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Clearfog[Pro] U-Boot needs to be manually moved after update


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Hi,

 

I updated my ClearfogPro today and noticed (that like in the last updates),  updating the linux-u-boot-clearfogpro-next package fails,

with the error "/dev/mmcblk2" doesn't exist".

 

This happen obviously, because I don't have a SD Card installed, as I am using a M.2 SSD to boot and as root.

Quick check inside the .deb file revealed the platform_install.sh which only tries writing the u-boot.mmc version to /dev/mmcblk2.

 

For me this is not a big problem, I know how to get the correct u-boot into place (/usr/lib/linux-u-boot-next-clearfogpro_5.60_armhf/u-boot.sata) but new users might find it difficult.

 

Would it be possible to let the users select the device for writing the u-boot when the mmc variant fails?

Just a popup with a text saying: "Could not write u-boot to default location (sdcard/mmc), please specify device" and a textbox below...

(Might even look into doing something like this myself and then send a PR)

 

Or does Armbian normally keep track of where the u-boot is and I just did something wrong when moving from sdcard to ssd?

 

Greetings,

count-doku

 

EDIT:

Just realised this might apply to other boards to, if it would better fit into Development or so, please move.

 

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As there were no answers I suspect most people run of the sdcard / mmc anyways, or manually moving u-boot into place after an update does not bother them.

 

So I wrote a small update code for myself (see below), feel free to use it. 

#!/bin/bash

DIR=/usr/lib/linux-u-boot-next-clearfogpro_5.60_armhf
VARIANT=u-boot.mmc
DEVICE=/dev/mmcblk2

if [ -b $DEVICE ]; then
        echo "Writing u-boot to default location..."
        dd if=$DIR/$VARIANT of=$DEVICE bs=512 seek=1 status=noxfer
        echo "Completed!"
        exit 1;
else
        echo 'Could not write the default uboot to mmc/sdcard '
        read -p 'Please enter uboot variant to install: mmc, sd, sata, flash > ' VARIANT
        case $VARIANT in
                mmc|MMC|sd|SD)
                        VARIANT=u-boot.mmc
                ;;
                sata|SATA)
                        VARIANT=u-boot.sata
                ;;
                flash|FLASH)
                        VARIANT=u-boot.flash
                ;;
                *)
                        echo 'Invalid variant, aborting.'
                        exit 0
                ;;
        esac

        read -p 'Enter boot device (eg. /dev/mmcblk2) > ' DEVICE
        if [ ! -b $DEVICE ]; then
                echo "Device not available, aborting!"
                exit 0;
        fi

        echo ''
        echo 'U-Boot Path: ' $DIR
        echo 'Will now try to write ' $VARIANT ' to ' $DEVICE
        read -p 'Start writing? (yes/no)' START
        if [ $START == "yes" ]; then
                echo "Writing..."
                dd if=$DIR/$VARIANT of=$DEVICE bs=512 seek=1 status=noxfer
                echo "Completed!"
                exit 1
        fi
fi

Of course things like the U-Boot Directory change and need to be adjusted. It could also be called as a parameter.

 

I am unsure if it is possible to integrate that into Armbian as I could not find out, where the related linux-u-boot-clearfogpro-next.deb Packages gets build / comes from.

 

 

Greetings,

count-doku

 

 

 

 

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