[U-Boot-Users] Atmel DataFlash hooks.
wd at denx.de
Wed Jan 31 22:55:48 CET 2007
In message <007201c7455f$aebb2b20$01c4af0a at atmel.com> you wrote:
> But we dont all agree,
> I only see a bunch of non-data flash users that agree
> that dataflash users do not need to do memory commands.
How many dataflash *users* have voiced their opinion here?
> Memory commands are used to handle flash and DRAM.
... and other memory ranges that are mapped into the address sapce of
> Please explain to me why the users should care about
> that you do not like the internal implementation?
Where are those users?
> A perfectly good implementation would let the memory commands
> (after translation of environment variables)
> send the parameters to a validation routine for each supported memory.
I disagree here. You are talking about storage devices, not memory.
Can we agree that "memory" shall be considered something which is
directly addressable in the processors address space? So ROM, RAM and
NOR flash are memory, but NAND flash, data flash, an EEPROM with I2C
interface, USB, IDE, etc. are *not* memory? Once we have such an
agreement, then you will understand what the memory commands shall
support (memory), and what not (storage devices).
I am sorry that I did not catch this when dataflash support was added
initially, or when MMC support was added. My fault.
> The validation routine would return an accept or reject.
> If accepted, then for you would call a probe routine
> for any memorty read, which would return a pointer to a valid block
> of memory containint minimum n valid bytes.
And how do you explain to a user, that the "cp" or "md" command can
read valid data from some magic address, while accessing the same
addresses in a JTAG debugger does not work at all?
Sorry, this *is* conceptually broken. I agree that this needs to be
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