Re: Regression in handling of unsafe UBI shutdown

From: Artem Bityutskiy
Date: Wed Jul 20 2011 - 08:31:04 EST

On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 11:18 +0200, Daniel Mack wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 7:21 AM, Artem Bityutskiy <dedekind1@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2011-07-19 at 15:57 +0200, Daniel Mack wrote:
> >> UBIFS: recovery needed
> >> Error reading superblock on volume 'ubi:RootFS'!
> >> UBIFS not mounted, use ubifs mount to mount volume first!
> >> Wrong Image Format for bootm command
> >> ERROR: can't get kernel image!
> >>
> >>
> >> Hence my question is: were there any radical changes in the UBI/UBIFS
> >> code on the kernel side that make older code not like the new content
> >> anymore?
> >
> > Daniel, sorry, I have no time to look at this now, could you please try
> > to bisect the issue?
> It's not really easy to bisect as the issue is not always fully
> reproducable, and also because the flash needs to be re-initialized
> after it happened.
> Also note that it's not the kernel itself that complains about the
> state of the file system in this case but U-Boot. If we boot a 3.0-rc7
> kernel in such a situation (via USB for example), the kernel will
> recover the FS and continue.
> I don't know how many people use the UBI code in U-Boot, and I don't
> know either whether it was a good idea to go this way in the first
> place, but we didn't want to waste much space on the NAND for a
> fixed-size partition just for the kernel, and have a hard limit for it
> in the future. And as I said, this approach has worked just fine in
> the past.
> So, let me re-phrase my question: is anyone aware of changes in the
> UBIFS code between 2.6.36 and 3.0 that might cause trouble to U-Boot's
> UBI code from 2009?

I guess that would be an on-flash format change? I am not aware of such
changes, and if there were such - this is a big issue which we wound
need to fix.

Best Regards,
Artem Bityutskiy

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