Re: [PATCH] mtd: gpmi: properly handle bitflips in erased pages
From: Brian Norris
Date: Tue Dec 02 2014 - 13:22:26 EST
On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 09:28:58AM +0100, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> On Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:37:48 -0800 Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 at 09:18:18PM +0100, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > > On Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:41:39 -0800 Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Dec 01, 2014 at 08:12:39PM +0100, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > > > > Brian, I really like the idea of having a generic implementation for this
> > > > > feature (using read_page_raw) as you suggested here , but this implies
> > > > > having a temporary buffer to store the page read in raw mode and keep the page
> > > > > read in normal (HW ECC engine eanbled) mode, and I'm not sure we want to
> > > > > allocate more buffers than we already have.
> > > >
> > > > Why does this require an additional buffer? If we've already noticed an
> > > > ECC error, we're expected to return raw data anyway, so what's the
> > > > problem with clobbering the original data with a raw version of the
> > > > data?
> > >
> > > Well in the GPMI particular case (and more generally all NAND
> > > controllers which do not support subpage write) this is true, but if you
> > > can do subpage write, then you might have a bit flip in a specific
> > > chunk which is still empty, while other chunks are written and are
> > > expecting standard ECC correction.
> > > In this case you want to keep the 3 chunks with standard ECC correction
> > > and only one in raw mode with 'erased page bitflips' fixed.
> > So the problem's not really with subpage write, exactly; the problem is
> > for drivers that support subpage write, we don't have a way to perform a
> > raw subpage read without touching the other subpages.
> Yes, that's what I was trying to explain :-), and the only solution I
> see to address that is to have 2 buffers and then pick the most
> appropriate data for a given chunk.
We actually sort of have two buffers already in nand_do_read_ops();
ops->databuf and chip->buffers->databuf. The former can be pretty small,
but we could technically copy in any data that is "correct" to
ops->databuf, and then clobber chip->buffers->databuf with raw data.
But this may be more work than it's worth.
> Do you think we should focus on support for "non subpage write"
> controllers first, and then find an alternative for these controllers
> if someone really needs it ?
I think that may be alright. It doesn't look trivial to try to do an
erased subpage check on the subpage-programmed case anyway, at least in
generic code. We'd have to further understand what the OOB-per-subpage
partitioning is, and that information isn't currently in our ecclayout.
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