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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 3/3] partitions: Introduce NVIDIA Tegra Partition Table
On Wed, 4 Mar 2020 at 18:09, Dmitry Osipenko <> wrote:
> 04.03.2020 19:36, Ulf Hansson пишет:
> > On Tue, 25 Feb 2020 at 01:20, Stephen Warren <> wrote:
> >>
> >> On 2/24/20 4:18 PM, Dmitry Osipenko wrote:
> >>> All NVIDIA Tegra devices use a special partition table format for the
> >>> internal storage partitioning. Most of Tegra devices have GPT partition
> >>> in addition to TegraPT, but some older Android consumer-grade devices do
> >>> not or GPT is placed in a wrong sector, and thus, the TegraPT is needed
> >>> in order to support these devices properly in the upstream kernel. This
> >>> patch adds support for NVIDIA Tegra Partition Table format that is used
> >>> at least by all NVIDIA Tegra20 and Tegra30 devices.
> >>
> >>> diff --git a/arch/arm/mach-tegra/tegra.c b/arch/arm/mach-tegra/tegra.c
> >>
> >>> +static void __init tegra_boot_config_table_init(void)
> >>> +{
> >>> + void __iomem *bct_base;
> >>> + u16 pt_addr, pt_size;
> >>> +
> >>
> >> This shouldn't be hard-coded. IIRC, the boot ROM writes a BIT (Boot
> >> Information Table) to a fixed location in IRAM, and there's some value
> >> in the BIT that points to where the BCT is in IRAM. In practice, it
> >> might work out that the BCT is always at the same place in IRAM, but
> >> this certainly isn't guaranteed. I think there's code in U-Boot which
> >> extracts the BCT location from the BIT? Yes, see
> >> arch/arm/mach-tegra/ap.c:get_odmdata().
> >
> > So, have you considered using the command line partition option,
> > rather than adding yet another partition scheme to the kernel?
> >
> > In principle, you would let the boot loader scan for the partitions,
> > likely from machine specific code in U-boot. Then you append these to
> > the kernel command line and let block/partitions/cmdline.c scan for
> > it.
> The bootloader is usually locked-down on a consumer Tegra machines (it's
> signed / encrypted).

Right, you are you talking about this from a developer point of view,
not from an end product user?

I mean, for sure you can upgrade the bootloader on Nvidia products? No, really?

> Technically, it should be possible to chain-load some custom secondary
> bootloader instead of a kernel image, but this is not very practical
> because now:
> 1. There is a need to make a custom bootloader and it is quite a lot of
> work.
> 2. You'll have to tell everybody that a custom booloader may need to be
> used in order to get a working eMMC.

Yeah, I get the point. It's not an optimal situation, but I assume
it's about informing developers. They can cope with this, no?

> 3. NVIDIA's bootloader already passes a command line parameter to kernel
> for locating GPT entry, but this hack is not acceptable for the upstream
> kernel.

Well, I am just worried that we will end up with one partition format
per vendor/product, that wouldn't scale very well.

In any case, from mmc point of view I am less concerned, we can find a
way to support the needed bits. I just need to review the series more
carefully and provide some comments. :-)

However, before I do that, I would like to hear Jens opinion about
adding a new partition format, so I don't waste my time here.

Kind regards

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