fsl-esdhc on P2020 weird endianess behavior

tiejun.chen tiejun.chen at windriver.com
Mon Jan 24 20:28:50 EST 2011

Elie De Brauwer wrote:
> 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...

As you said looks you can disable 'MMC_SDHCI_BIG_ENDIAN_32BIT_BYTE_SWAPPER' from
the Kconfig to rebuild Linux since its unnecessary for your target.


>>> 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

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