Improve UBI user space tools
- Improve UBI userspace tools
- Ezequiel García <email@example.com>
Currently the UBI tools are a bit messy and not straight-forward to use. In addition, there are quite a few different -yet related- commands to accomplish different stages of an UBI/UBIFS preparation or flashing.
A possible way of dealing with such complexity would be revisiting these tools and introduce a new centralized tool (git-like), with sub-commands for the different tasks.
The benefit of this effort is obviously to simplify the (exceedingly) complicated task of dealing with UBI and UBI volumes setup, both off-box and in-box (presumably for developers testings).
For instance, the ubinize tool requires the setup of an 'ini' file specifying the volumes configuration, which is usually a bit annoying.
I'm not aware of any
A first working proposal of the centralized tool could be complete in 4 weeks. This work should be done as close to upstream as possible to come up with something useful to regular UBI users.
Richard Weinberger wrote:
IMHO we should not only focus on the user interface. Customers often ask me for the following two features: - A tool to extract files from an UBIFS image (AKA ubidump). - Fastmap support for the ubinize tool to generate fastmap enabled UBI images.