[coreboot] [PATCH] flashrom: List supported/nonsupported boards

Uwe Hermann uwe at hermann-uwe.de
Mon May 18 17:32:23 CEST 2009

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 03:40:30PM +0200, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
> > Tyan s2891, s2892, and s2895 are all supported without enables.

Thanks, updated.

I assume you tested at least one write or erase operation on all
three boards so you can be sure that there's no write-enable needed?

> That list seems like a hard one to keep up to date.

Not any harder than the list of tested chips, chipsets, etc. which we
maintain already.

Also, these two lists (known-good and known-bad boards) have been
maintained on the wiki for quite a while now already, we just moved
the "master" list into the tool, so that users can also get it
with 'flashrom -L' etc. (as we did with the list of supported chips
and chipsets).

> There are only a few boards that i own that require special code as 
> well... For instance, most of my msi boards are just happy without 
> anything special.

Please send a list of the vendor/name of those boards where you tested
write/erase with flashrom, I'll add them (or feel free to commit yourself
with a self-ack).

> But of course, if someone is crazy enough to want the sysiphean task of 
> maintaining such a list by himself, then by all means, let him do so, 
> but don't expect him to keep it up for long.

I'm here, I'll do it. It's just another list, just as the list of chip
testing reports, it can be maintained no problem.

The lists are _very_ important for users IMHO, we keep getting "is my
board supported by flashrom?" questions which this answers. Also, a user
has no simple means to find out if his board needs a write-enable (without
risking to brick the hardware in the process) the list is even more
important. It gives him either a "yes, someone has successfully tested
that writes work on this board" or "no, this board has been verified to
need special write-enables which are not (yet) implemented/reversed so
please don't use flashrom on this board).

If the user's board is in neither category, he'll probably show up in
IRC and we can help to test and put the boards in any of the categories.

Thanks, Uwe.
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