[coreboot] r3406 - trunk/util/flashrom

Peter Stuge peter at stuge.se
Wed Jul 2 18:51:33 CEST 2008

On Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 06:43:19PM +0200, Stefan Reinauer wrote:
> >If I tell flashrom to only write to a six-byte area in the chip - I
> >sure do not want the eraseblock to be erased.
> If necessary for those 6 byte to write, yes, that is exactly what
> you want.

No. I want an error if it is neccessary and I did not also ask for

There are at least two cases where this matters;

Flash coreboot with ff:ff MAC for onboard, set it up to download a
nifty flashrom-derivative payload that will reflash the MAC with
something useful before shipping. This operation should not
automatically erase and rewrite any data that was already in the

Add new files to v3 LAR in flash chip, this should also never erase
and rewrite data that was in the chip.

I think you could come with even more. :)

Because the user has not requested erase, I think erasing is a
critical bug. :\

> >Look at the GALEP software for comparison. 
> Yes, everyone knows the galep software is crap for exactly stuff
> like that. The new version does not allow autoerase anymore.

Too bad, because it is a nifty feature. But can you imagine the
customer response if they _forced_ autoerase (like flashrom) ?

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