fsl-esdhc on P2020 weird endianess behavior

Elie De Brauwer eliedebrauwer at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 20:03:57 EST 2011

On 01/24/11 09:15, tiejun.chen wrote:
> Elie De Brauwer wrote:
>> On 01/24/11 04:26, tiejun.chen wrote:
>>> Elie De Brauwer wrote:
>>>> Hello list,
>>>> I have a P2020 processor on a custom board which uses the embedded
>>>> fsl-esdhc controller. Hardware-wise this is functional and in u-boot
>>>> everything seems to behave (mmc part 0 gives the correct partition table
>>>> and ext2ls/fatls are capable of reading the contents of the sd card).
>>>> However as soon as I start Linux (2.6.36), I get all sorts of unwanted
>>>> behavior. Linux is unable to detect the partition layout (but if I do a
>>> Can you re-partition that under Linux? i.e, you can use fdisk to do
>>> this. Then
>>> I'm a bit curious what it'll be happened.
>> This was already partitioned under (x86) Linux, and when I plug it into
> I means you should partition the disk on the PPC Linux, not x86. As you know x86
> work with LE for Linux, but PPC with BE. So I think you should partition that on
> the same type machine. Can you try it?
>> my laptop it sees the MBR (but also on target, in U-boot, the mmc part 0
>> command shows the correct partition table). And this does not explain
> I didn't check this implemented codes within u-boot. Maybe u-boot can do
> something to swap MMC ending problem. You can try to get the conclusion. Firstly
> you can re-partition that on PPC Linux then check if u-boot can identify it
> properly. I guess u-boot still can read that successfully.

Unfortunately two wrongs don't make a right here. When I fdisk it on 
target, then on target the partition gets detected, in u-boot it fails 
(Unknown partition table). To be honest this was already the behavior 
which I expected because the endianness swap was also seen for the card 
registers. So I think something more fundamental is wrong (which in turn 
smells like the "BIG_ENDIAN_32BIT_BYTE_SWAPPER" but this is used in a 
very convincing way by the fsl-esdh driver...

>> why the card registers (such as the scr pasted below) also seem to have
>> their endianess swapped, which will result in other side-effects, such
>> as improper reading of card capabilities.
>>>> hexdump of the MBR, I see the endianness is swapped (last 4 bytes are aa
>>>> 55 00 00). Also when I try to obtain the card registers they show the
>>>> same behavior:
>>>> # cat ./devices/soc.0/ff72e000.sdhci/mmc_host/mmc0/mmc0:0001/scr
>>>> 0000b50200000000
>>>> While for comparison the same value on my (x86) laptop gives:
>>>> edb at lapedb:/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:15:00.2/mmc_host/mmc0/mmc0:0001$
>>>> cat scr
>>>> 02b5000000000000
>>>> In my config I have the following set:
>>>> # CONFIG_MMC_SDHCI_PCI is not set
>>> At least looks the config is fine.
>>> Tiejun

Elie De Brauwer

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