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From: Brian Norris <computersforpeace@gmail.com>
To: Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org>
Cc: linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, kernel@stlinux.com,
	linux-mtd@lists.infradead.org, devicetree@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 02/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Fetch boot device locations from DT match tables
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:27:44 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20150206042744.GK18140@ld-irv-0074> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1421853868-8262-3-git-send-email-lee.jones@linaro.org>

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 03:24:20PM +0000, Lee Jones wrote:
> To trim down on the amount of properties used by this driver and to conform
> to the newly agreed method of acquiring syscfg registers/offsets, we now
> obtain this information using match tables.

Where did this agreement happen? Are you only referring to the previous
patch?

I think I asked this previously, and I didn't get an answer.

Also, I realized that all this boot device / syscfg gymnastics is just
for one simple fact; your driver is trying to hide the fact that your
system can't reliably handle 4-byte addressing for the boot device. Even
if you try your best at toggling 4-byte addressing before/after each
read/write/erase, you still are vulnerable to power cuts during the
operation. This is a bad design, and we have consistently agreed that we
aren't going to work around that in Linux.

Better solutions: hook up a reset line to your flash; improve your boot
ROM / bootloader to handle 4-byte addressing for large flash.

What's the possibility of dropping all this 4-byte address toggling
shenanigans? This will be a blocker to merging with spi-nor.c.

> In the process we are deprecating the old generic compatible string and
> providing 3 shiny new ones for each of the support platforms.  The
> deprecated compatible string will be removed in due course.

Aren't you already removing the compatible string? (You changed this in
the latest revision.)

> Cc: devicetree@vger.kernel.org
> Signed-off-by: Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org>

[snip]

Brian

  reply	other threads:[~2015-02-06  4:27 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-01-21 15:24 [PATCH v4 00/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Align with ST's internal development Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 01/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: dt-bindings: Deprecate generic compatible string Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 02/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Fetch boot device locations from DT match tables Lee Jones
2015-02-06  4:27   ` Brian Norris [this message]
2015-02-10  7:46     ` Lee Jones
2015-02-24  5:04       ` Brian Norris
2015-02-24  9:41         ` Lee Jones
2015-03-13 16:06           ` Brian Norris
2015-03-16  8:13             ` Lee Jones
2015-03-30 18:16               ` Brian Norris
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 03/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Add support for Micron N25Q512A Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 04/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Add support for N25Q512 and N25Q00A devices Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 05/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Update the JEDEC probe to handle extended READIDs Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 06/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Update Spansion device entries Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 07/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: Improve busy wait handling Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 08/10] mtd: st_spi_fsm: General tidy-up Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 09/10] ARM: STi: stih416: Use new platform specific compatible string Lee Jones
2015-01-21 15:24 ` [PATCH v4 10/10] ARM: STi: stih416: Supply EMI clock reference to FSM SPI NOR Lee Jones

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