Following FUSE & CUSE, Now There Is "MUSE" For MTD In Userspace

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Storage on 27 November 2020 at 04:24 AM EST. 11 Comments
FUSE is well known to longtime Linux users for allowing file-systems to be implemented in user-space for where a Linux kernel port isn't feasible for portability or licensing restrictions, among other factors. There is also CUSE for character devices in user-space. Now being based on FUSE, there is "MUSE" being worked on for MTD in user-space.

The Memory Technology Device (MTD) subsystem for Linux is working on the FUSE-based MUSE for being able to support emulators in user-space. MTD is a kernel abstraction layer for raw flash devices and various memory technologies. Currently there are a number of emulators within the MTD subsystem for driving their development but extending those emulators has been a headache. With MUSE they aim to punt all their advanced emulator work into user-space while having just a small kernel driver. It's similar in nature to CUSE but rather than being a character device exposed is a memory technology device.
MUSE allows implementing a MTD in userspace. So far userspace has control over mtd_read, mtd_write, mtd_erase, mtd_block_isbad, mtd_block_markbad, and mtd_sync. It can also set the following MTD parameters: name, flags, site, writesize and erasesize.

That way advanced simulators for many type of flashes can be implemented in userspace.

More details on the in-development MUSE or interested in Linux's MTD subsystem in general can see this patch series with the latest tentative work around this functionality.
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