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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mtd: Add simple read disturb test
Hi Richard,

On Thu, 02 Apr 2015 18:18:34 +0200
Richard Weinberger <> wrote:

> Am 02.04.2015 um 18:04 schrieb Brian Norris:
> > On Thu, Apr 02, 2015 at 04:13:46PM +0200, Richard Weinberger wrote:
> >> This simple MTD tests allows the user to see when read disturb happens.
> >> By reading blocks over and over it reports flipped bits.
> >> Currently it reports only flipped bits of the worst page of a block.
> >> If within block X page P1 has 3 bit flips and P6 4, it will report 4.
> >> By default every 50th block is read.
> >
> > Didn't read through this much yet, but why do we need another in-kernel
> > test that coul (AFAICT) be easily replicated in userspace? The same goes
> > for several of the other tests, I think, actually. But at least with
> > those, we have a history of keeping them around, so it's not too much
> > burden [1].
> I've added the test to drivers/mtd/tests/ because it fits into.
> As simple as that.
> > Brian
> >
> > [1] Although there are some latent issues in these tests that are still
> > getting get worked out (e.g., bad handling of 64-bit casting; too large
> > of stacks; uninterruptibility). The latter two would not even exist if
> > we were in user space.
> uninterruptibility got solved by my "[PATCH] mtd: Make MTD tests cancelable" patch.
> But if we want to kill drivers/mtd/tests/ I'll happily help out.

I'd vote for that solution too.
I've looked at in-kernel mtd tests, and I'm pretty sure they can all be
done in userland.
This would prevent any kernel crash caused by buggy test modules.

> Where shall we move these tests into? mtd-utils?

I guess so, but I'll let Brian answer that one.
How about dispatching them in mtd-utils' tests/ directory (some of them
are NAND related tests, so creating a tests/nand would make sense,
and others are more generic).

Best Regards,


Boris Brezillon, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering

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