[GSoC] End user flash tool – week #2

This week I started with adding new functions to libflashrom. I added 3 functions which purpose is to return a list of supported hardware:

int fl_supported_flash_chips(fl_flashchip_info_t *fchips);
int fl_supported_boards(fl_board_info_t *boards);
int fl_supported_chipsets(fl_chipset_info_t *chipsets);

For example, to obtain a list of supported boards, you can create an array of structures fl_board_info of suitable size, then pass it to fl_supported_boards(fl_board_info_t *boards) and you will have it filled with data, but how do you know what size your array should have?

There are other 3 functions which return number of supported hardware of certain type:

int fl_supported_flash_chips_number();
int fl_supported_boards_number();
int fl_supported_chipsets_number();

Work on libflashrom is still in progress, but as you can see some changes are already made, so I thought that it will be good idea to send a patch just for initial review to know if I am going in a good direction, so I sent a patch to flashrom mailing list.

With use of these functions I was able to extend GUI part of coreboot end user flash tool and add screen which shows list of supported chips, boards and chipsets – screen.

I also started writing unit tests for GUI part, I wanted to use googletest framework, but finally decided to go with QtTestLib as it provides easy introspection for Qt’s signals and slots.

After all of this work I am more familiar with flashrom codebase, but still have much to do and learn, now comes hard, but exciting part – testing and fixing functions related to operations – like reading, verifying, erasing and flashing. Some of flashrom functions previously used in libflashrom are now static or do not exist anymore. I ordered  ThinkPad T60 laptop and SOIC clip for testing purposes, T60 already arrived so lets start disassembling it!