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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] mtd: spi-nor: add support to non-uniform SPI NOR flash memories
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Hi, Marek,

On 05/23/2018 03:54 PM, Marek Vasut wrote:
> On 05/23/2018 02:52 PM, Tudor Ambarus wrote:
>> Hi, Marek,
>
> Hi,
>
>> On 05/23/2018 12:56 PM, Marek Vasut wrote:
>> [...]
>>>>> [...]
>>>>>
>>>>>>>> + while (len) {
>>>>>>>> + cmd = spi_nor_find_best_erase_cmd(map, region, addr, len);
>>>>>>>> + if (!cmd)
>>>>>>>> + return -EINVAL;
>>>>>>> What would happen if you realize mid-way that you cannot erase some
>>>>>>> sector , do you end up with partial erase ?
>>>>>> Is this possible? In non-overlaid regions, the address is aligned with
>>>>>> at least one of the erase commands, else -EINVAL. For overlaid regions
>>>>>> alignment doesn't matter. But yes, if this is possible, in this case,
>>>>>> this proposal will do a partial erase.
>>>>> Shouldn't we fail up front instead ?
>>>> It will be great if we can do this without having performance penalties.
>>>> Can we loose the conditions for the last erase command? If one wants to
>>>> erase 80k chunk starting from offset 0 and only 32k and 64k erase type
>>>> are supported, can we erase 96k?
>>> No. But can you maybe build a list of erase commands to be executed once
>>> you validate that the erase can be performed for example ?
>>
>> My second choice was an array witch saves u8 opcode and u32 erasesize.
>> There are flashes of 256MB, in the worst case scenario with 4k erase
>> type, we will end up with 64K entries.
>
> Some RLE encoding might help here ?

Nice.

>
>> How about enforcing the length to be multiple of mtd->erasesize, like we
>> do in uniform_erase? With this, the problem disappears.
>
> What is the erase size for the 4k-sector 256MiB flash ?

S70FS01GS[1] is a 128 MByte flash with non-uniform erase support. It
supports 4k and 256k erase types. I would have to enforce the address
and the length to be multiple of 256k in order to vanish the issue. But
the whole point of non-uniform erase will vanish too, I guess.

I don't have any other good :) idea, so I'll implement your suggestion
with the list of erase commands and RLE encoding.

Thanks,
ta

[1] http://www.cypress.com/file/215911/download

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