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CONFIG_MTD_BLOCK: Caching block device access to MTD devices

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_MTD_BLOCK has multiple definitions:

found in arch/cris/arch-v10/drivers/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_MTD_BLOCK:

Help text

Although most flash chips have an erase size too large to be useful as block devices, it is possible to use MTD devices which are based on RAM chips in this manner. This block device is a user of MTD devices performing that function.

At the moment, it is also required for the Journalling Flash File System(s) to obtain a handle on the MTD device when it's mounted (although JFFS and JFFS2 don't actually use any of the functionality of the mtdblock device).

Later, it may be extended to perform read/erase/modify/write cycles on flash chips to emulate a smaller block size. Needless to say, this is very unsafe, but could be useful for file systems which are almost never written to.

You do not need this option for use with the DiskOnChip devices. For those, enable NFTL support (NFTL) instead.

Caching block device access to MTD devices found in drivers/mtd/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_MTD_BLOCK:

Help text

Although most flash chips have an erase size too large to be useful as block devices, it is possible to use MTD devices which are based on RAM chips in this manner. This block device is a user of MTD devices performing that function.

At the moment, it is also required for the Journalling Flash File System(s) to obtain a handle on the MTD device when it's mounted (although JFFS and JFFS2 don't actually use any of the functionality of the mtdblock device).

Later, it may be extended to perform read/erase/modify/write cycles on flash chips to emulate a smaller block size. Needless to say, this is very unsafe, but could be useful for file systems which are almost never written to.

You do not need this option for use with the DiskOnChip devices. For those, enable NFTL support (NFTL) instead.

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