[ELDK] Erasing NAND Flash rootfs and 2minutes
dzu at denx.de
Wed Sep 1 11:46:22 CEST 2010
Hi J.Hwan Kim,
> I'm using ELDK 4.2 for arm and root filsystem made by following DULG.
> My platform is using NAND flash as MTD device.
> NAND memory map is as follows :
> 0x00000-200000 : ATMEL boot strap code
> 0x20000-60000 : U-boot
> 0xA0000-2A0000 : Kernel
> 0x2A0000-0x10000000 : Root File System
Ok, so you have ~253MiB rootfs.
> When I write root file system, I uses command in u-boot as follows:
> > tftp 0x22000000 188.8.131.52:root.jffs2
> > nand erase 0x2a0000 0xfd60000
> > nand write.jffs2 0x22000000 0x2a0000 0x3a0000
> It writes well.
Yes, you completely erased the whole NAND and you have written only
3.625 MiB - all the rest is really empty.
> However, the machine operates abnormally during first 2minutes,
> after erasing root file system area and write root file system.
> It cannot run some system command such as "system("reboot")" in program
> and also in shell. The timer seems operates 2times over than my setting.
> For example , the LED blinks per 2second, which I set 1second.
> After 2minutes after erasing flash memory, all operation come back
> For exmple, LED blinks in period I set, and "system("reboot")" works well.
> Who did ever see such a case before?
> I don't know what the kernel does in the first 2minutes with NAND Flash
> root file system.
I don't know why the LED flashes faster, but the rest is expected
behaviour. JFFS2 uses "clean markers" for its own infrastructure which
have to be present on the device. When a device is completely clean, it
will write them byitself in a kernel thread in the background on the
first mount (see ).
> How can I fix the problem?
The only way to fix this is to pre-write the cleanmarkers. In U-Boot
this should be done by "nand erase clean" and for Linux the solution
recommended in the FAQ is to use the "flash-eraseall -j" command from
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