Re: [PATCH 1/3] mtd: nand: Add on-die ECC support

From: Brian Norris
Date: Mon Apr 27 2015 - 19:24:08 EST

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:19:16AM +0200, Richard Weinberger wrote:
> Am 27.04.2015 um 23:35 schrieb Ben Shelton:
> > I tested this against the latest version of the PL353 NAND driver that Punnaiah
> > has been working to upstream (copying her on this message). With a few changes
> > to that driver, I got it most of the way through initialization with on-die ECC
> > enabled, but it segfaults here with a null pointer dereference because the
> > PL353 driver does not implement chip->cmd_ctrl. Instead, it implements a
> > custom override of cmd->cmdfunc that does not call cmd_ctrl. Looking through
> > the other in-tree NAND drivers, it looks like most of them do implement
> > cmd_ctrl, but quite a few of them do not (e.g. au1550nd, denali, docg4).
> >
> > What do you think would be the best way to handle this? It seems like this gap
> > could be bridged from either side -- either the PL353 driver could implement
> > cmd_ctrl, at least as a stub version that provides the expected behavior in
> > this case; or the on-die framework could break this out into a callback
> > function with a default implementation that the driver could override to
> > perform this behavior in the manner of its choosing.
> Oh, I thought every driver has to implement that function. ;-\


> But you're right there is a corner case.

And it's not the only one! Right now, there's no guarantee even that
read_buf() returns raw data, unmodified by the SoC's controller. Plenty
of drivers actually have HW-enabled ECC turned on by default, and so
they override the chip->ecc.read_page() (and sometimes
chip->ecc.read_page_raw() functions, if we're lucky) with something
that pokes the appropriate hardware instead. I expect anything
comprehensive here is probably going to have to utilize
chip->ecc.read_page_raw(), at least if it's provided by the hardware

> What we could do is just using chip->cmdfunc() with a custom NAND command.
> i.e. chip->cmdfunc(mtd, NAND_CMD_READMODE, -1, -1);
> Gerhard Sittig tried to introduce such a command some time ago:

Yikes! Please no! It's bad enough to have a ton of drivers doing
switch/case on a bunch of real, somewhat well-known opcodes, but to add
new fake ones? I'd rather not. We're inflicting ourselves with a
kernel-internal version of ioctl(). What's the justification, again? I
don't really remember the context of Gerhard's previous patch.

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