How to quickly write cleanmarkers to jffs2 partitions?

Mathieu Deschamps mathieu.deschamps at
Fri Mar 3 20:08:20 EST 2006

On Thursday 02 March 2006 17:06, David Jander wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering if there is a trick or common technique I am ignoring to
> make this more efficient:
> This is for a 2.4 kernel based system.
> In production we use either u-boot or a NFS mounted linux system to erase
> flash and write jffs2 partitions to it. The jffs2 images are small (not
> padded to full partition size to save programming time), but the partitions
> are rather big (12 Mbyte in one case). Problem is that when booting for the
> first time, one has to wait several minutes (during which the system is
> more or less useless and busy) to get all cleanmarkers written to flash by
> the jffs2 gc thread. This huge delay is rather unacceptable for production,
> so we are looking for a work-around.
> One option would be to make jffs2 images that are padded to full partition
> size, but that also isn't very efficient, considering the image is only
> about 100k in beginning and the partition is 12 Mbyte in size. That would
> take a lot of time programming flash (less time than having the jffs2
> driver fix this nevertheless).
> Another option is making a little program that writes cleanmarkers in every
> eraseblock starting from the first completely empty one in a partition
> before mounting that partition for the very first time after flashing.
> Since this seems to me like a common situation, I'd like to know if anybody
> knows about a better solution, or if anybody has already dealt with this
> before.
> Greetings,


"When preparing a flash partition for JFFS2, it is recommended to put 
cleanmarkers to the erased blocks.
This might be done my means of "-j" option of the "flash_eraseall" MTD 
utility. Otherwise, JFFS2 will re-erase the blocks
which contain all 0xFF and have no cleanmarker. This is an unneeded wasting of 

Source :

does this may be relevant ?

Best Regards,

Mathieu Deschamps.

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