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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: spi-nor: clear Extended Address Reg on switch to 3-byte addressing.
On Mon, Jul 23 2018, Brian Norris wrote:

> Hi Neil,
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 2:45 PM, NeilBrown <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 23 2018, Brian Norris wrote:
>>> On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 6:05 PM, NeilBrown <> wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Apr 09 2018, Marek Vasut wrote:
>>>>> On 04/08/2018 11:56 PM, NeilBrown wrote:
>>>>>> were added to Linux. They appear to be designed to address a very
>>>>>> similar situation to mine. Unfortunately they aren't complete as the
>>>>>> code to disable 4-byte addressing doesn't follow documented requirements
>>>>>> (at least for winbond) and doesn't work as intended (at least in one
>>>>>> case - mine). This code should either be fixed (e.g. with my patch), or removed.
>>> I would (and already did) vote for removal. The shutdown() hook just
>>> papers over bugs and leads people to think that it is a good solution.
>>> There's a reason we rejected such patches repeatedly in the past. This
>>> one slipped through.
>> Hi Brian,
>> thanks for your thoughts.
>> Could you just clarify what you see as the end-game.
>> Do you have an alternate approach which can provide reliability for the
>> various hardware which currently seems to need these patches?
>> Or do you propose that people with this hardware should suffer
>> a measurably lower level of reliability than they currently enjoy?
> I'd suggest following the original thread, which I resurrected:
> [PATCHv3 2/2] mtd: m25p80: restore the status of SPI flash when exiting

Thanks for the links.

> I suppose I could CC you on future replies...

No need (though I wouldn't object). Thanks for the heads-up!

> My current summary: I'd prefer the hack be much more narrowly applied,
> with a big warning, if we apply it at all. But if we don't merge
> something to narrow the use of the hack, then yes, I'd prefer a
> degraded experience for crappy products over today's status quo.
I'm strongly against degrading experience - partly because it could be
my experiences, partly because it seems to go against the pragmatic
basis of Linux - we build this thing because it is useful.
I don't object to highly focuses handling of specific "quirks" - that
seems to be an established pattern in Linux.

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