Re: [PATCH v4 6/7] mtd: spi-nor: simplify write loop

From: Michal Suchanek
Date: Fri Nov 20 2015 - 14:00:41 EST

On 20 November 2015 at 00:18, Brian Norris <computersforpeace@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Michal,
> Sorry this has sat so long...
> On Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 09:23:08AM -0000, Michal Suchanek wrote:
>> The spi-nor write loop assumes that what is passed to the hardware
>> driver write() is what gets written.
>> When write() writes less than page size at once data is dropped on the
>> floor. Check the amount of data writen.
> Have you seen write() return less than the page size? I know you've
> struggled with a SPI driver that can't do "very" (for some definition of
> very) long transfers, due to unknown bugs, but I thought that "very" was
> much larger than the page size.

Not in the case of a driver that can transfer 63 bytes at a time. It
because the DMA engine needed for normal operation was not merged yet,

>> This also means that write can start mid-page any time so there is
>> no special case for first page.
> I think we'd have some problems if we start seeing hardware that can't
> write ~256 bytes at a time. If nothing else, this can be a problem
> because some SPI NOR flash are known to have inferior reliability if you
> regularly write in small chunks. I believe this is because they actually
> use some kind of internal ECC.
> So, if you're just guarding against a theoretical behavior, perhaps it's
> best if this is done with some kind of assertion, as I'd rather not
> encourage non-aligned writes if possible. I notice you used BUG_ON() in
> another patch, but I'd suggest maybe something less harsh, like WARN()
> or WARN_ONCE().

I agree that a warning is in order in the case when whole page cannot
be written in one go.


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