[ECOS] Creating a file in JFFS2 within FIS

Paul D. DeRocco pderocco@ix.netcom.com
Mon Jul 23 21:41:00 GMT 2007

> >On Sun, Jul 22, 2007 at 01:06:54AM -0400, Paul D. DeRocco wrote:
> >
> > System: Atmel EB40A, ARM7. Redboot has FIS, and there's a blank 
> > "image" called "jffs2". eCos application loaded over serial 
> > for now, 
> > includes Posix, flash, JFFS2, etc.
> > 
> > My app is trying to create a file, using
> > 
> >   f = open("/dev/flash/fis/jffs2/cal.bin", 
> >              O_WRONLY|O_CREAT|O_TRUNC);
> > 
> > Down inside flashiodev_lookup, it's detecting the "fis/" 
> > part of the string, and trying to do the 
> > function on the name "jffs2/cal.bin", but the latter is returning 
> > -ENOENT. I'm under the impression that JFFS2 is supposed to 
> > be able to 
> > automatically initialize a blank flash area, but I also don't think 
> > it's getting that far. Am I missing something? Do I have to do an 
> > explicit mount? It seems like the system is designed so that 
> > "/dev/flash/fis" doesn't need mounting. Is the Redboot 
> > flash function somehow expecting a name like "jffs2" instead of 
> > "jffs2/cal.bin"? Any ideas?

> From: Andrew Lunn [mailto:andrew@lunn.ch] 
> You need to mount the filesystem. It is not automagically 
> mounted. There is a way to use FIS to indicate the location 
> of the filesystem in flash, however, im not sure how to use 
> it. Take a look at CYGNUM_IO_FLASH_BLOCK_CFG_FIS_1 in 
> io/flash/current/

That appears to be related to the legacy flash driver. I'm using the version
2 driver. I've selected CYGPKG_IO_FLASH_BLOCK_DEVICE and

I thought mounting was necessary in order to make the system recognize a
particular name in the form of "/dev/foo". However, the system is already
recognizing "/dev/flash", so that suggests that it is already mounted. It's
already getting to the flashiodev_lookup function in flashiodev.c, where
special code checks for the "fis/" part of the string. Where it's failing is
in the VV call to Redboot to get the base address of the flash. Yet the
Redboot signon shows the flash address range, and the "fis list" command
shows my image named "jffs2". However, as I said, it's asking Redboot to
find "jffs2/cal.bin" (the file I'm trying to create), not just "jffs2".

Or is there a second level of mounting needed to mount JFFS2, as opposed to
the flash device? I'm looking at the mount() function call, but I can't
figure what would be the devname and what would be the dir.


Ciao,               Paul D. DeRocco
Paul                mailto:pderocco@ix.netcom.com 

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