[U-Boot-Users] Atmel DataFlash hooks.

Ulf Samuelsson ulfs at atmel.com
Fri Jan 26 22:21:59 CET 2007

>> Now with the new approach to introducing patches,
>> I think the SAM9 patches should be sent in soon
>> and you will have a significant number of boards
>> that will break if you screw up.
> Just because I write the patches doesn't mean they get accepted.  They
> need to be acked by someone who has tested them first.  I'm offering
> to take on the workload of writing the patches, but I cannot take on
> the testing.  A number of the changes that I'm making right now (not
> just DataFlash) affect every single board, but I cannot test them all.
> Best I can do is make sure it works on the handful of boards I do
> have, post the patches for others to test, and only request inclusion
> in mainline when nobody reports problems with them.

I beleive a more proper approach is that
If you cannot test the patches yourself, then you need to wait
until someone confirms that the patch is actually working.

If noone tests the patch, that is an indication that noone is interested.

>>> For the stuff that *is* in mainline, I will of course make sure that
>>> the patches compile, but I cannot test them.  I do not have the
>>> hardware to do so, nor will I spend the time to test boards that I
>>> have absolutely no involvement with.
>> That sound like a great idea, introduce significant modifications
>> without testing...
> The mods I'm interested in are the architectural changes which I can
> and will test.  The DataFlash changes are collateral damage.  The
> alternative for me is to break dataflash support without even
> attempting to providing a solution.
>> I think you should spend time on modifying things you *can* test.
> Then how does *anybody* attempt to fix common code?  Nobody can test
> all platforms.

No, but you started off by saying you specifically are focusing on 
and then you need to test on the primary target for the dataflash
which is the AT91 series.

> Cheers,
> g.

Best Regards,
Ulf Samuelsson

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