_ctrl struct.
>> This specific nand_ecc_ctrl struct is used in place of the base NAND chip
>> nand_ecc_ctrl struct when accessing NAND chip from nand_part MTD device.
>> If the partition does not define any ECC config, the NAND chip ECC config
>> is used instead.
> Although the idea does look nice on the paper, I wonder if it is
> really useful to have that much complexity in the kernel. Most likely
> what is happening is that your bootloader partition has a specific ECC
> scheme due to the CPU bootrom or whatever early bootagent is running
> on the system. When that is the case, this can be solved in user-space
> by preparing full pages (main+spare) along with their specific ECC
> requirements and use the MTD_FILE_MODE_RAW option on your specific MTD
> partition.

Okay, that should be possible, althought in the sunxi specific case I
figured out how to generate these ECC data yet (even if it's using BCH

> You do not describe what is the end goal of this patchset, which might
> help figuring out the potential other platforms requirements etc...

My goal is exactly the one you described above, I just thought this would be
much easier to handle this within the kernel, without having to develop
user space tools.
Moreover the user would be able to directly manipulate the data on the MTD

This implementation is not that complex and should not impact performances
(it's just using cur_ecc pointer instead of intern ecc struct).

Most of the extra code introduced by this series come from the new
partition type
handling, which is quite straightforward BTW.

Anyway, I understand your concern. Could MTD maintainers (and NAND driver
developpers) give there opinion too ?

BTW, I'm also working on a data randomization layer (needed by some
MLC/TLC chips)
within the NAND core framework and I'm using the same per partition approach
(for the exact same reason: boot0 partition uses a randomizer seed that
might not fit
the NAND chip requirements).

Should I reconsider doing this too ?

Thanks for you comments.

Best Regards,

>> This patch series also provides an helper function to parse DT defined NAND
>> partitions (ofnandpart_parse).
>> If you want to test it you'll have to replace calls to
>> mtd_device_parse_register with ofnandpart_parse within your NAND controller
>> driver and implement a driver specific parser function that will provide
>> the ECC config (see ofnandpart_data struct).
>> The 4th patch of this series is here as an example on how to move from MTD
>> partitions to NAND partitions.
>> Best Regards,
>> Boris
>> Changes since v1:
>> - almost everything :-)
>> Boris BREZILLON (4):
>> mtd: nand: take nand_ecc_ctrl initialization out of nand_scan_tail
>> mtd: nand: add support for NAND partitions
>> mtd: nand: add DT NAND partition parser
>> mtd: nand: add NAND partition support to the sunxi driver
>> drivers/mtd/nand/Kconfig | 4 +
>> drivers/mtd/nand/Makefile | 2 +
>> drivers/mtd/nand/nand_base.c | 763 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
>> drivers/mtd/nand/ofnandpart.c | 104 ++++++
>> drivers/mtd/nand/sunxi_nand.c | 69 +++-
>> include/linux/mtd/nand.h | 54 +++
>> 6 files changed, 835 insertions(+), 161 deletions(-)
>> create mode 100644 drivers/mtd/nand/ofnandpart.c
>> --
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